Available Counseling and Editing Services

All payments are receivable via either PayPal, Zelle, or check. Payments for application packages are accepted one-third before our first meeting, one-third on August 1st and one-third on December 1st.

To register for a service or for more information, use the Free Consultation form. You will receive a free Zoom consultation to discuss what you’re looking to accomplish this fall and to hear how I think I can help. I look forward to hearing from you.

College Application Services

Note: I also offer 10-schools + the UCs for the same rate.

Yo let’s go let’s get into college!!!

Here are the perks I can guarantee I will offer:

– Weekly hour-long meetings between the student and me. This is where the majority of our outlining and editing work will happen. A full application cycle generally takes 20-25 weekly meetings to complete. Meetings  occur online via Zoom. Doing so allows me to work with students from both the Bay Area and greater US. I have about half of both. I wear fun college shirts you’ll like it.

– Brainstorming and outlining assistance for every single application essay. This includes but is not limited to the Common App Personal Statement, Coalition Personal Statement, and every individual school supplemental essay. If comparing my prices to other counselors, make sure to check exactly how many essays a “complete” service offers you. Often it will only include the Common App essay and one additional school. There are a lot more essays to do than that.

– Full content and copy-editing from a professional writer with 15+ years experience (me!). I do not write essays for students, but I do plan and edit them to the best of my ability. My take on the situation is if I were an editor at a “getting into college” factory, and I received a piece of work, what would I do before I sent it to be published?

– It’s worth emphasizing again. What you are paying for is an hourly weekly meeting with me, every week until every application is submitted. This isn’t some “pass essays back and forth through Email” thing. You get a weekly hour slot on my Google Calendar and then we meet and work together for the full hour every week. I am extremely hands on with my work and do everything I can ahead of time to make that hour together each week as productive and enjoyable as possible. If you’re interested in me because of my blogs, understand that I feel that I am significantly better working 1-on-1 than I am trying to summarize everything in 3,000 words.

– I also handle every aspect of the work. If you chat with other consultants, ask them who will be doing the actual essay editing. If it is not the person you are chatting with, demand to speak to the person you will actually be trusting with your application. 80% of the college application work is essays. The easiest way to scale in this industry is to do the fun, easy parts like school lists and resumes for like 40 students. Then you quietly hand off the actual hard writing work that matters most to English majors making $27 an hour. I refuse to do that, which is why I can only take ~15 students per year. You are getting the real deal.

– If you are looking for exactly what will get done it our time together, here is a list: Common App Personal Statement essay, Coalition essay, Common App/Coalition Extracurricular list, school resume, interview prep, 12 school supplementals, and anything else we need to do to submit a full application for each school. If it is related to college and your question is, “Will Mattie handle that?” The answer is yes.

*If opting for the 9-school + UC, it’s the same as above only 9 schools + the entirety of the UC application, namely 4 PIQ essays and UC Extracurricular list.

– New this year! Full interview prep including a mock interview and feedback with a former Brown University interviewer and very special guest.

– I also offer assistance on alternative essays types such as fly-in essays or scholarship essays as worth one school.

– I’ll analyze your handwriting the first time we meet.

– College resume creation based on the one I use to apply to jobs. I stole a template off the internet like three years ago, and it’s excellent. I promise.

– 6-Day Email support. I take Sundays off and watch football with my cat. The other six, I’m around to help you. I also stay up super late, so I’ll get back to you weirdly fast when something happens at like 3 AM.

– Additional at-home editing work as necessary. I don’t charge hourly because I learned quickly that this isn’t an hourly job. While our hourly meeting will be when most work gets done, I’m fully prepared for additional editing work when necessary. I’m not lazy.

– Also new this year! I plan to buy a second copy of Grammarly Premium for my students to share. This is honestly going to be huge.

– General feedback and advice related to the admissions process. This includes everything from teacher recs to making sure your test scores are being submitted on time. This is a major benefit of having me live every week. I have thoughts and suggestions about every aspect of getting into college. I also talk a lot. You will hear my thoughts and suggestions.

– Access to my full system regarding college admissions. I do have a system. If you read all my blog content, you should gain a decent idea of what I think colleges want to see. But there are many, many ideas, tips, and strategies for this process that I either haven’t written about or don’t plan to write about until I can do so as a sold program. I am constantly modifying my strategy to give you the best chance for success I possibly can.

– Become a stronger writer. If I wasn’t doing this job, I would be teaching creative writing classes. You can see from my blog that I’m good at explaining complex writing concepts in a way that’s easy to understand. I make an attempt to explain all the editing decisions I make, with the goal of you not making those same mistakes again. Even for those applying STEM, an ability to write clean, understandable prose is essential in both college and the corporate world.

– Guidance and moral support from someone who gets it. Applying to college is hard. I’ve seen the mental, physical and emotional toll it takes on students and parents alike. I’m not a wizard or a therapist, but I’m easy to talk to, know what I’m doing, and will at least tell you what’s going on. I fancy myself some mad scientist, cracking the college admissions process lever by lever. But the #1 piece of positive feedback I get from former students is that I managed to reduce their stress levels during this intense process in a way they truly appreciate. They describe me as “chill” a lot.  

– If there is ever a problem, Email me and I will do whatever I can to fix it. If some school or company is screwing up, tell me and I’ll call and yell at them. I’ve got a bit of a momma bear complex where I’m about as calm and affable a guy you’ll meet…until someone or something does my student dirty. Then the Karen fangs come out until it’s fixed. I work with many families where one or neither parent speaks fluent English. I’ve seen how overwhelming it can be to get important bureaucratic college things done when a language barrier makes those things even harder. I’ll bridge that barrier.

– Continued support during and past acceptance day. Most notably assistance with Letters of Continued Interest for wait-listed schools, as well as Email support regarding what to do or where to go. I feel like a lot of consultants get you to New Years and then flee. I’m incapable of not wanting to know what happens to my students after I’m done working with them; may as well offer my pestering as a planned service.

– My personal guarantee that everything will get done and that it will be good. In my entire life, I have never missed a deadline. I don’t plan to start this year

I offer a compromise package for those looking for both UCs and Common App support. 

This package includes the same content as the 12-school, only with 4 schools. It also includes the full UC application including 4 “PIQ” essays and EC list.