Tell your story, attend your dream school.

80% of valedvictorians don't get into their first choice schools. 75% of qualified applicants are rejected from top-tier universities. 


Their essays fail to distinguish them.

Writing is an art, the college essay

is a science. (Life is both!)

First, you need a

story to tell.

Constructing your personal narrative begins now. 

Enter moi, your college applications coach & new best friend.
I'm Lianne, a Yale alum who's helped hundreds of students gain admission to their dream schools. (Yes, including the Ivies!) I can help you, too.  
Why hire an
application strategist?
COVID has changed the rules of the game, which requires a strategy for success. Students who work with a qualified college coach are guaranteed to outperform other applicants, avoid common mistakes that lead to rejection, and get their acceptance letters without the typical stress and burnout associated with college applications. 
Why work with me?
I bring humor and compassion into an experience that can otherwise feel demoralizing. I encourage students to embrace the process as an opportunity for self-reflection and growth. I provide insider tips gleaned from over a decade of admissions experience. And I have a damn good track record. 


Working with The Writing Sage was amazing! She taught me more than any of my English teachers did. We worked together to plan and revise my college essays and supplements. I'm now enrolling at Trinity, Dublin!

—  Leah, Student

The skills students learn from me serve them throughout their lives.
I teach students how to express themselves in writing and how to design their lives for success and fulfillment. These are invaluable skills. Working with me is an investment not only in your child's future but also in his, her, or their capacity for self-actualization.
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Let's develop your story!


Comprehensive application strategy

Extracurricular, internship, & summer advising (life design!) 

Brainstorming, outlining, and revisions of all supplements & personal statements

Organizational support & time-management

Regular coaching calls & progress reports

Customizable packages to meet each student's needs