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Qualified Teacher | Former Admissions Officer | MS Journalism and Communications

I initiated Crafting Your Story after spending two years engaged in Admissions Reading for Princeton University, during which time I meticulously reviewed and assessed thousands of applications from across the globe. My core conviction is that our stories are of paramount importance, taking ownership of one's narrative is essential to crafting a successful application.

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College Admissions:Qualified Online Tutor (Ivy League Admissions Expert)

Degree Qualifications: Former Admissions Officer/MS Journalism and Communications (1999)/Certificate in International Studies (1996)

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I launched "Crafting Your Story" following two years of Admissions Reading for Princeton University, where I read and analysed thousands of applications from around the world.

My fundamental belief is our stories matter and owning your own personal narrative is critical to formulating a successful application.

I work with students on brainstorming essay ideas, strategically approaching the extracurricular activities lists and resume (C.V.), picking a major, and college lists. My students have been accepted into Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Chapel Hill – North Carolina, Rutgers University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Bard College, Rider University, Emory University, and many more.

I also work with four other college consulting firms on editing, strategic positioning in the applications, mock interview preparations, and brainstorming selective summer programs and activities to enhance their application.

Tutoring Approach

The most important aspect of my work is the joy I feel when a student tells me,

“This feels like therapy. I had no idea I was going to learn so much about myself. I couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you!”

The process of reflecting on your experiences is a powerful one and helps you understand how to best approach the application process with absolute confidence through owning your narrative.

There is nothing more important in life than reflecting on who you are, what you want and where you are headed.

This is exactly what Admissions officers are looking for: a high level of emotional maturity and confidence to match intellectual capacity.

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"Kirsten was truly amazing to work with. Not only did she help me bring my personal statements to life, I could absolutely feel how passionate she was for success in my PHD process as much as I was. We spent a great deal of time putting together amazing personal statements, that truly made a difference in my application. Would definitely recommend."

La-Tasha, Assistant Professor accepted into post-doctorate PHD program

"Before working with Kirsten I felt completely disorganized in the face of college applications. I had so much to say, without the means to say it. But after our first call I felt completely collected. Kirsten balances reassurance with honesty, ensuring that your writing is the best that it can be. After my applications were submitted I felt more confident as not just an applicant, but as a writer, too."

Laasya, Princeton High School senior accepted into university


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