High School Students…

Get an early start on your College Applications!

This summer, one-on-one we will:

  • Brainstorm & spitball, free-write & revise your Personal Statement.
  • Find your topic. Find your voice. 
  • Conceive & craft & complete one supplemental essay.  
  • Study successful essays, figuring out how they work & why.

Take the stress out of the college essay.
Start early!
Engage in the process in a fun & adventurous & creative way.

Five sessions, according to your schedule. 

 Let your ideas, thoughts & memories take wing -- in words. 

Let your ideas, thoughts & memories take wing -- in words. 

July & August

Introducing a package of five sessions for current juniors to begin in the spring their college essays. Juniors are busy people (yet seniors are even busier!) I work with you when it works for you. The package, offered at a rate significantly lower than my usual one-on-one rate, hopes to encourage students to start early.  Then, students are free to start the summer confident they already have a draft of a Personal Statement. Also, I am a big believer in the value of time in writing. Time increases insight and clarity, and makes polishing more effortless and fun. 

In our sessions, each student will individually ponder the set of standard Common Application prompts, find the one(s) that resonates most deeply, spitball, brainstorm, draft and draft again. By the end of our sessions, the student will have a strong draft of his or her Personal Statement. Also, each will complete the supplemental essay: Why Are You Applying to Our School?  Throughout this process, students will encounter this question multiple times. One-on-one, we will establish a procedure for answering by addressing one particular school from each student’s list. Each student will complete a polished, supplemental essay which will serve as a model for many others. Each week we will study successful Personal Statements. 

Five weeks, five 1½-hour sessions. 

Start summer confident you have a jump-start on your college apps!

  • College App Essay Writing
  • The fee is $650.00. 
  • I work with you when it works for you. 
  • Payment reserves space and must be made before the start of the session.
  • Payment via Venmo @ Featherinc, Devon O'Brien.
  • For details, send me a message here; or contact me by phone (323-944-2171) or email at obriendevon4@gmail.com.

Testimonials from
Students & Parents

“I highly recommend Devon to anyone who is potentially struggling to write their college essays or who is looking for someone to help their good essays reach a level of greatness.”

— Nick, future freshman at UCLA.



“I wanted to let you know that Chloë applied early decision to Smith College and she was accepted! Thank you so much for all your help in this process. We feel like her essay was a big part of her getting accepted and it wouldn’t have been as perfect without your insight and editing skills.”

— Harmony


“Devon’s work was greatly appreciated. She helped me say what I was trying to say in a much clearer and more straightforward manner, without ever changing the core of what I was trying to express. She helped me reach the best version of my ideas, and gave me new vocabulary to use and experiment with here and there. Overall, she made the process of writing and editing feel a lot less stressful, and made me more certain of my ideas. Devon mainly gave encouraging feedback and helped me write the best essays I possibly could. If I were to try to do that alone it would’ve taken a lot longer. Most importantly, your essay will still be your own essay even with her help.”

— N. Parsons. 


“There is no one better to guide a teenager during the pressure-filled time. I highly recommend Devon. My son’s essay was better than anything I could have imagined.”

— Martha P.