Thanks to Anna Paez, University of Pennsylvania, '19, for working at my picnic table.

Web design & photo credit: Anna-Elyse Schwabacher

 I can't count the number of times Carol said, "I love Karen!" after she read an email from you. You allowed her to keep her own voice and put her best foot forward. Working with you allowed her parents (or at least this one) to step back and reduce the familial friction! 

Carol's dad, Jeff
Bates College '19

​Thank you so much for all your help with my college essays. Whenever I was stuck or struggling, I knew I could send you an email and we would work through it.  I cannot express how comforting this was during the stressful college process.  Your advice was a life-saver.

Julia B.
​Georgetown University, '19

​I want to thank you for helping me with all of my Harvey Mudd essays.  Your comments were always spot on, and helped me in a huge way, especially with my overuse of clichés.  My essays improved drastically through working with you.

Coco S.
Harvey Mudd College, '19

​Thank you again for working so hard with Emily.   She learned a lot from you about  organizing her thoughts and words for a better essay.  And she certainly gained more confidence and was much calmer in the whole process.

Emily's mom, Linda M.
​Virginia Tech, '19

TESTIMONIALS

I had 23 essays to write.  Karen really understands what colleges are looking for in the essays, and she helped me draft my essays accordingly. 

Will M.

University of Virginia/School of Architecture '21

Karen encourages her clients to speak their truths. She doesn't repackage them, but rather encourages them to find their unique voice and share it through the essay process. 

Ward's mom, Betsy A.

College of William & Mary, '21

My son worked directly with Karen via email, not meetings, and it worked very well.  She was very responsive and quick to review his work.  Ryan loved working with Karen and thought she was a huge help.  He wrote her a thank you note afterwards!

Kim, Ryan's mom

University of Virginia, '20

Working with Ms. Schwarz was one of the highlights of my college application process.  She was so patient and made sure that I didn't loose my authorial voice. She supported me throughout the entire process.

Solyana H.

Smith College, '21

Karen helped two of my children with their college essays, both with great success.  Nate received a $6,000 renewable scholarship from IU. Go Hoosiers and thank you, Karen!  My 15 year old is looking forward to working with you soon!

Nate's mom, Katie A.

Indiana University/Kelley School of Business, '21

Karen's thoughtful, detailed emails and caring nature were all instrumental in the completion of my essays.  I would not have produced the essays I did without her help.

Selin E.

Middlebury College, '21

Karen's timing was flexible and she worked with his busy senior year schedule.  I would highly recommend anyone looking for help during the crazy application process to use Essaymom.

 

Sam's mom Amy Z.

Virginia Tech, '21 

At the beginning of the process I struggled with topics that I wanted to write about.  But with her guidance I was able to get into my top school.

Maddie H.

University of Virginia, '21