The College Essay Captain LLC
Your teen's mindset has more to do with her application essays than you might think. Find out about my mission, methods, and the results of a half decade of research to help teens write their best application essays.
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For 5 years, I have researched and observed the patterns of "essays that worked" for college admissions.

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Hey! I'm Jackie, the founder of The College Essay Captain.

I'm a storytelling specialist and mindset coach!

I'm fascinated by how our use of language shapes our reality. I believe that if we want to have better experiences, we need to tell ourselves better stories. 

I graduated with an Honors B.A. in English Literature & Rhetoric from the State University of New York at Binghamton where I won the Alfred Bendixon Prize for my thesis (it had a really long, fancy title).

After I received my M.S.T in Teaching English from Fordham University in New York City, I landed my first teaching job teaching 11th and 12th grade! My late nights spent figuring out how to help my students get into college paid off: I quickly became the "college essay guru," and a position was created for me as College Essay Advisor. 

I taught for 4 years before starting The College Essay Captain in memory of my mom, Carol. After my mom passed, I decided to change my own narrative. I traded certainty and significance for variety and growth. I resigned from my job, sold my childhood home, and packed my bags to travel and to move across the country to California to be an entrepreneur.  

Before I left, I was invited to deliver a speech for an international community of inspirational speakers called "iinspire," hosted by former TEDx coordinator, Yahli Rashi. My talk, titled "How Language Shapes Our Destiny," detailed how changing how I spoke to myself transformed my life. 

In addition to coaching college and career applicants, I'm currently writing a personal development book for teens. 


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