For 5 years, I have researched and observed the patterns of "essays that worked" for college admissions.
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.