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"In the asymmetrical battle of college admissions,
Maya is the secret weapon."
- David Molne(Loomis Chafee parent)

Bespoke college coaching, outstanding college materials

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+$100,000+ in merit scholarships



I'm Dr. Maya C. Popa

As an educational consultant who has taught across three divisions, I have a unique sense of a student’s trajectory from high school to college and beyond.  I draw on my backgrounds as a professional writer, PhD, high school  English teacher and college professor to holistically coach students through the college process. My students improve as writers and  get into their dream schools. 

My writing has been featured in the Guardian, the Atlantic, the NYTimes, the Nation, the TLS, and elsewhere. I have over a decade of experience teaching English at the Nightingale-Bamford School, where I direct the Creative Writing program. I am on faculty at NYU and have guest-lectured at Barnard College and Oxford University. 

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Students work with me to:


 Highlight their strengths, interests, and achievements in a unique and impactful way


Finalize an ambitious and balanced college list that aligns with their profile and long-term goals


Oversee conceiving, writing, and editing an outstanding Common Application Essay and Supplements


Submit ahead of deadlines and apply for merit scholarships


Prepare for college interviews

Colleges expect applicants to:

Given the increasingly competitive nature of admission cycles, it's essential  to approach the college process with a vision and strategy.

Speak authentically on their cultural background and approach to diversity

Illustrate their intellectual curiosity and achievements

Reflect on their future goals and aspirations

Demonstrate a strong fit with each institution’s curricular and extracurricular offerings

This isn’t just an exercise in strong writing

It's about articulating a vision, demonstrating the value of what you bring to a community, and how you will uniquely contribute to the school’s culture, while illustrating clear alignment with the institution's academic values and mission.

"Thank you so much for your work with our son. His classmates also had essay consultants; after reading their essays, he said he could tell that you provided better direction. Please keep us on your roster for our daughter."  
 Browning Parent, 2024

Brearley parent, Class of 2022 and 2023


“Maya will get your college applicant to craft the best essay. She will sense what you need, and lucky for you, will never let you or your teen down. She provides superior advice on the Common App Essay, preserving your child’s voice and intention while offering just the right enhancement and commentary. Her expert edits take into consideration how difficult this time is for a student, and she keep spirits and confidence up and for your child—and parents, too! We recommend Maya without any reservation as she is a gift to guide you through the college essay process."

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