College Essays


10-Day Intensive College Application/Essay Workshop 

Three sessions available: July, August, September

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: the college essay is one of the most important and daunting assignments you’ll face in high school.

What you write may determine whether or not you’re admitted to the college of your choice and what merit scholarships you’ll receive. The essay is your introduction to the admissions reader, your one chance to tell your story so that you stand out, distinct and different from everyone else. You want to be specific, authentic, and memorable. Yet most students have never written an informal creative biography before. The stress of ‘getting it right’ can lead to procrastination and last-minute attempts that produce less-than-ideal results.

However, instead of freezing in fear, you can turn this opportunity to your advantage. The essay is your best chance to set yourself apart in the college admissions review process. With the knowledge and support we provide, you will understand what admissions representatives are looking for and which of your many life experiences you should focus on to get into the colleges you want. 

In this 10-day intensive workshop, you’ll be guided through the process of identifying a unique topic and writing an essay that expresses who you are as an individual and how your assets can contribute to the vibrancy of a college campus. 

This workshop is designed for seniors who want to complete their essay and common application efficiently in a small group setting. Instruction will begin with a session for both student and parents to learn about the context of the essay within the admissions process and the format of the workshop. Students will continue with two days of group workshops, independent essay development, and conclude with another set of workshops. Throughout the course, instructors will provide personal feedback and support through individual student meetings and additional office hours. 

Workshop Details

  • At the end you will have: 
    • A completed Main Essay
    • A completed Common Application
    • A solid understanding of how to write Supplementary Essays
  • All sessions will be held on Zoom.

Session 1

July 25 – August 2, Summer WEEKEND Days

Class meetings during morning and afternoons on both weekends, individual meetings and office hours scheduled on weekdays. No evening commitments.

Cost: $1,200

Session 2

August 17 – 26, Summer WEEKDAY Evenings

Class meetings during the evenings on Aug. 17, 18, 24, 25, with individual meetings and office hours scheduled during the evenings during the week and days during the weekend.

Cost: $1,200

Session 3

Sept. 26 – Oct. 4, Fall WEEKEND Days

Class meetings during morning and afternoons on both weekends, individual meetings and office hours scheduled in the evenings during the week.

Cost: $1,500


Linda Lowen
Essay Specialist

Linda is a nationally-recognized writer, editor, writing instructor, and book reviewer for the publishing industry’s most respected publication Publisher’s Weekly. Her nonfiction has been published in the Sunday New York Times, and her writing advice has appeared in The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazines. She teaches creative nonfiction at workshops and writing festivals throughout the Northeast, including through the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse, NY. In her previous career as a public radio/ TV producer/host, she earned several national and regional broadcasting awards. Linda has helped hundreds of students write college applications and autobiographical essays.

Stephanie Bartling, Ed.M.
Co-Founder and Lead Counselor

Stephanie has over 25 years of experience working with students, including leading freshman academic success programs and serving as a residential advisor at M.I.T, heading college counseling at The Putney School, and reading admissions applications at Wellesley College. As a college admissions consultant for more than 20 years, she has helped hundreds of students gain admission to their top-choice college and valuable merit scholarships. She always works to create the highest options for students while finding the best fit for them to thrive. She is a graduate of Carleton College with a Ed.M. from Harvard University with membership in Independent Educational Consultants Association (Associate level) and International Association of College Admissions Counseling.

Vu Hong Anh, M.A., Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Academic Director

Hong Anh received her doctorate in Anthropology and M.A. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in 2012. She has worked in nonprofit and educational organizations as a teacher, translator, and manager for over 20 years. As a writing specialist and academic consultant, Hong Anh has assisted students to gain admission and significant scholarships to their chosen universities. Hong Anh has used her talents as a writing instructor and understanding of higher education to help students, both American and Vietnamese, to find the right college, craft their best essay, and navigate the transition into college.

About New Bridge Educational Consulting:

We are expert educators, writers, and counselors who collaborate to provide the best support possible for students in the college selection and admissions process. We are committed to identifying and understanding each student’s individual strengths, personal traits, and ambitions to help them not only get into their college of choice, but to learn and grow in the college admissions process. We’ve worked with hundreds of students with a broad range of interests and skills, and understand both sides of the admission process and the landscape of higher education. We specialize in placing:

  • highly selective liberal arts applicants
  • artists and other creatives
  • athletes
  • different learners
  • students seeking merit scholarships
  • international students, especially from Vietnam

Recent results include:

  • Columbia
  • Cornell (4 current students attending)
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Georgetown
  • Brandeis
  • Northeastern
  • Villanova
  • Haverford
  • Grinnell
  • Oberlin
  • Sarah Lawrence
  • Dickinson
  • Ithaca
  • Goucher
  • Bard
  • St. Lawrence
  • Beloit
  • Skidmore
  • Connecticut College
  • Franklin and Marshall
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Rochester
  • Drexel
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Vermont
  • Fordham at Lincoln Center and Rose Hill
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Richmond

In addition to essay guidance, we offer comprehensive college selection and admissions services, including:

  • Covid-related educational guidance, including gap year planning
  • college lists
  • activities selection
  • strategic educational advice (course selection, testing, recommendation writers)
  • special talent applications (art and athletes)
  • resume and interviewing help
  • college transition support

To learn more, contact Stephanie Bartling at

To register for the next workshop (Session 1), fill out the form below. To register for Session 2 or Session 3, contact Stephanie by email.

JULY 10-Day Intensive

College Application and Essay 10-Day Intensive: July 25- August 2. Class meetings during morning and afternoons on both weekends, individual meetings and office hours scheduled on weekdays. No evening commitments.