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Parents

Emily was fantastic to work with, warm and engaging and truly helpful. She took the time to get to know our daughter’s background and personality, and was able to make insightful observations that guided the development of her main essay as well as the supplementals many colleges require. Emily’s editorial suggestions were made in a way that helped our daughter hone her story without feeling criticized or pressured in the process. We were all happy with her final essay, and the resulting acceptance to her top choice college!
— Jean G., grateful parent of college applicant; Seattle
The college essay-writing process for our son (and our family!) could not have gone more smoothly thanks to Emily’s wonderful work. From the very beginning, Emily’s joyful and positive demeanor put my son completely at ease. He felt that Emily genuinely understood him and the process, and he trusted her. While no teenager is happy about writing 20+ essays including a dozen titled “why I want to go to [blank] University,” our son became genuinely enthusiastic about the process of self-discovery and telling his story through writing. It was crystal clear that Emily truly saw the light in him and, with her help, it shone through a creative and lyrical voice in his essays. Emily does a good job of breaking the process up into manageable steps and our son felt calm and in control throughout; he would come home energized and confident after each of his sessions with her. Emily’s experience as a college admissions officer who has read thousands of essays is also quite apparent as she helped our son avoid many of the clichés and trite sentiments that are all too common in applications. We only read his essays when he was ready to submit his applications and were AWED by how his writing beautifully and faithfully captured his uniqueness. Our son recognized that he found a loyal supporter and true friend in Emily. Our entire family is deeply grateful and would gladly share our personal experience upon request.
— Parents of a senior at Sidwell Friends School; DC
Thank you again so very much for all that you have done for our daughter. Her confidence is restored and she is eager to keep writing. Thank you for working your magic. It is nice to see her happy. I am so grateful to you for guiding her (all of us quite frankly) through this process.
— Mother of college applicant (now at Cornell)

Students

Coming into the college application process, I was intimidated and a little bit scared. I wanted my essays to not only show intelligence and curiosity, but also to truly communicate who I am. Emily helped me to do that. I think something I struggled with was having all of this passion for learning, or passion for certain schools, that wasn’t fully translated onto the page. And she helped me to bring that out, to zero in on the most important things to me, not the things I thought others wanted to hear. She was always conscious of keeping my voice in each piece, helping me to strengthen my ideas rather than changing them entirely. I am so grateful to have worked with her.
— High school senior applying to college; IL
Before meeting with Emily, I was struggling to find the right tone in my essays. Emily helped me find my voice by asking probative questions. She worked with me patiently until I was satisfied with every single word in my essays. I left each session with Emily having accomplished much more than I thought possible. Not only is Emily very focused and dedicated to the students she works with, but she is also so much fun to work with that I looked forward to every meeting.
— High school senior applying to college; Bethesda
Emily has been wonderful to work with! She not only polished my writing style but also ensured that my message was clear and concise. Her suggestions made me think deeper about the topic that I was writing about and therefore my final draft was a true reflection of my passions. She is a strong editor with years of experience in college counseling and I would not trust anyone else for suggestions during this stressful time. Her response time is super quick which allowed me to continuously improve on my essay without interruptions. She is a true expert and I highly recommend her!
— High school senior applying to college, (now at Cornell); DC
Emily made me feel completely comfortable and relaxed throughout the revision process until we had developed a truly strong and compelling piece.
I felt that she offered useful and wise guidance and suggestions on strengthening my writing without taking away my voice in any way.
Emily has been a tremendous resource to me throughout my college application process.
I would highly encourage my friends to work with her to help face any and all writing challenges.
— Andy Harris, (now at UC Berkeley)
I was introduced to Emily through a mutual connection and she provided me with invaluable feedback towards completing my essays. She helped me clearly defined my goal and the reason for pursuing an MBA and also reviewed them several times. The end product was very impressive and her insight helped me differentiate myself.
— Mit Shah, MBA applicant (now heading to Wharton)

manuscript, resume, and cover letter clients

A friend referred me to Emily as I bemoaned my outdated resume. As an active member of the community, a stay-at-home mom, and a business partner on our family farm, I was looking to reach beyond my comfort level to work towards a larger goal. Emily helped me put my varied but applicable background into a cohesive and compelling resume and cover letter that spoke to the position I was applying for. Her turn around time was impressive - often just minutes - and our FaceTime chats were a blast. She helped move me into the 21st century by recommending a switch from my beloved .hotmail account to .gmail. Her savvy wordsmithing and suggestions not only helped my resume, but also helped me recognize the contributions I’ve made to my community, even as I stayed at home with my kids. Thank you, Emily! I know this won’t be the last time our paths cross.
— Deirdre Alderfer
Emily Nichols Grossi was an invaluable editor on my most recent book, Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist. She has a sharp eye and a quick mind for both the details and the larger message. One of her greatest assets is her passion for the project. I highly recommend her.
— Anne Farris Rosen, journalist and author
Recently Emily Nichols Grossi helped me update my 13-year-old, three-page resume. Emily not only edited it to one page but also pulled together a list of my skills that could be used in a cover letter. I was delighted with the result!
It is a difficult task to prepare one’s own resume-there is a tendency to want to list every single thing and to elaborate. Emily is extraordinarily skilled at “trimming the fat” and producing a succinct document that clearly illustrates one’s abilities.
I would encourage anyone needing assistance with any kind of written work: resumes, application essays, cover letters, etc. to absolutely work with Emily. I recommend her without reservation.
— Susan Reed, professional