Craft Your Story.
Discover Your Potential.
Change Your Life.

Hello, I'm Dyllen Nellis! I am a college essay expert and undergraduate at Stanford University, here to help YOU get accepted to your dream colleges.

With our process, you will learn specific strategies to effectively convey your values, experiences, and potential to colleges. Not only will you maximize your chances of acceptance, but you will also unlock a stronger understanding of yourself.

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I never imagined I could craft the quality of essays necessary to be admitted to some of the country’s most competitive and high-ranked universities.The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story was invaluable in my journey to craft the best college application essays possible.

Abraham – UCLA California

I’ve had two of my essays edited by Dyllen, and I can confidently say that they are some of the best essays I wrote for my college application process.

Youssef - University of Southern California California

One of the most important decisions I made during my college application process was getting Dyllen to help me brainstorm essay ideas and edit my essays.
She has helped me achieve my goal of attending Stanford, and I know she can do the same for you!

Melany – Stanford University Washington

With Dyllen's college essay course, I was able to get into a school I didn't expect to get into (USC) which increased my self-confidence. I am proud of the learning experience I got from all this!

Karla – University of Southern California California

    Stop making the same mistakes.

    College essay strategy is not taught in most high schools, yet it can literally make or break an application.
    The number one mistake students make is they start writing their essays before learning the necessary strategy.

    Without strategy, you'll be stuck in a time-wasting cycle of scrapping & restarting poor essay drafts!
    This will only make you more stressed.

    With our process, you will learn specific strategies to effectively convey your values, experiences, and potential to colleges. Not only will you maximize your chances of acceptance, but you will also unlock a stronger understanding of yourself.

    There IS a way to complete your college applications without the excess stress.

    There IS a way for the college application process to be easy and fun.

    There IS a way to submit your essays with confidence and pride.

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    I loved this course! I felt like my thoughts were scattered all over the place, with online advice scattered everywhere. But the Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story turned my college application process into something more than just a stressful situation. Top-notch essay examples, essay structures, and space to begin creating were found all in one guidebook! Eventually, the writing tips paid off as I was able to get into a school I didn't expect to get into (USC) which increased my self-confidence. I am proud of the learning experience I got from all this. May positivity and inspiration forever exist!

    Karla – University of Southern California California

    I loved how organized this entire course is and how easy it makes it for students to craft meaningful essays while also being authentic and truthful to who they are. This course allowed me to learn a lot about myself, and in turn, teach those reading my essays who I am as well. And through this course, I got into schools that I would never have fathomed getting into - schools with below 5% acceptance rates. It has truly been a dream come true.

    Maggie – Harvard University California

    I absolutely loved your course! I was so worried about the application process because I had no idea how to write a college essay, and then enrolled in your course and it helped so much and made organizing and brainstorming essays so easy. I loved your words of encouragement and humor throughout the course and it felt really personal. I am so grateful for your program and all your advice that helped me get into all 6 schools that I applied to!

    Jolie – Texas A&M Texas

    I liked how relatable this course was, being able to see that Dyllen had the same writing struggles I had gave me more reassurance. This course provided many essay examples that were highlighted and broken down, it taught me how to effectively write a compelling story, or as Dyllen calls it “a window into our complex lives”. Also, I appreciate that she goes above and beyond to make taking this course as equitable as possible for more students through scholarships, YouTube videos, and free introductory sessions. I hope more school districts can provide this amazing course to build more confidence in students’ story writing abilities as it did for me.

    Malia – Western Washington University Washington

    The course helped me so much throughout my college application process. It really allowed me to add structure to the process and identify what I needed to work on. The workbook was amazing at helping me organize my ideas and evaluate what I truly wanted to convey in my essays. The videos and curriculum integrated into the course really helped me tell my story and be proud of my writing. It was definitely worth it! I would recommend it!

    Uriel – USC Presidential Scholar Washington

    This course was like taking a bubble bath when there's a zombie apocalypse outside your door. The college application process was super stressful and scary, but Dyllen made it easy to step back and get to the root of my problems. If you're unsure about what stories to write about, she made it easy to pinpoint the most interesting (or most boring) things about you and make them relevant to your character and write wonderful essays. Her course was super helpful because she identified specific things people did to make their essays impactful and impressive and made it easy to apply those methods to your own work. Dyllen broke down the structure and made it a more collaborative and individualized experience, making it easier to figure out what to write about. I have friends starting the application process, and I'm recommending (aggressively pushing) this course to them.

    Julie – Columbia University New York

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      Dyllen Nellis Teaching High School Students How to Write a College Essay
      "As a low-income and international student, I struggled with all the application and essay writing process since day one. I was not used to talking about myself through words and I didn't know if my story was impactful, nor if it was worth sharing. But being a recipient of a scholarship to enroll in this course was extremely helpful. I learned to brainstorm, choose my topics strategically, construct my ideas, analyze the impact on me and others, and create an essay that portraits my voice. Dyllen was amazing by giving free resources and creating this course. I appreciate all the time invested in this huge project and hopefully, it will continue to grow to help other students as it helped me."
      - Marcela (Wellesley College), Peru