About

Dyllen's College Essay Advice

More than gain admission to dream schools, I aim to empower students to discover their sense of self and effectively communicate their personal values through well-crafted college essays. I offer a range of affordable services/resources including college essay editing, live consulting, educational videos, and most valuable: a comprehensive online course to craft a successful college essay. I emphasize strategy, structure, and storytelling to save students time they would have spent scrapping an unnecessary number of poor drafts. Students I work with come from around the globe and have been accepted to Stanford, UPenn, Cornell, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, Dartmouth, NYU, and many more.

Dyllen Nellis

I'm also a visual, performing, & new media artist.
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Dyllen Nellis

When I applied to college in 2018, I noticed a lack of resources and guidance at my high school. Teachers and counselors often told us to "write your college essays!" but they failed to explain how. I wanted to understand the true strategy and structure of a college essay, because I presumed there was so much more depth to it than directly answering the prompt... I was right.

Though I couldn’t afford a private consultant, I sought out numerous articles, books, and videos to educate myself on the ins and outs of the college application process. What I learned was indispensable. College applications suddenly became an invigorating activity that challenged me to explore my own identity and convey it through stories. I gained awareness of the inner workings of my mind, created a system for my mental health, and became easily able to identify and communicate the qualities that made up who I was as a person!

After implementing each of the strategies I researched into my own applications, I was accepted into 8/8 schools I applied to including Stanford, USC, UCLA, NYU, and more. I couldn't wait to share this information with my peers as well as anyone in the world who was interested. Hence, I started making YouTube videos.

In 2020, I decided to preserve my college experience by taking a gap year from Stanford and dedicating my time and energy toward helping college-bound high schoolers. I spent practically every day editing essays and discussing ideas with students, which in turn provided me with even more valuable insight. I put out tons of new videos, built my website, and devised a comprehensive online course to help students craft a successful college essay.

College applications can actually be quite exciting and fun to complete once you understand the strategy. But there currently exists a stark information gap between those who have access to educational resources and those who don't. I am driven to bridge this gap by utilizing the lessons I learn from personal experience and providing clear, accessible, and structured resources for ALL students.

Collaborations & Mentions

Interviews & Podcasts:

Webinars - Girl Genius Magazine, San Franscisco Public Library's Writers Sprint, GoED International College Fair, Jan(A+)e Tutoring SAT/ACT Master Class, STEAM Days w/ Phoenix College, Superposition, InternNet, Afro Puff Chronicles, Fed Up Youth Empowerment Summit, Young Minds Global Mentorship Community, Grand Arts High School

Instagram Takeovers - Generation She, Today is Her Story, The Amal Foundation, We Can

Help Make College Apps More Accessible

For every $35 donated, one first-generation, low-income student is provided with a free college essay course. You will receive a thank you and confirmation email with the student who you helped.