Dyllen Nellis

I'm also a visual, performing, & new media artist!
You can check out my work at the link above 🙂


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.

Okay, I can see this bio is getting longer than I anticipated and I'm aware that Gen Z has the average attention span of 8 seconds. I'll cut to the chase.

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.