Testimonials

What do students & educators have to say?

Youssef 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. Not only was Dyllen’s essay editing significantly more affordable than some of the other college consulting services I used, but it was also much more detailed and thorough. Through providing lots of thought-provoking questions about the values and themes I wanted to portray in my essays, Dyllen really helped me make my essays as specific to who I am as possible and, in doing so, only helped me stand out more as a unique applicant. I highly recommend her essay editing service!

Samantha Illinois

Dyllen has edited many of my essays, and I can confidently say I would recommend her to any of my friends or classmates. Her edits are very comprehensive and she has ensured that all my essays sound precise, personal, and interesting to read. I definitely recommend scheduling a Zoom call with her to explain your ideas for your essays, she has been very helpful in helping me find ways to elevate my essay topics and make them incredibly specific. Her help has reduced my stress greatly in this process and I truly believe her services are worth the money.

Cassidy Vancouver, Canada

Dyllen's comments were very thorough and helpful. She led me in the right direction and was clear with what would make my essays even better. She was so quick to respond and always ready to help despite my short notices. Whatever happens in the end, I am so thankful that I had Dyllen supporting me along the way.

Eve - University of Pennsylvania New York

Dyllen understands the college application process, and I knew I could trust her feedback. She gave me great advice on how to better organize my supplements and "spice up" the writing style. She also explained her suggestions in a simple way so that I could easily understand how to make adjustments. She is also extremely accessible and provided a quick turn-around time. I definitely recommend her services!

Melany - Stanford University Washington

One of the most important decisions I made during my college application process was getting Dyllen to help me brainstorm essay ideas and later on edit two rounds of my Common App essay. Her feedback helped me understand where my writing was strong and where I needed to go back to the drawing board so that I could craft the strongest application possible. I cannot thank her enough and recommend her to any and everyone! She has helped me achieve my goal of attending Stanford, and I know she can do the same for you!

Vivaan - Duke University India

Dyllen is simply amazing! Not only did she help me brainstorm extremely creative ideas for both my common app and writing supplements but she also greatly improved my writing style. For anyone looking to get their essays edited, Dyllen is the person to go to!

Kateryna - USC Cinematic Arts Luhansk, Ukraine

I found Dyllen’s YouTube channel and was absolutely in love with how easy and time-wise affordable her essay approach is. Everything is succinct, neat, to the point. After watching all her videos at least twice, I asked her to supervise my essays (grammar check, recommendation on improving contents) and, as a result, I have been accepted at 5 schools from 7 submissions (2 still pending). I can tell for sure that Dyllen is a conscientious, hard-working professional, whose services are worth every penny you pay. The notes she gave were always intelligible, and immediately instructed me ‘on the right pathway’ of my essay's journey. Thank you so much, Dyllen! I was lucky to find you and get your helping hand.

Ellie Texas

This course was a lifesaver during college apps. It was incredibly helpful in providing examples of successful essays from students who got into a lot of the schools I applied to. Every example was analyzed line by line which made it easier for me to view my own essay objectively while writing and editing (Dyllen is also a great editor)! Another helpful thing is the list of overused phrases. Hearing from someone who has read a ton of essays tell you what won't stand out was SO HELPFUL and I definitely caught myself trying to use some of those phrases. This course is helpful no matter what step of the essay writing process you're on and helped relieve a lot of stress for me!

Olivia Virginia

This was an extremely fun process and definitely was a fantastic form of self reflection and self exploration! The course is fantastic.

Marcela Ate Vitarte, Peru

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 got so much information through Dyllen's YouTube channel and this course. 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.

Raisa - UC Berkeley California

This course made me excited to work on my application! Every lecture you have written out was all super helpful and constructive. It was worth the money. Keep working hard!

Maritza Jakarta, Indonesia

It helped me structure my essay and guided me step by step through the writing process. As an international student, this course especially helped me brainstorm my essay topic.

Khushi Montego Bay, Jamaica

Honestly, I absolutely LOVED IT!!! It was extremely helpful in helping me organize my college list and most definitely helped me figure out which values and qualities I wanted to highlight in my essays. It was also really colorful and aesthetically pleasing.

Jessica

Dyllen!!! I just want to say you have been BY FAR the MOST helpful resource I've gotten throughout this college process. Like you, I didn't come from a family with money to pay for a college counselor, and I've spent months and months researching on my own. I was at the tail end of submitting my applications when I discovered your page (working on revising my last essays to uMichigan right now!) and they have helped me really dig into my values to create essays that speak to me. I am 100% recommending your course to my younger sister who has a few years before she starts this process. So much love for you girl <3

Jolie Texas

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.

Karla California

I came across Dyllen Nellis' college advice on YouTube when hunting for tips and tricks on how to tackle personal essays and UC PIQs. My mind did not know how to get started--all my ideas were scattered. But when she introduced "The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story," I gave no further thought to buying it. I needed to start somewhere, and this guide put all the tips and tricks I discovered in her multiple YouTube videos into one, along with other analyses you won't find online. I liked the interactive workbook it came with and the breakdown of many essay examples. The color coding helped, along with all the other bright colors in the course/interactive workbook (they gave out positive vibes!). I know I did my best work and whatever happens, I shall remain proud!

Jessica - UCLA California

Definitely love how Dyllen was able to help out to phrase my story and tell it with such exciting details! I was able to narrow down so many details and share my true passions! Thanks to Dyllen!

Vivian - Stanford University California

Dyllen's college essay advising service stands unparalleled to any other service out there! I entered the college application process without much support from others but I stumbled upon Dyllen's YouTube channel over the summer. She generously offers so many free resources and I can tell that she loves working with every one of her students. I've watched a majority of her college application advice videos on YouTube and I also made use of some of her resources in her Google Drive folder. To all future applicants, definitely reach out to Dyllen for help! I thought of it as an investment into my future and I'm so glad that Dyllen makes this process accessible to all!

Students From Around The World

Your videos break down the complex college admission process into something more understandable. I particularly appreciate your time management videos which have allowed me to plan out my applications without falling into the dangerous pit of procrastination.
They gave me confidence and motivation to effectively plan out my time toward building a good application.
More than the help, it’s gotten me pumped and excited for the whole application process instead of stressing me out.

Jesus - Cornell University Texas

Many times this year I have found myself struggling and lost with many aspects of my applications, but watching your videos has helped me craft what I believe to be a great application. I am low income and first-gen. I never had help from my parents, my school counselor, or even friends, but I always found myself learning more and more from you. You deserve recognition and gratitude. So thank you so so much for everything Dyllen. Thank you for helping those who can’t really receive help from others. You have an amazing heart.

Andie

Thank you so much for this. I scrapped three personal statements and kept on wondering what went wrong; all of them just felt really off and had a robotic feel to it. I realized that it’s because I jumped to the word-vomit stage without writing down my values + bullets, or establishing a structure. I’m really glad that I started binging your videos because I’m going to scrap my draft once again and start over using your outline.

Stanford Admits Class of '24

You literally helped me get into Stanford with your YouTube videos, so if you ever have doubts if you're truly helping people, you definitely are. Watching your videos helped me tremendously on my essays and the admissions process, so much so that I can proudly say that I’m part of the Stanford c/o 2024! Your videos have been an immense help in the application process and ultimately got me into Stanford REA! It's crazy to think that I'm going to Stanford now, but I watched a bunch of your YouTube videos when I was applying and found them SO helpful.

Educators

Ramey Echt College Consultant at Matchlighters

I'm so impressed with all the content you have generated! I regularly share your videos with my students (I volunteer through Matchlighters- a scholarship program for low income students run by Ethan Sawyer). Your content is amazing! It's fun, informative, personal, honest, and easy to understand. I think it's especially great that it comes from a current student.

College Essay Guy (Ethan Sawyer) Author of College Essay Essentials

Waddup Dyllen! Love your videos. <3

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