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Writing in a Notebook

Words from Parents

& Students

"Our son was a reluctant writer, struggling with his college essays before he began working with Vered. She developed a strong connection with our son, and he gained confidence as a writer with her enthusiastic support and encouragement. He really enjoyed their sessions, which were a bright spot in an otherwise stressful college application process. He came away from the process with meaningful, authentic essays and admission to his first choice school. He wishes all of his high school English teachers were like Vered!"

"Vered is a master at teaching writing--both creative and analytical. She helped our son discover--and evolve--his authentic writing voice in a manner he found very inspiring. We were thrilled with how much he enjoyed working with her; their sessions were enjoyable, productive, goal oriented and meaningful. We found her parental communication style to be excellent. It was a pleasure working with Vered!"
--Laura J.

“Thank you so much all the guidance and support you gave J. with his college essay writing! You truly helped him take his college essay to another level and taught him so many important and necessary writing skills along the way. Brainstorming, drafting, reflecting, and revising can be tedious tasks, but you somehow made these sessions enjoyable for J. and he always left his time with you feeling excited and inspired to dig deeper and write more. Your ongoing communication and expert knowledge about the college application process was extremely valuable to J. and to us as parents. You certainly helped make a stressful time feel a lot more manageable. Mrs. Strapp, you are a gifted teacher and we are so grateful that J had the opportunity to work with you.”

"Vered has the ability to straddle the complicated world of supporting both parents and students to achieve a mutually desirable outcome. By helping with college essay writing, she deftly managed and defused the stress, emotions, and any student/parent tensions, honored our student’s deeply moving authentic voice, and nudged the final version toward a more sophisticated, deeper expression of herself. Vered’s warmth, enthusiasm, and optimism were greatly appreciated and reflect the unique gifts she brings to this challenging process.
Heidi L., Parent in MA

"Vered did an amazing job working with my son on his college essays. She came to each session with great enthusiasm and helped my son to engage in the process. While I could reach out to Vered at any point, it was so helpful to have her be the person who set the deadlines which helped significantly so that we as parents didn’t need to be reminding/nagging him. Vered was able to help him look at all of the required essays and help him to see how to best prioritize. I cannot recommend her more highly and will definitely have my daughter work with her as she begins the college application process."
--Sharon G.

"Working with Vered Strapp is about so much more than just the writing process. She has an ability to hone in and draw out your unique voice in a relaxed, fun and supportive way.

My daughter worked with Ms. Strapp on her college essays this past year. With Ms Strapp it’s not just about writing and editing; she helps you tell a greater story about yourself. She keeps you on track and moves things along in an efficient way. She is engaging and really helped guide my daughter to write an essay that reflected her personality and unique qualities.

I think the best way to put it is that Ms. Strapp truly brings more ease, purpose and joy into the entire college application process. My daughter loved working with her and she ended up getting into the college of her dreams."

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