Finally, a Way to Take the Stress Out of the College Essay Process.

We hear it all the time, you want your child to have a strong college essay, but don't want the fights and tension that go along with the essay writing process.  

Whether you've been through the college application process before, or this is your first time there is no question it can be one of the most anxiety provoking periods of your and your child's life. Adding to that stress is the awareness that a memorable essay can make all the difference when final admissions decisions are made.

The Good News is We Can Help! We'll help stop the stress and help your child write a final essay that will really stand out, so they can get in.  

A quick 20-minute call is all you need to gain control over the college essay process!

As an additional bonus when you schedule your call we'll send your child an exclusive invite for Corsava -- a quick, insightful, and fun online tool to help them identify qualities of the types of colleges where they will thrive.

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Research shows the most significant stressors for students are being unsure of what to write about, feeling like they won't do a good enough job, or can't figure out the right topic. And parents are don't want to constantly fight with their kids, worry that they won't stay on schedule or have a college-worthy essay.  

By the time we finish, you will feel calmer, more confident, and have the tools to write an essay that will stand out so you can get in.

We offer options for every stage of the essay process. 

  •  Jumpstart Package One 3-Hour Session  

A great way to get the juices flowing through brainstorming exercises and instruction to select a style and structure for the essay.

Brainstorming is the most important step to writing a stellar essay. Often students finish this session with a strong topic selected and opt to continue the writing process with us after this initial intensive. 

  •  5-hour blocks  

This pre-paid structure is based on an hourly rate of $150 and can always be extended as the process goes along.  

We have found that 5-8 hours is typical to go from brainstorming to a final draft. However, every student works at a different pace and when it comes to this critical part of the application process "better right than rushed," is our motto.  

Don't forget, there will be supplemental essays for many schools so additional time will be required if a student wants to work with us on those. The best part is that you control your spending. While you will purchase another 5-hour block if more time is needed you will be refunded the hourly rate for any unused hours.  

  •  Comprehensive Package

Perfect for students who are ready to go from concept to completion of their entire common app personal statement, as well as the supplemental essays for up to 4 colleges. (Many colleges have similar supplemental essays and we show them how to use what they've already written for many other applications).

No watching the clock, so no worrying about how many hours you have left. We have found just the comfort of knowing that we're here as long as it takes relieves an added layer of stress that can be part of the process.  

This package is available for students who sign up by October 1st, otherwise, the hourly block option is advisable.

  •  Essay Review

For students who have already written their final drafts and are looking for concrete feedback and assistance. Billed at the hourly rate of $150.

And best of all, all sessions are done online so students can work from home with a flexible schedule that fits their busy lives.

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"Should I write about the home-run I scored in the last game of the season? List the courses and internships I've taken to pursue premed? ?" Honestly probably not, because they don't really tell anything about who you are. It may seem like your essay needs to be about some harrowing event in your life or some remarkable achievement, but in reality, some of the best essays come from a seemingly mundane aspect of your life that actually reveals a lot about you. While there are very few original topics out there, you are an original and you're going to learn to write an essay that shows admissions officers why you're the perfect fit.  

Our brainstorming session will identify remarkable insights about what makes you tick so you can write an essay that is both uncommon and memorable. 

Through engaging and revealing brainstorming exercises, online quizzes, and videos you will uncover aspects of your personality so you can write a personal statement that clearly expresses the story you want to tell. And you will gain the knowledge and skills to craft an essay that will stand out from thousands of other applicants. So are you ready to get started?

Brainstorming, where it all begins: Our innovative approach is what makes the difference. 

EXAMINATION Discover your core values, passions, life experiences and goals which are the foundation for a memorable essay.

INSPIRATION Identify connections and themes to help determine your strongest topic and find unexpected ways to express your story.

EXPLANATION Analyze existing essays to understand the styles, structures, and techniques that make them successful. 

CREATION Make meaningful connections through your self-discovery to find the perfect topic and start writing. 

We don't believe in hiding our prices or making you jump through hoops to know exactly what we offer, but we're always happy to have a free free consulation to explain our services further.


One Time Payment

  • One 3-Hour Online Session
  • Brainstorming Exercises
  • Resource Worksheets
  • Sample Essays
  • Essay Style & Structure Breakdown 

5 Hour Block

Available as 2 payments of $375.00

  • 5 Hours Including Online Sessions
  • Passion & Personality Assessment
  • Brainstorming Exercises
  • Resource Worksheets
  • Sample Essays & Analysis  
  • Essay Style & Structure Breakdown
  • Topic Selection 
  • 48-hour Turnaround for Essay Revisions
  • Video Resources


Available as 3 payments of $750

  • Unlimited sessions*
  • Passion & Personality Assessment
  • Brainstorming Exercises
  • Resource Worksheets
  • Curated Sample Essays & Analysis  
  • Essay Style & Structure Breakdown
  • Topic Selection 
  • 24-hour Turnaround for Essay Revisions
  • Video Resources
  • Optional Recordings of Sessions
  • Essay Requirements Spreadsheet
  • Master Schedule 
  • Supplemental Essays

*For completion of Personal Statement and supplemental essays for up to 4 schools. Must sign up by October 1st, 2021

We also offer both small and large brainstoming workshops and essay assistance for middle and high school entrance applications.


Hi, I'm Betsy Cadel, Founder and primary stress-buster of College Essay Helpers.  

First of all, I feel your pain. It was only a few years ago I was going through the application process with my son. I was thrilled he got into his first-choice school, but the months of arguments and stress leading up to it were brutal and unnecessary.  

This is why I started College Essay Helpers.  

The biggest trick to reducing stress is getting started early. The best thing you can do is to have a solid draft of the personal statement completed by the end of the summer before senior year starts when you're juggling a challenging course load, testing, college visits, extracurriculars, and the application process. But don't worry, if you're not there yet (or haven't started) there's still time as long as we get started right now.

Our goal is to make sure you feel confident and proud of the final essay you submit to the admissions officers. The added bonus is you will become a better writer which will be a critical skill for the rest of your life.


"Betsy helped in so many more ways than I knew I needed! Kept me motivated and organized throughout the whole process!
I was able to develop and organize an essay that told a story and fit every detail necessary. Would recommend to anyone.
Oliver S. 

"I highly recommend Betsy. She saw the points and ideas my daughter was trying to make, asked the right questions, and really listened to her answers. Then she offered guidance so the essay completely flowed. My daughter was able to find a fresh take on her original concept and was really proud of the final version. I’m thrilled to say that my daughter will be attending her first choice in the fall." Alisa H. 

"Betsy helped immensely with my essay. I started the process with only a simple idea, and she helped me to expand my thoughts to create an interesting, entertaining, and personal story. I’m confident that without that essay, I wouldn’t have been accepted into 9/10 schools that I applied to. Working with her was a huge weight taken off my shoulders, and I am so grateful for everything she has done for me and my college process. I strongly recommend working with her; she has so many good ideas and experience in taking a small idea and creating a true and impactful story!" Halli H. 

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