WHAT PARENTS AND STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY: Excerpts from unsolicited e-mails sent to Dr. Wilk

I knew from the moment I spoke with Pat that she was the woman for the job!  She is upbeat, flexible, and tuned in to the needs of teens who may be intimidated by the essay writing process.  My son went into the program with no idea what to write about and came out with an excellent essay that accents his strengths and character.  Thanks Pat!

Pam Hartnett, RIdgefield, CN

April, 2020    

(Note: Pam's son and his friend completed CEBC virtually.)

Wow Pat- just wow. 

Just got home from work and read Dylan’s essay...twice. It brought tears to my eyes (for so many different reasons!). Oh, just the imagery that was captured in only 647 words! Life has been such an emotional rollercoaster lately, and I’m eternally grateful to you for your help in relieving a great stress for both Dylan AND me! 

I’m sure you’ve worked with better writers in your time, and I completely understand there are no guarantees, but I have to tell you that just the fact that my son greeted me with a big hug and a huge smile, and seeing how proud he is of his work, was so well worth it. So, thank you again for your passion, your time and your caring...you clearly make a difference in students’ lives!

Sincere thanks,

Wendy Graham, Edison NJ.

October, 2019

Jai loves his essay and so do we! I’m so glad I found your website. 

Our daughter is a sophomore in HS. We’ll absolutely be in touch when it’s her turn to write an essay. 

Nicky Battle, Belle Mead, NJ 

October, 2019

Good afternoon Dr. Wilk:

It's been such a long time since I've worked with you. I'm not sure if you remember me, but I initially worked with you on my common app essay, and then I worked with you on some of my supplemental essays for certain colleges, especially the University of Michigan. With everything said and done, you asked me to update you on my college process, so you could document my acceptances/denials. 


Fordham University

High Point University

Iona College

Jacksonville University

Marist College

Saint Joseph's University

Clemson University

Purdue University

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

University of Florida

University of Maryland

Siena College

Stevens Institute of Technology

Susquehanna University

The College of New Jersey

University of Lynchburg

University of Richmond - attending

University of Rochester


Boston College

University of Michigan :(

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Virginia

Villanova University

Wesleyan University

I also wanted to thank you for the help and time (especially the time) that you gave me while working with you. I can barely put my gratitude and appreciation into words for the extensive help and guidance you gave me from one essay to another. Your service was truly appreciated, and without a doubt I'll be recommending your services to any rising seniors that need essay help. I hope that all is well with you and your family, and once again I greatly appreciate what you've done for me.

Warmest Regards,

John Mulligan

Emerson, N.J

June 2019

Hey Pat, 

Just wanted to let you know that Tristan will be going to Cornell in the fall. Thank you for helping him get there!

Judi Wilkes, Fair Lawn, NJ

May, 2019                                                                                                                                              

Pat is the best kept secret to help your child craft an excellent college application essay.   I do not hesitate to recommend her when I hear of a friend with a child in the college application phase.  I believe my daughter's essay set her apart.  When you read it, it is my daughter.  The unique wonderful person she is shines through.  So far, it's February, and my daughter has been accepted to 8 of the 9 schools that she has applied to, and received a leadership scholarship.  I truly believe my daughter's essay has made the difference. I am definitely using her to guide my son in writing his essay too! You will be a believer too. 

Pamela Sachs, Cranford, NJ  

February, 2019


Dear Pat,

I just wanted to thank you for the College Essay Boot Camp Experience that Erin did with you this past summer.  What an absolute relief when she came home with a completed essay —and happy with the experience and the final product! She found out in December that she got into her top choice college and she couldn’t be happier!

Maria Brockmeier,  River Edge, NJ  

January 2019    


Dear Dr. Wilk,

Just wanted to let you know that I was accepted to the Harvard Class of 2023!

Thank you so much for all your help in writing the essay and editing the supplement. I couldn't have done it without you.

So glad to be sharing good news. 

 KC,  Glen Rock, New Jersey

December, 2018

Dylan was so happy to work with you and feels very proud of his fluently written essay from his heart. 

I thank you for bringing out the best in both of my sons - and helping them both craft powerful college essays. 

Truly appreciate it.  

Sandra Jorgensen, Glen Rock, NJ 

August 2018

Hi Pat,

You worked with my son Jonathan last August on his college essay. I wanted to let you know that he was accepted to Rutgers, Case Western, University of Michigan, Penn State, McGill, and Emory University EDII, which is where he will be attending in the fall. (He withdrew applications to several schools after he received the Emory acceptance.) We are thrilled with the results and I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for your help.

Carol Marcus, Fair Lawn, NJ

March 2018    

Hi Dr. Wilk,

Happy New Year!! We hope that you are well. We wanted to let you know that Michael has been accepted to all seven of the schools he applied to, and now we are in the process of narrowing down the right choice.  He was accepted at: Bryant University, Providence College,  Quinnipiac University (this is where Steven is as a Freshman this year and LOVES it!), Fairfield University, Marist College, University of Scranton, and Sacred Heart University. Although we don’t have any more children to send off to college, we will be singing your praises and referring anyone asking about writing a college essay to you! We wish you all the best and continued success!! 

Maureen, Jeff Steven & Michael Pappas

January, 2018