What Clients Say
“Candace is key to the success of Leathers College Consulting Group. The college admissions process has a lot of statistics and numbers attached to a student’s application and the essay is the most personal part of the process. With her friendly and kind demeanor, Candace connects with the students in a way that encourages them to truly share their story. She challenges them to dig deeper, and to illuminate the experiences or truths that they want to convey. And then she helps them to polish the essay until it shines. The students feel empowered and proud of their work, which is so important in a process that they often feel they have no control. Candace and I provide detailed timelines for the students, which help us all stay on track and avoid last minute panic as applications deadlines approach. I know that I can count on her to connect with the students in a professional, timely, and most importantly sensitive manner. Candace is an essay guru!”
― Susan Leathers, president, Leathers College Consulting Group
“Candace is a dedicated writing coach and a valued colleague.
She helps students identify their best qualities so they can write effective college essays.”
― Susan Knowpow, CEO, Wow Writing Workshop
“I’m grateful for the guidance Candace gave my twins in writing their college essays. She offered great ideas for how to respond to prompts, helped clarify what the colleges were really looking for, and provided clear and concise feedback to produce compelling and grammatically correct essays. The best part is that it was she was able to work virtually via phone and email. Candace was quick to respond and made the process much easier. My sons were both accepted to their top colleges.”
― Tanya P., Atlanta, GA
"Candace is approachable, professional, and easy to work with. She understands the essay must be the student's, not the writing coach's, nor the parents'. She guides in a way that builds student confidence and gives clear and candid feedback. Rather than reworking or heavy-handed edits, she asks the right questions and makes strategic suggestions that prompt and inspire the student to deliver her best. Candace’s coaching style absolutely matched how we wanted our daughter to approach college applications: Give it your best effort, make it your work, and proceed with confidence based on who YOU are, not what you think a college or someone else thinks you should be. Use the essay to let yourself shine through. In today's PRESSURE COOKER college application climate, this is SUPER hard!
We are happy to report our daughter was admitted to her top choice."
― Maura F., Winchester, MA
“I had many ideas about what to write for my college essay but no fully developed theme. After talking through my experiences, strengths, and interests, and brainstorming ideas with Candace, I realized what I’d previously thought was a solid theme didn’t work. She helped me refocus to create strong essays and supplements while maintaining my voice. Whenever I needed help, she was extremely flexible and worked around my hectic schedule. I believe Candace was an important part of why I was admitted to the highly selective schools to which I applied.”
― Tony F., Winchester, MA, high school senior
"Candace is amazing! She helped my daughter and my son with their applications to undergraduate and graduate school, respectively. My daughter was accepted at every school that she applied to, and my son was accepted to two of his competitive MBA programs. Candace doesn’t write the essays, she helps formulate ideas, provides on-going support, provides organizational structure, communicates regularly, and meets deadlines. I highly recommend Candace for any student needing assistance with their college applications."
― Rachel Roginsky, Owner and Principal, Pinnacle Advisory Group
“Candace is a superb editor and teacher of good writing. Young and old can benefit from her attention to detail and focus on creating clear and persuasive prose. She edited my college admissions book and it really made a difference. She started me on a path which not only improved my work, but her insights made me a more thoughtful writer. In addition to assisting with proper grammar and syntax, she comments on organization and style to make one’s writing more readable. I highly recommend Candace Coakley for consulting on writing that will have consequence.”
― Charles Nolan, Ph.D., Author, Like No Other: A Brief History of the
Admission Process of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering