Consultant Profile: Catherine Cook

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The combination of my global wanderings, writing skills, my undergraduate and law school admissions experience, and my social work background provide the backdrop for my work with Accepted. With this foundation, I help applicants present themselves and their written applications in the best possible light. I joined the consulting staff at Accepted in 2001, took a hiatus in 2010, and am delighted to be back on staff once again. I see my work as a wonderful opportunity to help applicants reach their potential and achieve their goals, a chance to use my storytelling abilities to help you tell your story.

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I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA, and from the University of Maryland with a Master’s in Social Work. Post graduation, I worked as a social worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then at Duke University Medical Center. After moving to Yokohama, Japan, I taught English and helped high school students and college students prepare for English language competitions.

When I returned to the U.S. my previous work at Duke led to a position on the Duke University Law School Admissions Committee, where I read, reviewed, and evaluated application essays - the beginning of my career in college admissions.

After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, I worked as a writer and editor at Apple Computer in Cupertino, CA for several years, and then joined the non-profit world, focusing on organizations dedicated to education, including working in admissions at a private school in San Jose. For the past five years, I have also worked as a consultant and personal statement editor for undergraduate applicants, both in the public and private high school systems. In the course of this work, I have helped applicants gain admission to schools in the Ivy League, the University of California school system, and other top tier schools across the country and in Europe, including but not limited to UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Cal Poly, LMU, Chapman, the University of Michigan, NYU, Emerson, the University of Vermont, Syracuse University, Catholic University, Marquette University, the University of Portland, Boston College, Northeastern, Rutgers, Reed, and The Hague University.

My strength is in editing personal statements and drawing out applicant’s stories, whether for business school, law school, or most recently, undergraduate programs. I can help you tell your story, because I am a writer and wordsmith. My publications include two books, Internet Adventures for Young Children, and Internet Quest, as well as articles in the San Jose Mercury News, Parents magazine, AOL's Digital City web site, and other online and print publications. I also freelance for several Silicon Valley corporations, and develop marketing and promotional materials for small business owners.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled and lived all over the world, and my life experiences have provided me with the opportunity to meet and know people from all walks of life. I've crossed paths with the down and out, the destitute, and the poverty stricken, as well as those reaping the benefits of the technology boom, the intelligentsia of the academic world, and the people who have the power and influence to change the world. I like to think that we all have that power; it's just a matter of exercising it.

The combination of my global wanderings, writing skills, my undergraduate and law school admissions experience, and my social work background provide the backdrop for my work with Accepted. With this foundation, I help applicants present themselves and their written applications in the best possible light. I joined the consulting staff at Accepted in 2001, took a hiatus in 2010, and am delighted to be back on staff once again. I see my work as a wonderful opportunity to help applicants reach their potential and achieve their goals, a chance to use my storytelling abilities to help you tell your story.

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