“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

– Vincent Van Gogh


I typed my college essay on a typewriter. Picture me hunched over a wooden desk, illuminated by candlelight. My essay was about the summer I spent lifeguarding a lonely lake in upstate Pennsylvania. My mom edited it. I told her it sounded like it was written by a lawyer. I ignored her edits and stared at posters of Nirvana on my bedroom wall until I wrote something I was moderately proud of.

I was overjoyed (and relieved) when the oversized acceptance letter to Wesleyan University arrived at my door. Yes, I attended college with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Class of '02) of Hamilton fame. I majored in English. I graduated with honors and worked for three years as a content editor and account manager at The National Park Foundation.

I later earned an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University where I was the Editor in Chief of SFSU's literary journal, Fourteen Hills. I've read thousands of stories and worked with hundreds of writers.

I've taught Personal Statement Writing and Creative Writing in summer programs at UC Berkeley. My students have achieved full scholarships to the MBA program at Ross, Presidential scholarships to USC, and PhDs in finance to UCLA.

These days, I edit FinTech blogs, create style guides, and practice handstands.

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