Colleague Feedback: Sara begins with premise that every person’s story is special and interesting. She is amazing at gaining trust and so gets intense, beyond-the-surface answers. Insightful at finding the gold in her student’s “ordinary” journey, Sara does not judge along the way, and that gives students confidence as their voices unfold. Sara’s Commentary: Twinkle […]
Colleague Feedback: Sara is dearly loyal and committed to student success, willing to go “the extra mile” and a fierce grammarian. She brings peace into the room and is a model for students in that she always aims to nourish her own mind, body and spirit in equal parts. Sara’s commentary: Barnali once told me […]
Colleague Feedback: Sara Nolan is, in every sense of the word, an extra extraordinary Teacher. She is as demanding of her students as she is nurturing—allowing any being to reach his/her highest heights. Sara is the teacher with whom I wish my own children could have the privilege of studying. She. Is. Exquisite. Sara’s Feedback: […]
Parent Feedback: After having had Sara as a Latin and poetry teacher, our daughter chose Sara to help with personal essay for college next year. Sara brings awesome focus, whole-being caring, curiosity and high standards. She always has her game on and is extraordinarily well prepared. Sara’s commentary: I have worked with the Capossela girls […]
By Francesca In 2009 my family and I left home and traveled, to study history directly. We lived in Paris and Istanbul; my sister and I were home schooled. At 13 years-old, facing this exclusion from friends was more terrifying than headless Marie Antoinette’s story. Disconnected from what I cared about and immersed in history, […]
By Shaunpaul Once I closed my eyes, I was in an eternally dark place. In this dream, a booming voice questioned me. “If you had the chance to confront the ones who hurt you, what would you do?” I hated those who oppressed me. Now was my chance to get closure…and revenge. “We’re about to […]
Student Commentary: Sara immensely helped me as a writer and to produce strong, polished college essays. She helped me find my voice, reflect my personality, and power through my ideas. She was absolutely my biggest resource. Sara’s Commentary: This student knew exactly where he wanted to go: Places.
My time with Sara was amazing and and beneficial to my writing skills. She challenged me to add more juice and style to my writing. Each detail I put in my personal statement I was asked questions about. It was as if she was guiding me in peeling an onion to its center. Each evening she would sit with me listening as I expressed my thoughts to her. She became my pencil that helped converts my thoughts into words on paper. Each email sent was words of encouragement and cheer that uplifted my spirit. This motivated me to continue writing every time I got writer’s block. I found a reason to be happy about my writing instead of being ashamed of it. I appreciate the time and dedication Sara spent working on my essay with me because it helped me get admission to the schools I was interested in attending. I was able to find my voice, use my words, and tell my story because of Sara’s assistance.
--Joel, Cornel University, Class of 2019
When I started the college process the one thing that I was really sure of was that I never wanted to try to fit who I was into who I thought colleges wanted me to be. When it came to my personal statement, I was adamant about not forcing the events that have shaped my high school experience to seem presentable and neat. Because they had not been and I felt like I owed everyone involved with the college process as close to a true representation of myself as I could manage. Sara not only aided my and guided me through this process, but she encouraged my writing to be raw and lyrical in the ways I thought it should be. Writing with Sara not only helped with my college process, but also with my writing and thinking processes.
--Antonia, Scripps College, Class of 2021
Sara was a true delight to work with! She guided us and our daughter in the essay preparation process, and helped us manage deadlines, always allowing our daughter to be in full command. Sara brought out the best in our daughter's essays, while fully respecting her voice and her style. Thank you Sara! You are very talented! We are always happy and delighted to serve as a reference.
--Grateful Family in Scarsdale, NY, Parents of T, Class of 2019