Brittany Maschal, Ed.D

Dr. Brittany Maschal has held positions in admissions and student services at the University of Pennsylvania at Penn Law and The Wharton School; Princeton University (undergraduate) and The School of Public and International Affairs; and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has served on admissions committees with American Councils for International Education and International Research and Exchanges Board, as an invited speaker to numerous community programs in the US and abroad, and as an alumni interviewer and admissions representative for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Brittany was also an Executive Board member and Membership Director of the Penn GSE Alumni Association.

Brittany received her doctorate in higher education from the George Washington University in 2012. Prior, she attended the University of Pennsylvania for her master’s and the University of Vermont for her bachelor’s degree—a degree she earned in three years. Brittany is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. As a member of IECA, she serves in various leadership roles, including VP of the Graduate Committee and leader of the Business School Roundtable series.

She’s also the co-author (along with Emma!) of The Complete College Essay Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Personal Statement and the Supplemental Essays—naturally, she loves helping students uncover, explore, and then tell their stories throughout the application process.

Emma’s alma maters include Nightingale-Bamford in New York City, Phillips Academy Andover, Harvard College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, and the University of California Santa Cruz, where she received her Ph.D. in Literature. Always a passionate writer and editor, she has worked as a literary scout in New York City, created guides for SparkNotes, taught composition and creative writing to undergraduates, edited a literary magazine, written articles for an agricultural news site, and published her poetry and essays in a number of different outlets. She has been helping students write college application essays since 2016, and in 2021, she co-authored The Complete College Essay Handbook with Brittany. She is currently a Visiting Professor of English at Xavier University.

Kris graduated from Harvard University with a BA in economics and completed his MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received the top student and post-graduate fellowship funding and where his thesis advisor was Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding. In between those two degrees, he worked in finance in Vietnam, started an education consulting company in China, and taught lawyers in Lithuania. His essays and photography have appeared in various outlets, including The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine, The Browser and The Millions. He currently splits his time between Berlin and Philadelphia and is working on a novel.

Mike is pursuing his PhD in English Literature at Duke University, where he was awarded the two top fellowships available to graduate students. He holds a dual B.A. in English and Economics summa cum laude from Rutgers University, where he also received Honors for his English Creative Thesis (a collection of short stories) and won numerous writing contests. Between finishing undergrad and enrolling in Duke’s doctoral program, Mike spent a year teaching English to high school students in France. As a graduate student, he primarily studies contemporary fiction, but he’s also written on Victorian novels, existentialism, and film.

Michelle graduated from Pomona College with a degree in psychology, where she also worked for four years in the admissions office as a student ambassador. She was later hired full-time to interview applicants one-on-one and contribute evaluative reports to official applicant files. Witnessing decision-making committee meetings has given her important insight into what goes on behind the scenes in college admissions. Michelle has enjoyed working with high school students as a counselor and writing coach for the past eight years. She is passionate about guiding students and families through this momentous life transition with her warm, enthusiastic personality and finds particular strength in her ability to develop rapport with students. Michelle is based in Hawaii.

Moira earned her BA in English Literature and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. She also graduated from Harvard University with an MPA while pursuing a concurrent MBA at the Wharton School of Business. Moira joined Teach for America after college and stayed for seven years teaching English in Nashville, TN. During this time, she also earned a Master of Education in Instructional Practice. Currently, Moira lives in Washington, D.C., where she is working toward affecting change in education at scale through policy and non-profit work.

Stephanie graduated from Harvard with a BA in English and received her MFA in fiction from NYU. Until 2018, she ran a small incubator to help women launch feminist-minded business ventures. Before that, she worked as a marketing manager at a tech startup in Berlin, a management consultant for Fortune 500 media/entertainment companies across the U.S., and a remote strategy director for the literary magazine Nat. Brut. Stephanie has published her writing in places like Bookforum, Lit Hub, and the LA Review of Books, and she is currently working on a novel. Originally from Connecticut, Stephanie now lives in Budapest, Hungary, where she is completing research on Hungarian-Jewish literature as a 2023-24 Fulbright Scholar.

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