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Cassandra Hsiao with 8 Ivy League acceptance letters

Accepted by all 8 Ivy League Universities

Cassandra Hsiao

College Essay Coaching: Sign up now!

In 2017, I made international news when I was accepted into every college I applied to (17), including all 8 Ivy League universities. I'm offering college essay coaching where you will receive 1:1 face time, personalized guidance, and meticulous editing to make your essays sing.

WHY CASSANDRA? I'm up-to-date with what admissions officers are looking for. Gone are the days of accomplishment-tooting and resume-bragging. They're looking for genuine stories that capture their attention and heart, stories that show you at your best: complex, passionate, curious. 

I graduated from Yale University in 2021 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Ethnicity, Race & Migration as well as Theatre & Performance Studies.


 Yale, Harvard, Brown, Cornell, Princeton, UPenn (Wharton), Columbia, Stanford, Notre Dame, Boston College, Boston University, Tufts, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, Tulane, University of Virginia, USC Rossier, UC Berkeley Law, UChicago Law, NYU Law, Georgetown Law and more!


Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Brown, Cornell Med, UPenn, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Williams, Pepperdine, USC, UC Berkeley, UCSD, Rice, Boston University, University of Nevada, UC Irvine Med, UCSF Law, Columbia Med, and MORE! 


"Cassandra gave me creative writing advice that was extremely helpful for me. Her tweaks in my essays were magical---they changed how my essay read 180 degrees. I am infinitely thankful for her, and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to get her coaching."



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  • open to all highschoolers

  • produce a common app essay draft 

  • small class size

  • individualized feedback

  • learn to tackle every kind of supplement!

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  • available as an add-on to the College Essay Class

College Essay Coaching 

Combination of 1:1 Zoom sessions + Meticulous Google Doc edits

If you do not have any idea where to start for a particular essay prompt, that's ok! I offer 40-minute Zoom brainstorming sessions. You'll be equipped with essay examples, a solid idea/storyline for your essay, and strong guidance on how to execute the idea. In these face-to-face sessions, we will:

- brainstorm

- study essay examples

- identify unique strengths and stories

- solidify values to emphasize in essays

- review writing tips/habits

- evaluate any possible ideas you have

If you already have an essay draft, my service will help fine-tune your draft with 2 rounds of edits included. Prices vary by essay length. In the first round of edits, I will make sure you are:

- fully answering the question

- presenting yourself uniquely

- are showing not telling

- crafting an engaging opening opening and memorable conclusion

In the second round of edits, I will focus on your:

- clarity

- grammar

- spelling

- style

- word usage

Additional round of edits are also available, if needed. Each round of edits will be delivered within 3 business days. Rush pricing is also offered. 

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To receive a quote on your college essay package, please fill out this form and I will be in touch.

What makes my service unique is that it I offer you a pay-as-you-go structure, allowing the freedom and flexibility to make choices that would best suit your college application journey. In addition to that, I also offer comprehensive packages that include Zooms and editing packages for certain # of schools.

In addition to college essay coaching, I also offer writing lessons in various genres including poetry, fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, creative non-fiction, and analytical writing.


I offer support for any scholarship applications or apps for specific programs. I've worked with students on speech and debate competitions. I also provide essay counseling for graduate school and professional/trade school applications. Parents, if your student is applying for high schools—I can work with you both on your collective application.

Note that I am located in California, so all Zoom times offered will be in Pacific Time.

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Cassandra's College Acceptances

Yale University

Harvard University

Columbia University

Princeton University

Brown University

Dartmouth University

Cornell University

University of Pennsylvania

Stanford University

Johns Hopkins University

University of Southern California

Northwestern University

New York University

Amherst College

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Irvine

University of California, San Diego


I've worked with students all across the globe, including:

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Online Creative Writing Classes for students (started in 2015)


Judge for California Young Playwrights Contest 

Judge for The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival

Hollywood Radio & Television Society Fellow

CAPE’s Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge

The Blank Theatre’s LRS Series

Yale University Creative & Performing Arts Award

Yale Playwrights Festival

Ucross + The Blank Theatre’s Future of Playwriting Prize

Horizon Theatre’s New South Young Playwrights Festival

Yale University Dramat BIPOC Theatremakers Award

Yale Daily News Podcast Desk

Durango Arts Center 10-Minute Play Celebration

STAGE IT! Ten-Minute Play Festival

33rd and 32nd California Young Playwrights Contest

The Blank Theatre’s 24th and 25th Young Playwrights Festival

Curious New Voices National Collective Play Festival

Princeton University’s Ten-Minute Play Contest

Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival

YouthPlays Publication Contest



Yale Admissions Bulldogs Blogger

Asian American Journalists Association Voices Fellow

The Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Award Winner for Online Video Host

Asian American Journalists Association JCamp Finalist

Los Angeles Times' High School Insider


BYOU Magazine

Crixit (formerly known as KidsPickFlicks)


Francis House

Arts by the People


Brain Mill Press



Feminine Inquiry

Claremont Review 

Jet Fuel Review 

Aerie International

Rambutan Literary

University of Idaho’s Hemingway Festival

Los Angeles Times Essay Challenge

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: National Gold, Regional Gold, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions

Semi-finalist for National Student Poets Program

YoungArts Honorable Mention Winner



Taco Bell Foundation and Get Schooled Finalist

Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Semifinalist

National Merit Scholarship Winner

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership

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