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Ali Hess
College Admissions Counselor

English/Language Arts Instructor


University of Chicago (Creative Writing, B.A.)

Counseling Experience:

Ali is a returning counselor! Through her work with B2A she has truly discovered her passion in the realm of college counseling and finds immense gratification in helping each student craft the best possible application. She especially enjoys the process of creating essays with her students and the challenges and joys that come along with it. In her own process of college admissions, her Common Application essay titled "How My Cow Taught Me the Definition of Feminism" was published in the New York Times.


Counseling Philosophy:

“Each admissions officer wants to be able to feel your personality come through in every section of your application. I am here to help you identify and promote your outstanding character traits and channel those through the essays we work on together. The college admissions process can seem daunting, but I am here to help you charm your readers at each college you apply to.”

Education Experience:

Ali worked as a College Core Writing Tutor at The University of Chicago, where she edited numerous students’ creative and academic essays by providing both syntactical edits and large picture suggestions. She also volunteered with Southside Scribblers at UChicago, creating lesson plans and teaching younger students about the joys of creative writing.

Education Philosophy:

“When learning, we must work together to pinpoint our weaknesses and enhance our strengths. I am looking forward to engaging with any student that aspires to achieve that goal.”

Interesting Fact:

Ali grew up on a dairy farm in rural Illinois and spent the summer of the pandemic raising bottle calves.

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