“Shirley is an exceptional editor and mentor. Her approach to writing and superb coaching style helped me find my voice and shape my narrative as I pursued admission into three top-tier MBA programs.
She was willing to work with me on short notice and an accelerated timeline and still made me feel like her top priority.
Her professionalism and outgoing personality made it a pleasure to work with her. The impact she had on me and on my writing undoubtedly influenced my acceptance to Stanford and Columbia University.“
— J.M., MBA Candidate, Stanford GSB class of 2023
“I just wanted to let you know that I checked my email at about 7 pm and I found my acceptance email to Amherst!!! I am SO excited and I just wanted to thank you so much for all your help and your support throughout this whole process! You were so helpful and I don't know what I would have done without you. Thank you!“
— Sabrina, accepted to Amherst
“Shirley was concise, supportive, and enabled me to be the best writer I could be. She was patient and understood when I wanted to change a specific aspect of my writing. She knew how to give advice, but never hijacked my train of thought. I would highly recommend Shirley to anyone who wants to improve their writing, regardless of their level.“
— Brian, accepted to New York University, class of 2025
“Just wanted to take a quick moment to tell you that I got into Princeton. As you can expect, I’m pretty excited, and I know your help, motivation, and occasional kick in the butt made a huge difference!“
— Garry, accepted into Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
“Thank you so much for all of the help throughout my application process! I've finally decided that I will be attending Carnegie Mellon in the fall. I'm so grateful to have had you help me, not only with college essays, but with my writing in general. I feel like I've drastically improved since the time I came to you last fall.“
— Vivek, accepted to Carnegie Mellon
“I really learned a lot through the process of writing and editing with Ms. Tokheim. She is the best out there.“
— Adam, accepted into Harvard Kennedy School
“I wanted to thank you for all the positive help you gave my granddaughter during your workshop. She really enjoyed the week she worked with you and feels you helped her immensely with a great quality essay. Bottom line she really liked you!“