Ben DeVore

Essay Specialist

Subjects

  • Application Essays
  • Mock Interviews
  • Writing

Tests

Locations

  • Bethesda, MD
  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC

Bio

Originally hailing from small-town Georgia, college essay tutor Ben DeVore developed an early passion for creative storytelling across a range of writing genres. He attended Harvard College, where he coupled his love for writing with his favorite subject throughout school – history. He supplemented his writing-intensive bachelor’s degree in 2015 with two minors – one in health policy and one in Spanish. During his undergraduate years, he also tutored dozens of students across the world (in 10 conferences total in Boston, Madrid, Dubai, and Hong Kong) as part of Harvard Model Congress, a government simulation program in which high school students write and argue policy positions on domestic and international issues.

Since college, Ben has worked as a legal assistant in New York City and as a management consultant for mostly public-sector clients in Boston. Currently, he is a policy brand consultant, a role in which, based on the needs of federal policymakers, he helps to craft unique, advocacy-related narratives for government affairs departments in D.C. He is eager to apply lessons from his multi-faceted background to his work with PrepMatters students.
In his spare time, he enjoys making plans for his next journey abroad (24 countries and counting!), prioritizing fitness and health, and searching for that next great show to binge through a lazy weekend.

Philosophy

I firmly believe that, regardless of background, each person is capable of forging his or her own pathway, both in academics and in life, and he strives to bring that independent spirit to the forefront of each student’s writing piece. Beyond necessary revisions for grammar and sentence structure, I place an emphasis on creating a convincing narrative that skillfully weaves together multiple themes, thereby giving the reader a more layered understanding of the student’s motivations and aspirations for the future.

Although a writing piece can focus on one particular issue, experience, or story, that singularity should not prevent the writer from taking a step back to address more fundamental questions: Why is this topic so important to me? How has it influenced the person that I am today? And, perhaps most importantly: How does it serve as a foundation for the person that I hope to become in the future? To get at the heart of these questions, my philosophy is to delve beyond surface-level interactions in order to gain a more holistic understanding of each student’s particular talents, goals, and needs.