- Application Essays
- McLean, VA
Naira has always loved writing, but her desire to write professionally began way back when she was a shy undergrad at Alaska Pacific University writing for her college newspaper. It was there that she developed the basic skills of editing, interviewing, and researching current events. This love of reporting and storytelling led her to move back to the D.C. metro area to pursue a Master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University. She has over ten years of journalism experience and has written for various publications, including Politico, The Root, and The Washington Informer.
In addition to reporting, Naira has also published numerous opinion pieces and even dabbled in marketing writing. She credits the experience of writing commercially with giving her invaluable insight on how to hook a reader and convey a clear message. Her favorite genre of writing is narrative non-fiction. She especially loves the personal essay and working with people to structure facts and memories into a captivating story. In fact, it was this passion that led her to become an essay specialist and work with young writers.
Currently, Naira is working on a collection of humor essays as she continues to work as a part-time freelance writer. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys running, learning to cook, and convincing everyone she meets to take up journal writing!
An effective college essay does so much more than list achievements or recount a story. A good essay gives the reader the chance to see how a particular story has helped shape the writer’s outlook. By offering guidance and encouragement throughout the writing process (from brainstorming ideas to polishing the finished piece), I strive to help students write about what inspires them in a way that will be effective for the task at hand while staying true to their own unique voice.