Terry Adams

Educational Planning Specialist


  • Application Essays
  • Writing



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


Terry Adams moved to DC from a small southern Virginia town this past August and is still adjusting to the tall buildings and lack of parking. A passion for writing and narrative led Terry to enroll in the Master of Arts in English program at Georgetown University, where he studies Victorian literature, trauma theory, and gender and sexuality. It’s a program that will build on the BA in English and BS in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication that he earned at James Madison University.

Terry’s academic and professional background has allowed him to write and edit in many different settings that have ranged from grant writing and copy editing for a museum to editing submissions for academic journals and writing for social media. Terry currently works as a Graduate Associate at Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, where he helps online course coordinators and instructional designers to develop, style, and edit online courses. A major part of his work there, as it is at PrepMatters as an essay specialist, involves ensuring that the student learning experience is both enjoyable and productive.

With the little time he has outside of work and school, Terry enjoys reading (particularly books by Haruki Murakami), eating (especially Indian food), and playing Overwatch (as a proud Mercy main).


The essay is an extremely important component of the college application because it is the main place where the admission committee is able to get a picture of the student that is more than a series of numbers and letters. My role is to make the writing process as smooth as possible by encouraging a creative, positive, and safe working environment. Good writing takes hard work and isn’t easy, so students shouldn’t feel ashamed to seek help. My goal is to help students craft an essay that not only sounds good but also showcases each student’s unique perspective and background.