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 a few years ago and is still adjusting to the tall buildings and lack of parking. Terry recently earned a Master of Arts in English from Georgetown University, where he studied Victorian literature, trauma theory, and feminist literary criticism. Building on the BA in English and BS in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication that he completed at James Madison University, Terry’s academic background has given him a strong passion for writing and narrative.

As a newly minted editor and technical writer for the Transportation Security Administration, Terry supports the TSA’s safety and environmental division, ensuring that its safety documentation is written in the clearest possible way (and yes, it’s as thrilling as it sounds). Prior to this position, Terry worked at Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, where he helped develop, style, and edit online courses. A major part of his work there, as it is at PrepMatters as an educational planning specialist, involved ensuring that the student learning experience was both enjoyable and productive. Terry’s other writing and editing experience includes grant writing and copy editing for a museum, editing submissions for academic journals, and writing for social media campaigns.

Outside of work, Terry enjoys reading voraciously (particularly works by Haruki Murakami), eating (an established foodie), and playing Overwatch (as a proud Mercy and Moira 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.

Recent Writings