Christina Kappel

Essay Specialist

Subjects

  • Application Essays
  • Writing

Tests

Locations

  • Bethesda, MD
  • Tenleytown, DC

Bio

Originally from Weston, Massachusetts, Christina moved to Washington, DC, to earn her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at George Mason University (and to eat Maryland blue crabs). Christina earned her B.A. in English Literature at Fordham University in New York City, and after graduating, did not want to give up spending her days with Emily Dickinson and the Bronte sisters. She dedicated her life to inspiring a love for women writers in the next generation, teaching English literature and writing first in Massachusetts public high schools for several years and then at Andover High School. Helping students to discover and pursue new intellectual passions eventually inspired her to further explore her own academic interests; she left the comfort and stability of the high school classroom to pursue graduate study.

Christina earned her MSc. in Gender at The London School of Economics and Political Science where she explored the intersections of gender, media, and cultural discourse in the postmodern world from a feminist perspective; her doctoral work is more narrowly focused on women’s viewership and labor in the age of multi-platformed televisual programming. Her advanced degree work allows her to combine her love for women’s literature and media, scholarly writing, and teaching. Christina currently teaches Gender and Sexuality courses at both GMU and American University, and although teaching college is an exciting challenge for her, she has missed working with high school students who are eager to embark upon the next step in their intellectual journeys. Working as an essay specialist allows her to be a part of that next step.

Outside of her professional life, Christina enjoys spending (almost all) her time with her corgi, Paddington Bear (the most adorable dog on the planet). Although not always attentive, Paddington clearly supports Christina’s contention that Keeping Up With The Kardashians is a postmodern iteration of a Jane Austen novel and loves watching her cook Ina Garten’s recipes in hopes that she might be offered a morsel.

Philosophy

Feeling confused, misguided, or defeated when writing essays is a place to begin, not to give up; with perseverance, an open mind, and special attention to even the smallest glimmer of inspiration, everyone can be a successful learner. That said, success does not always look the way we picture it (it almost never does). What is most important is to be open to all the different avenues that might be intriguing, motivating, or enriching. Failure is simply a golden opportunity to do it differently, to do it better, and to delineate our own unique form of success; one should never be afraid to rip up the page and start again.