Shannon Jeffries

Essay Specialist


  • Application Essays



  • Bethesda, MD
  • Remote (Zoom, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC


Shannon Jeffries is an educator, college access advocate, and writer. Hailing from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Shannon developed a love of writing and teaching at a young age. She went to The Ohio State University, where she studied psychology. It was there, in Ohio’s state capital, that she developed an interest in educational access and mental wellness. Coupled together, these interests led Shannon to pursue a Master of Education with a specialization in Urban School Counseling at the University of Maryland College Park.

While studying at UMD, Shannon joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where she worked closely with the freshman and transfer admissions processes and co-managed key access initiatives for students from across the state. Her intimate experience with the world of college admissions was a catalyst for her decision to work with students at the secondary education level. She was hired as the Founding College and Career Coordinator at District of Columbia International School, where she built a comprehensive college counseling program and advised the school’s first graduating class.

Outside of work, Shannon is a published writer, avid reader, and occasional comedienne for her family and friends. She enjoys writing about wellness, personal discovery, and all things education.


My writing philosophy is rooted in the belief that there is freedom and power in storytelling. We are all narrators, and each of us knows our own story better than anyone else. Still, I know what it feels like to stare at a blinking cursor or feel constricted by a word limit. As I work with each student, my goal is to empower them to find the strength in their story and simultaneously to refine it into a compelling component of the college application. Through guided discovery and reflection, students authentically share a part of themselves through their own words that helps them convey the message they want.

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