Francesca Kelly started assisting students with their college application essays in 2006, when she served as a high school guidance counselor at St. John’s International School in Brussels. Since then, she has worked with hundreds of students on all facets of creating and shaping their application essays, from brainstorming to revising. As a freelance writer, Ms. Kelly has sold personal essays to Redbook, Family Circle, Salon and other magazines. She also writes frequently on education issues for Foreign Service Journal and blogs about college application essays. Married to a career diplomat, Ms. Kelly guided her own four children through the college application process while the family lived overseas in cities such as Ankara, Rome, Brussels and Vienna.