Julie Richie, M.F.A College MatchPoint Essay Coach

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Julie Richie, M.F.A College MatchPoint Essay Coach

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Raised in Connecticut and New Jersey, Julie earned a B.A. in political science from Brown University and  an M.F.A. in creative writing from Lesley University. While at Brown, she met her husband, a native Texan, who wooed her to the Lone Star state. After 20 years in journalism and public relations, she began the most fulfilling stage of her career - working with teens and young adults on college essays, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles. She moved to Austin from Dallas in 2017 and has been with College MatchPoint for over a year.

As a mother of two college-aged sons with learning differences, she especially enjoys working with students who have learning disabilities. “High school students are so much fun to work with. They’re just beginning to think about their place in the world, which makes their essays so interesting. I love helping students identify and utilize their strengths, uncover and reflect on their most compelling stories, and then find their unique writing voice. But what is most rewarding is when these students come back after their freshman year of college and tell me how much they love their school. That’s when I feel like I have played a small part in launching them into their future.”

In addition to coaching students through the essay process, Julie is working toward her certification in educational consulting from the University of California at Irvine. When she is not working on her own writing projects or reading, you can find her hiking on one of Austin’s many trails with her Lab puppy, or at home teaching him new tricks.

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