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Gain access to tons of college resources all in one place, learn how to approach the college application process, and receive personalized advising.

College Calm with Talya

My goal is to provide accessible and affordable resources consolidated all in one place. I work to empower students to generate a college application that reflects their individuality and unique perspectives so they can get into their dream schools.


Peruse lists upon lists of scholarship opportunities, degree pathways, international financial aid packages, summer access programs, and more!  

List includes merit-based, need-based, and diversity-based scholarships

Gain exposure to colleges and boost your college readiness via competitive summer programs

For students outside the U.S. applying to U.S. schools

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My advising is student-driven and can be on an as-needed basis or a consistent schedule throughout the school year. There are options for everyone at any stage of the process!

Creative Design

Essay Ideation & Innovation

Receive personalized 1-on-1 advising for brainstorming, editing, and receiving feedback on your college application essays. This includes creatively tailoring your essays to productively engage AOs and positively reflect you in your application.


Competitive Coursework Design

Create a rigorous coursework schedule that enables you to have a competitive transcript. If you are a rising HS senior, we can choose a schedule that indicates your career/major readiness. If you are a rising HS freshman, we can create a 4-year plan for your high school career.

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Full-Cycle Advising

Get unlimited help on all the essays that you will have to write during the ~6-month-long application cycle. Benefit from help with strategically planning your college list, major, LORs, essays, etc. Anything you could need help with during this time, I will be there for you!


My name is Talya aka College Talya aka Essay Engineer

I recently graduated from Duke University and am continuing my education at Duke before graduate/professional school. I LOVE writing, communication, and mentorship. 

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College Talya Blog

Read fun, yet informative blog posts that can help you navigate some of the confusing aspects of the college application process. 

Omkaar '21

Talya was able to guide me and help me construct the perfect essay for my applications. 10/10 would recommend!

Trisha '21

Thanks to her help, I was accepted into NYU with a great scholarship, and I would recommend her services to anyone.

Dilan '20

Not only helped me create amazing essays for college, but allowed me to grow as a writer.

"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work"

Thomas Edison

Get in Touch

Do you have any specific questions/concerns about my services or the college app process? Fill out the contact form here to reach out to me! 

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