Founder & Owner
Alice Chen is an award-winning journalist who loves writing, teaching and inspiring people. She’s helped students gain acceptance to schools like Stanford, Brown’s 8-year combined undergraduate/medical program, Caltech, MIT, Cornell, Northwestern, West Point, UC Berkeley and UCLA. Her students have received awards ranging from UC Regents Scholarships to a $100,000 Tulane Founder’s Scholarship.
Alice is highly experienced and brings nearly 20 years of professional communications work to her teaching.
Stanford University Class of 1998, BA History, Minor Economics.
Northwestern University Class of 2004, MS in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
Coach of coaches:
Hired by private school to train guidance counselor on college admission essay editing. In the school’s 22-year history, they had never gotten a student into an Ivy League-level school. The student Alice coached got into MIT; she played an integral part in helping him choose a memorable essay topic.
Hired by elite level, professional admission consultant / English tutor to coach her on her personal college transfer applications.
Edited adult memoirists (including Chicago Sun-Times editor) through StoryStudio Chicago
Former center director of Achieva College Prep Service's Palo Alto office. The majority of Achieva was later purchased by Kaplan.
Professional multimedia journalist whose work has appeared in national, major market media:
Print / Online - San Francisco Chronicle (One story helped non-profit win $3 million Google grant), Newsweek.com, New York Times News Service, Atlanta Journal - Constitution. Former staff education reporter for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (circulation 415,000 at the time).
TV - Morning Cut-In Anchor / Reporter, WNNE-TV (Vermont); Hearst Argyle Producing Fellow, WCVB - TV (Boston); Cityline News Magazine Show Freelancer, WCVB-TV (Boston); Anchor / Reporter SCBN-TV News (Stanford University).
Radio - WBEZ Chicago Public Radio Mentee.
Communications consultant for clients including Apple (Legal, HR and HR Executive Communications), PG&E (CEO and SVP Speechwriting), Kraft (Year-End Report), University of Chicago Medical Center (Patient Case Studies).
Outside of work, Alice enjoys family, friends, food, traveling, hiking, dancing, and Jesus