Michaela takes a panoramic approach to college admissions, partnering closely with her students to help them craft noteworthy essays, secure internship and shadowing opportunities, and navigate the world of financial aid and academic scholarships at their top-choice programs.
BA, English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A lead counselor with Moon Prep, Michaela guides her students in crafting strong applications, landing impressive extracurricular activities, and securing scholarship funding for four-year universities and BS/MD programs. As a former admissions counselor and high-ability recruiter for a large university, she brings empathy and experience to her students and serves as a complete resource as they navigate the roads of their academic and professional goals. She helps students build their college and BS/MD lists, develop their passion projects, and brainstorm unique topics in their admission essays. Michaela is particularly keen on fostering an enjoyable and supportive space for students to turn their personal stories into a memorable personal statement and ultimately maximize their educational opportunities.
Michaela has an extensive writing background and has had her own column at Niche.com, an online community connecting colleges and schools with students and families. There she wrote articles on diverse admission topics such as making a college list, understanding the Common App, weighing the pros and cons of a gap year, and navigating the world of financial aid. Michaela is also an active writer for the Nebraska Dressage Association where she serves as editor of its subscriber newsletter. Together with her journalism experience, these writing-intensive roles have given Michaela valuable insights into the techniques and best practices of effective essays and personal statements. As one of Moon Prep’s onboarding specialists, Michaela regularly introduces new families to their counselor and essay coach.
Prior to Moon Prep, Michaela served as a staff writer for a national magazine and a freelance writer for PleasureHorse.com and Show Horse Today. Outside of journalism, she has previously worked alongside guidance counselors for an International Baccalaureate high school, developed a college-readiness curriculum for the national nonprofit organization Junior Achievement, and gained experience in college admissions with the University of Nebraska before bringing her expertise to Moon Prep. She has hosted numerous college counseling workshops in high schools throughout the United States, advising students on scholarships and financial aid as well as the fundamentals of a strong student profile. The college application process is Michaela’s wheelhouse, and she stands ready to help ambitious high school juniors and seniors take the next step into higher education.
Michaela has successfully helped dozens of students secure admission to top four-year universities, as well as competitive Direct Medical Programs. A few of her recent acceptances include:
- University of Pennsylvania
- Cornell University
- Northwestern University
- Georgetown University
- UNC – Chapel Hill
- UC Irvine
- University of Southern California
- UC Davis
- Washington University in St Louis
- University of Michigan
- Davidson College
- UT Austin
- Emory University
- University of Georgia
- Baylor University
- University of Rochester
- Penn State University
- Drexel University
- Purchase College
- Texas A&M
- Saint Louis University
- University of Toledo
- University of Southern Florida
- University of Central Florida
- Seton Hall University
- Nova Southeastern University
- New York Institute of Technology
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Parent & Student Reviews for Michaela
My daughter worked with Michaela from Moon Prep on her college applications. She had a top ACT score and has always been strong in science and math (STEM), but was really struggling with writing all the essays. She must have rewritten the personal statement over five times. Michaela helped keep her on track. She helped her with brainstorming different topics and proofread everything. It made all our lives so much easier.
Michaela is great with scholarships. She knows the process well. The first application I completed with her I received a scholarship. She helped me find the scholarships and complete all the essays. It was definitely worth it.
I started working with Michaela the summer before senior year. I applied early to Case Western as soon as the application opened. I found out I was accepted in September! It was a relief to be done with applications so early in the cycle. This way I could concentrate on senior year and my AP classes. All my friends are still working on their apps. Michaela was great. I recommend her.
MoonPrep really helped me get into the BS/MD programs I was targeting. Michaela was great at proofreading all of my essays and keeping me on track, and Kristen had really great tips for the interview process. Would highly recommend to everyone.
Michaela was my counsellor. I can’t thank her enough for her guidance, , expertise and encouragement. I always makes herself so available to help me. She is great with helping me brainstorming ideas. I cannot think of a better person to help me navigate through this process.