Leah Messing earned a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and graduated as an Athena Scholar from Barnard’s Athena Center for Women’s Leadership Studies. She spent a semester studying abroad in Madrid and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Leah has worked with over 100 students from 28 different elementary, middle, and high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and she also works with students in other states and countries through FaceTime and Google Hangouts. She has given presentations on college essays at high schools, community events, and non-profits in Miami-Dade County.
Leah’s education and experiences have well prepared her to help students with their admissions essays and academic papers. In the summer of 2011, she worked as a Verbal Coach for the organization Let’s Get Ready and helped low-income high school students develop their personal essays. Additionally, she took an Essay Writing course at Barnard in which she studied famous short stories and learned how to craft a well-written personal essay. Throughout her college career, she worked with the Barnard Writing Center, a peer-to-peer tutoring center that focuses on advancing college-level writing skills. In 2012, Leah wrote the introductory section of a proposal for the U.S. Department of Education while interning at Education Development Center. She has also participated in two advanced counselor retreats with The College Essay Guy. Most recently, she has taken up creative writing, and her stories have been featured in The Selkie and the Writing Class Radio podcast.
As a recent college graduate, Leah offers a valuable perspective on the college admissions process. She understands the high level of stress brought on by the process and actively worked to change that culture during her time as a student at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. As the founder of Palmetto’s chapter of Challenge Success, Leah attended the organization’s national conference at Stanford University in 2008 and led the team at Palmetto. The Challenge Success founders invited Leah to be a student speaker at the Challenge Success Fall 2009 National Conference in Palo Alto, CA, where she addressed over two thousand people about the stress brought on by the college admissions process. Her speech can be viewed here. As a result of her efforts with Challenge Success as well as her other accomplishments, Leah was selected as Palmetto’s Silver Knight Nominee in English. She scored in the top two percent of test takers on the SAT writing section.