Our Editors

We know that college application essays often reveal personal stories about the high school students who wrote them, and it would be more comforting to know something about the person on our team who is editing your essay. To reduce the anonymity between our students and our editors, we are letting our editors share a little bit about themselves!

Megan Nguyen

University of Texas at Austin

Hi! My name is Megan and I’m a sophomore Cell & Molecular Biology major at UT Austin. Some hobbies of mine include drawing, photography, and working out!

Yasmina Zaarour

University of California — Los Angeles

My name is Yasmina, and I’m a freshman at the University of California Los Angeles! I will be majoring in neuroscience. In my free time, I love cooking new foods and exercising!

Sneha Rajendran

University of Texas at Austin

Hello! My name is Sneha and I am a sophomore Public Health major at UT Austin. I enjoy hiking/exploring Austin’s various parks and trails. I’m currently watching Criminal Minds, but some of my favorite shows include Community and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Aditi Prabhu

University of California — San Diego

Hi! My name is Aditi Prabhu and I am an essay editor and mentor for Through the Vine! I recently graduated high school and will be starting my freshman year in the fall at UC San Diego with a major in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Psychology. Apart from volunteering, I love to dance and play the piano, and my favorite show on Netflix right now is Outer Banks!

Jessica Li

Cornell University

My name is Jessica and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in biology and society on the pre-dental track. In my free time, I like to write creative writing pieces, volunteer, collect memes, and go on runs! 

Alice He

University of Pennsylvania

Hi! My name is Alice and I’m a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying computer science, economics, and mathematics. I’m a big fan of podcasts, graphic design, and architecture.

Kiara Vicens

Creighton University

My name is Kiara Vicens and I am currently a senior at Creighton University majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Neuropsychology. My hobbies include hiking, going to the beach (when I’m home in Hawaii), and cooking/baking!

Megan Zhong

University of Pennsylvania

My name is Megan and I’m a sophomore studying public health and nutrition science at the University of Pennsylvania. I love reading and I’m always working on my next writing project!

Britney Tran

University of Texas at Austin

My name is Britney, and I’m a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin! I’m majoring in International Relations and Global Studies and am in the Liberal Arts Honors program. Since moving to Austin, I’ve been using my free time to cook and experiment with dishes for myself and friends.

Grace Pearson Thompson

Tulane University

My name is Grace, and I’m a sophomore at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. I’m majoring in neuroscience, minoring in psychology and gender & sexuality studies, and I’m on the pre-medical track. A fun fact about me is that I can play 5 instruments!

Anisa Noor

University of Texas at Austin

I’m Anisa, a pre-law (?) sophomore Psych major attending UT using she/her pronouns. I’m an avid Spotify user and promoter and I quite honestly should be sponsored by the corporation because I am a walking, talking ad for their brand. Also I’ve second-degree met the Queen of England so if you’d like to third-degree meet her we can make that happen!

Maya Dompier

University of Houston

My name is Maya, and I’m a sophomore at UH this year. I’m an English major with a journalism minor, and I want to be a copy editor in the future. I like to play video games in my spare time or take care of my bearded dragon, Tarrasque! 🙂

Cameron Cooper

Belmont Abbey College

Hi! My name is Cameron and I’m a junior majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology and possibly Chemistry. A fun fact about me is that I play collegiate softball for my school!

Laasya Sarva

Saint Louis University

My name is Laasya! I currently attend the Saint Louis University Medical Scholars Program! I am currently a sophomore Neuroscience and Computer Science major! A fun fact about me is that I am a dance teacher and a vocal teacher!

Caitlyn Truong

University of California — San Diego

Hi, I’m Caitlyn! I am currently a freshman at UC San Diego studying bioinformatics. I love baking, reading, traveling, watching Marvel movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Izabella Schrandt

University of Texas at Austin

Hi! I’m Izabella and I’m a senior at The University of Texas at Austin. I’m majoring in journalism, but I also have an interest in psychology. In my free time I love going hiking and enjoying the outdoors.


Penn State University

Hello! My name is Maha and I go to Penn State University (Schreyers Honors College). I am a freshman majoring in Biology. I love to photograph and paint in my free time, as well as work on design.

Sharon Lee

Saint Louis University

Hi! My name is Sharon Lee, and I am a sophomore studying Neuroscience on the premed track at Saint Louis University. I love to play the piano and listen to music, cook/bake, and watch movies and dramas.

Puja Shah

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Hi! My name is Puja Shah. I am a sophomore at Rutgers University- New Brunswick majoring in Biological Sciences. A fun fact about me is that I like to bake.

Pearl Park

San Diego State University

Pearl is a Master’s student in Accounting at San Diego State University. She learned English as her second language and understands the struggle of writing an essay! She has always loved reading and remembers how happy she was after finishing Matilda and Harry Potter in English for the first time.

Karla Desatnik

University of Texas at Austin

My name is Karla Desatnik (she/her), and I am a second-year Psychology major at The University of Texas at Austin. I love watching movies (especially Disney!), laying outside during the Fall season, and I’ve recently gotten more into cooking and baking (I love banana bread).

Mckayla Morris

University of Texas at Austin

My name is Mckayla Morris (she/her pronouns), and I am a junior Public Health major at the University of Texas at Austin. One fun fact about me is that I love to explore new restaurants and other areas around Austin that I haven’t been to yet!

Joyce Kim

University of Michigan

Hi! I am a sophomore studying Data Science and business here at the University of Michigan. My pronouns are she/her/hers and I enjoy watching NBA, exercising with friends, and swimming.

Kaitlin Osterman

Macalester College

Hello! My name is Kaitlin Osterman (she/her) and I am a junior at Macalester College. I am a Geology major and Media and Cultural Studies minor. In my free time, I love running and sewing.

Albert Wang

University of California — Los Angeles

Hello everyone! My name is Albert (he/him) and I am a first-year at UCLA studying business economics. In my free time, I like playing sports, traveling, and editing videos. I look forward to helping others apply to their dream college!