ATTENTION: All high schoolers and college applicants who feel overwhelmed, stressed,
and scatter-brained when it comes to getting accepted to your dream colleges.

Join The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story
to strategize, write, and submit phenomenal college essays
for ANY prompt – and never have writer’s block again.

"I was able to get into a school I didn't expect to get into (USC) which increased my self-confidence."

Karla – USC

"Dyllen understands the college application process, and I knew I could trust her."

Eve – University of Pennsylvania
New York

"Thanks to Dyllen's program, I was accepted into my dream school!"

Saba – Harvard University
New York
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"I was able to get into multiple Ivy leagues, ultimately deciding to go to Columbia University!"

Angela – Columbia University
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"This course was a huge lifesaver that made me excited to work on my application!"

Raisa – UC Berkeley

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I know how you feel...

Your days are jam-packed with challenging classes and extracurriculars, and now you’ve gotta apply to college on top of that?! 🤯

You’ve got a ton of pressure to get into college and make yourself and your family proud, but honestly… you just have no idea HOW. 😭

You have no clue where to begin, so you procrastinate even starting. 😳

You’ve tried drafting your college essays, but every time they just sound so… bland. ☹️

You’re beginning to think that you just aren’t unique enough to get into your dream schools. 😢

Your mind is swirling with questions, but you’ve got no one
to answer them.

🤨 How do I avoid sounding cliché and instead stand out?
🤨 Do I really have to sell my pain as a “sob story” to get into college? That feels icky!
🤨 How do I create college essays that feel authentic instead of braggy?
And sooner or later…

You become trapped in a time-wasting cycle of scrapping and rewriting poor essay drafts.

The stress increases, your well-being takes a toll, and college applications live on in your mind as literal H, E, double hockey sticks. (Believe me, I’ve been there.)

Let's face it.

College essay strategy is not taught in most high schools...
yet it can literally make or break an application.

Let’s cut the rumors & misconceptions that float in the hallways, yeah?

So you’re telling me you didn’t cure cancer or go through a seriously traumatic event?
Neither did I, and I got into every school I applied to!

Real talk: Your achievements and challenges do not define you.
Everyone has a story to tell, no matter how big or how small.

Sometimes, the most meaningful essays come from the smallest moments.
You could make your whole essay about a trip to the grocery store!
(And yes, someone has successfully done that.)

When you engage in deep self-reflection and
use the right strategy, you can turn any story
into a compelling college essay.

Sorry to break it to you, but while GPA can get you in the door, it won’t set you apart. There will be students with the same scores & activities as you...
but no one has your story.

Most colleges in the U.S. use a process called “holistic review”. They take SEVERAL factors into consideration to gain a full picture of who you are. We’re talking empirical data like GPA, scores, and achievements, but also personal qualities like leadership, intellectual vitality, and emotional intelligence.
You are literally given a “Personal Rating” in admissions! (Say what??)

Numerous schools across the U.S. (especially the more competitive ones) classify your “Character/personal qualities” as “Very Important” or “Important” in their admissions statistics. (Trust me, I dug through tons of common data sets to prove it.)

And what’s the Number 1 driver of your Personal Rating? You guessed it, college essays.

TLDR: Many students underestimate the importance of the Personal Rating, but every year it’s becoming increasingly important – especially with test-optional policies.

Let’s flip this false belief right on its head:
With my 3-Step Process, you will actually SAVE at least 3 hours a week.
(Wait… really??)

Yup, this course is carefully designed to best utilize your time every step of the way.

Without proper strategy, you will find yourself…

You can craft a dazzling admissions essay with only
1 hour of writing a day, and I’ll show you how.

Why Most Students Write Mediocre College Essays
(And What YOU Are Going to Do Differently)

Imagine what it would be like to strategize, write, and submit
phenomenal college essays for ANY prompt (with ease).

🤩 A sneak peek into your future…

🔥 Approach your essays with expert strategy
– feeling stress-free and having fun along the way!
🔥 Complete your applications early
– with extra time to cherish your friendships before splitting off in different directions.
🔥 Submit your applications with confidence
– knowing you did everything in your power to create the future you desire.
🔥 Strengthen your knack for storytelling, organization, and time-management
– skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
🔥 Repurpose your excellent essays
– and win thousands of dollars in scholarships.
I’ve helped students around the world achieve exactly this.

And I can’t wait to show you how too.
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^ This could be you!!

Hey there, I'm Dyllen Nellis!

When I applied to college in 2018, I had big dreams of getting into top-ranked colleges, but I had no idea HOW. My parents weren’t familiar with the competitive college admissions landscape and I noticed a lack of guidance at my public high school. (Anyone relate?)

So here's what I did...
I sought out numerous articles, books, and videos to educate myself on the ins and outs of the college application process. What I learned was indispensable.

And it all paid off - I was accepted into every school I applied to including Stanford, USC, UCLA, NYU, and more.

But most importantly, I experienced an incredible journey of self-discovery.
I engaged in deep self-reflection and became more grounded in my values and identity than ever before.
Dyllen's College Essay Advice
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Here’s what I learned:

The college application process isn’t just about getting into college, it’s about using specific strategies to effectively convey your values, experiences, and potential to colleges.

Even with my success, I was still *incredibly stressed* throughout the process.

I spent so much time sifting through millions of random resources to figure out the strategy to get into my top schools, that I didn’t have a comfortable amount of TIME to actually execute what I had learned.

I’ve made the mistakes. I’ve put in the work. I’ve been through the stress.
Now YOU don’t have to.

Every year since, I’ve continued to research college essay strategy and I've gone on to coach thousands of students across the world.
I have taken everything I’ve learned from…
…to create the best program to support YOU through this process.
Dyllen Nellis Stanford Engineering

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"The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story" is 1 of 10 projects chosen out of thousands of applicants to receive funding and mentorship from industry experts.

The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story

The program for high-achieving high schoolers and college applicants who are ready to discover their personal narrative, unlock a stronger understanding of themselves, and submit phenomenal college essays – with ease.

Dyllen Nellis College Essay Course "The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story"
When you purchase this course, you also provide one to a first-generation, low-income student!
You will receive a thank you email with the first name of the FGLI student you helped.

What if writing college essays was EASY?

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"This course was like taking a bubble bath when there's a zombie apocalypse outside your door."

"The college application process was super stressful and scary, but Dyllen made it easy to step back and get to the root of my problems. If you're unsure about what stories to write about, she made it easy to pinpoint the most interesting things about you, make them relevant to your character, and write wonderful essays. Her course was super helpful because she identified specific things people did to make their essays impactful and impressive and made it easy to apply those methods to your own work. Dyllen broke down the structure and made it a more collaborative and individualized experience, making it easier to figure out what to write about. I have friends starting the application process, and
I'm recommending (aggressively pushing) this course to them."
Julie – Columbia University

"Through this course, I got into schools that I would never have fathomed getting into - schools with below 5% acceptance rates. It has truly been a dream come true."

"I loved how organized this entire course is and how easy it makes it for students to craft meaningful essays while also being authentic and truthful to who they are. This course allowed me to learn a lot about myself, and in turn, teach those reading my essays who I am as well."
Maggie – Harvard University

"The writing tips paid off as I was able to get into a school I didn't expect to get into (USC) which increased my self-confidence."

"I loved this course! I felt like my thoughts were scattered all over the place, with online advice scattered everywhere. But the Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story turned my college application process into something more than just a stressful situation. Top-notch essay examples, essay structures, and space to begin creating were found all in one guidebook! I am proud of the learning experience I got from all this. May positivity and inspiration forever exist!"
Karla – University of Southern California

Come on in! Here's a sneak peak of your path to success.

Prep Module

Save Time & Prevent Stress

Module 1

Discover Your Story - Brainstorming

Module 2

Craft Your Story - Structuring

Module 3

Write Your Story - Drafting & Revising

Module 4

How to Write The "Why Us" Essay

Module 5

Supplemental Essay Strategy

Module 6

How to Make Your Activities & Awards List POP

Your achievements are superrrrr impressive, but are you explaining them in the best way?
Level up your achievements – just by the way you communicate them!
Module 6

Scholarship Strategy

And on top of that, you're gonna get some sweet BONUSES
to make the process even easier.


26 Successful Essay Examples

By Real Students Accepted Into Top-Ranked Universities
(Analyzed & Color-Coded to Break Down the Structure!)

AI-Powered Activities Description Generator

Instantly generate personalized & professional activities descriptions for both the Common Application and UC Application!
Simply input information about your activity, role, and impact and watch the magic happen! You'll get back 3 different versions of your
Activity Name, Position, and Description
– all within the strict character count 😉


My team of essay editors at top-ranked universities will edit 1 of your essays any size under 800 words.
We will add comments and suggestions to improve essay structure, sentence phrasing, clarity, cohesion, grammar, flow, and storytelling.

At the bottom of the document, we will write several paragraphs detailing your overall feedback: what you did well and how you can improve!
Your essay will be edited within 5 days of submitting through our form!


Writer's Workshops

Writer’s Workshops

I am always learning new tips and developing new strategies to make the writing process as easy as possible for you.

In this ever growing workshop series, I take a deep dive to answer your most pressing questions. I use what I learn from my individualized coaching sessions and record 10-20 minute workshops honing in on a specific topic.

Topics include Writing About Mental Health, Live Essay Editing, etc!
These are exclusive lessons only available for masterclass attendees.

See what other students are saying...

This course was a lifesaver during college apps. It was incredibly helpful in providing examples of successful essays from students who got into a lot of the schools I applied to. Every example was analyzed line by line which made it easier for me to view my own essay objectively while writing and editing (Dyllen is also a great editor)! Another helpful thing is the list of overused phrases. Hearing from someone who has read a ton of essays tell you what won't stand out was SO HELPFUL and I definitely caught myself trying to use some of those phrases. This course is helpful no matter what step of the essay writing process you're on and helped relieve a lot of stress for me!

Ellie – UT Austin Texas

Dyllen!!! I just want to say you have been BY FAR the MOST helpful resource I've gotten throughout this college process. Like you, I didn't come from a family with money to pay for a college counselor, and I've spent months and months researching on my own. I was at the tail end of submitting my applications when I discovered your course and it has helped me really dig into my values to create essays that speak to me. I am 100% recommending your course to my younger sister who has a few years before she starts this process. So much love for you girl <3


How much is it worth to you to STOP spending hours frantically revising essay drafts that never had the right topic, structure, or strategy to begin with?

Dyllen's College Essay Advice
If your essay still doesn't feel "right" after multiple revisions, your wording is not the problem, it's your topic & structure.
😇 SAVE time sifting through random resources online and follow a proven 3-Step Process.
😇 SAVE time & money on endless essay edits and learn to build a solid foundation for your essay from the ground up.
😇 SAVE money on college consulting call packages with this self-guided solution.
And most importantly... save yourself the stress.

Are you ready to write phenomenal college essays – with ease?

Join The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story and get instant access to...

Just a one-time payment

$397 $297

Save $100 and receive the Writer's Workshops bonus!
When you purchase this course, you also provide one to a first-generation, low-income student!
You will receive a thank you email with the first name of the FLI student you helped.

My students have done it, and so can YOU!

Vania Cornell

"I got a full ride to an Ivy League!"

"With Dyllen's program, I learned what to do before the writing process, how to level up the essays, and how to save crucial time by recycling essays in the best way possible! There are plenty of resources on how to write essays but this program really gave me a new perspective on portraying me as a human and how to stand out as an international FGLI student. I wouldn't have been able to make it without your help Dyllen!"
Vania – Cornell University
Maya UPenn

"I'm going to UPenn!"

"I learned how to better organize my essay response and I realized my response did not have to be one life-changing moment, but could be a series of events and life experiences that built my character!"
Maya – University of Pennsylvania
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"I never imagined I could craft the quality of essays necessary to be admitted to some of the country’s most competitive and high-ranked universities."

The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story was invaluable in my journey to craft the best college application essays possible

Like most, the college application and essay writing process initially felt daunting and intimidating. But after enrolling in The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story and completing the workbook, I understood more about who I was and the personal values and stories I wanted to convey throughout my college application essays. The step-by-step workbook allowed me to break the process down into more manageable pieces to which I could better fine-tune the details and be less stressed. Everything is methodically well-planned and detailed. 

Dyllen also has an incredible team of editors, in particular Joe Dodson, whom I had the privilege to work with. He provided constructive and detailed feedback that allowed my essays to improve with each new draft. As a result, I was admitted into some of my top choices, including Berkeley & UCLA, and I am certain that I could not have done it without Dyllen and The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story.
Abraham – UCLA

100% Risk-Free Guarantee

When you join The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story, you gain access to the strategy you need to craft a dazzling college essay that will make admissions officers go WOW.

Lack of results stems from lack of support. This is a proven process that has worked for thousands of students across the world, and if you fully commit and put in the work, you will achieve the results you desire.

An investment in your education is invaluable. These are skills you will use in college and beyond! So as you make a decision to commit, it's important to me that you feel safe. That is why I offer a 100% money-back guarantee. If you join and find the fit isn’t right, simply request a refund within 7 days of purchase. No strings attached.

*Don't be the person who logs on, downloads all the worksheets, absorbs all the content, and asks for their money back, k? Years of hard work have been poured into this program and I value your integrity to honor the support this program provides.

This course is perfect for you if...

You believe in becoming a smarter, more confident version of yourself.

This isn't just a college essay course, it's a journey toward self-discovery.
In order for admissions officers to recognize your personal values, you need to identify them for yourself. The course includes brainstorming & structuring exercises – you won't find anywhere else – to help you analyze your experiences, identity, and emotions.
I will teach you to embrace vulnerability while practicing self-compassion.

You value a streamlined process over information overload.

Noise on the internet can be anxiety-provoking. There's so many random resources out there and it's hard to pick apart just the "good stuff". Unlike my YouTube videos, the content in this course is much richer. For every strategy I teach, I explain why you should do it, how it will impact admissions officers, and the consequences of not doing it. You will learn HOW to achieve each strategy with actionable steps and specific examples.

You want to avoid writer's block at all costs.

With my college essay outlines, your essay will include all the necessary storytelling components while maintaining room for flexibility and creativity. (Most successful essays follow these structures, whether they intend to or not!) There will be no question as to what you're going to write next – all you'll need to do is turn your bullet-point structure into sentences and paragraphs.

You believe problems should be solved with empathy.

This course is designed with empathy. It includes exercises and advice to boost your motivation, support your well-being, and foster a growth mindset. Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on building YOUR best application!

Designed For Gen Z, By Gen Z

We learn by doing

Interactive workbook to map out your own ideas.

We have shorter attention spans

Engaging & easy-to-digest video content.

We're breaking the mental health stigma

Exercises to improve mental health & spur personal growth.

We thrive off positive vibes

Words of encouragement to promote self-compassion
& a growth mindset.

Proven strategy. Step-by-step guide. Real results.

Here's what will happen once you enroll...

1. You'll enter your log in and payment information.
2. Look for a confirmation email with a link to the course platform where you can immediately begin learning.
3. Look for an email invitation to access your digital workbook on Google Docs!

You will need a Google account to access the digital workbook.
Access to the course will last for 2 years.


How long does this course take to complete?

This course is asynchronous, meaning you have access to ALL the content for up to 2 years, and you can work at your own pace, on your own time! It is also meant to guide you through the ENTIRE essay writing process for ALL essays, so the timing may vary depending on your schedule and the number of essays you need to write. To go through the course and craft 1 essay from brainstorm to final draft, it generally takes around 3-4 weeks. 

Does the course come with essay editing?

Yes! 🤩 One essay edit is included in the course starting Aug 12, 2022! For additional essay edits, visit for more info 🙂

Can I meet with you to discuss my ideas, essay topics, and drafts?

Apart from this course, I offer college application consulting as a separate service! If you enroll in this course, you can get a special 40% discount to meet with me 1 on 1! For additional live meetings over Zoom, you can find more info here!

"I discovered my strengths, themes, and learned how to build connections between my experiences!"

Before using Dyllen's resources, my essay ideas were scattered and I struggled to find themes. Using the program, I discovered my strengths and how they connected to experiences and relationships I had. That helped me form cohesive stories that highlighted my creativity, perseverance, and successes. I realized how valuable it was to dig deep in my past, uncovering hobbies and challenges throughout my life, and thinking about how relationships shaped me, in the brainstorming exercises that Dyllen provided. I also realized that tying several, what seemed like unrelated topics together was possible and helpful.

I felt so relieved after using Dyllen's program and talking with her over zoom calls. Dyllen's prompts and structure made writing the essays so much easier, and actually fun. Her instructions to use timelines helped me stay on track. Overall, her program made this daunting process doable way less stressful. I am so grateful!
Sunny – University of California San Diego

A BIG thank you for creating this course. It has helped me become more comfortable with sitting myself down and learning more about myself. I feel more connected and in-tune with myself now that I have completed the admissions process. The "things I feel vulnerable about" part honestly brought me to tears. It’s helping me become more comfortable with facing things that I otherwise buried deep. VERY thorough instructions and doesn't feel like work when solving the workbook. Thank you Dyllen!

Sumaiya Bangladesh

This course was a huge lifesaver that made me excited to work on my application! It has allowed me to have fun and be creative during a time that tends to be filled with stress over college applications. Every lecture you have written out was super helpful and constructive. It was worth the money. Thank you 🙂

Raisa – UC Berkeley California

College applications are difficult, especially when you have no one to guide you through the process and lack exposure to information. But Dyllen's course against all odds helped me to create a tangible essay draft; not just one essay, but all of my college essays. Essays that spoke my mind and soul. Essays that I would never dare to write without her help. Dyllen, I am so grateful you are helping many disadvantaged and less fortunate high school students like me in many countries. Your work is a true masterpiece.

Samrawit Ethiopia

There IS a way to complete your college apps without the excess stress.

There IS a way for the college application process to be easy and fun.

There IS a way to submit your essays with confidence and pride.

You have what it takes to reach your goals.
The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story is your bridge to success.

How much is it worth to you to STOP spending hours frantically revising essay drafts that never had the right topic, structure, or strategy to begin with?

If your essay still doesn't feel "right" after multiple revisions, your wording is not the problem, it's your topic & structure.
😇 SAVE time sifting through random resources online and follow a proven 3-Step Process.
😇 SAVE time & money on endless essay edits and learn to build a solid foundation for your essay from the ground up.
😇 SAVE money on college consulting call packages with this self-guided solution.
And most importantly... save yourself the stress.

Are you ready to write phenomenal college essays – with ease?

Join The Ultimate Guide to Craft Your Story and get instant access to...

Offer expires soon!

$397 $297

Save $100 and receive the Writer's Workshops bonus!
When you purchase this course, you also provide one to a first-generation, low-income student!
You will receive a thank you email with the first name of the FLI student you helped.

The course helped me so much throughout my college application process. It really allowed me to add structure to the process and identify what I needed to work on. The workbook was amazing at helping me organize my ideas and evaluate what I truly wanted to convey in my essays. The videos and curriculum integrated into the course really helped me tell my story and be proud of my writing. It was definitely worth it! I would recommend it!

Uriel – USC Presidential Scholar Washington

Honestly, I absolutely LOVED IT!!! It was extremely helpful in helping me organize my college list and most definitely helped me figure out which values and qualities I wanted to highlight in my essays.
It was also really colorful and aesthetically pleasing.

Khushi Jamaica

It was a one-stop shop, which was much easier rather than miscellaneous TikToks, Youtube videos, and books. It helped me start and give me some inspiration. It also helped me learn how to revise my own work.

Catherine – University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan

As a low-income and international student, I struggled with all the application and essay writing process since day one. I was not used to talking about myself through words and I didn't know if my story was impactful, nor if it was worth sharing. But being a recipient of a scholarship to enroll in this course was extremely helpful. I learned to brainstorm, choose my topics strategically, construct my ideas, analyze the impact on me and others, and create an essay that portraits my voice. Dyllen was amazing by giving free resources and creating this course. I appreciate all the time invested in this huge project and hopefully, it will continue to grow to help other students as it helped me.

Marcela – Wellesley College Peru


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