ATTENTION: All high schoolers who feel overwhelmed, stressed, and scatter-brained
when it comes to creating a stand-out application to your dream colleges...

Dyllen Nellis Stanford

Join the Admissions Edge to...

Sharpen your admissions spike.
Craft powerful
college essays that capture the true you.
Get accepted to your dream schools.

...WITHOUT Sacrificing Your Authenticity, Sounding Cliché,
or Wasting Time on Endless Mediocre Essay Drafts!

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"This course made the whole process much more manageable!"

Tamish – Stanford University
India

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

Eve – University of Pennsylvania
New York
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"Thanks to this program, I was accepted into my dream school!"

Nell – Harvard University
Missouri
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"I was able to get into multiple Ivy leagues, ultimately deciding to go to Columbia University!"

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

Raisa – UC Berkeley
California
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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’ve tried drafting your college essays, but every time they just sound so… bland. And how the heck do you convey your entire story in just 650 words?!

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

😢 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 admissions 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: 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.
Most students will have similar scores as you, but no one has your story.

Unlike grades, your college essays have the power to showcase the person behind the paper.

Top-tier universities are looking for students with a cohesive narrative and strong personal values (literally, most competitive universities mark Character/Personal Qualities as "Very Important" on their Common Data Sets!)

So what does this mean? You need holistic college admissions strategy.
Our students get into their top schools because they build connections between their values, experiences, and interests throughout their ENTIRE application!

You have what it takes.

You have powerful stories. You have admirable values.
But NO ONE will know how incredible you are unless you effectively articulate these qualities in the best way. This is the strategy we teach inside the Admissions Edge.

With test-optional policies & the AI boom...

Now more than ever, colleges want to see your personal values shine through in your essays, activities, and the rest of your application.

Let’s flip this false belief right on its head:
With my Proven 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 winning college application in only
1 hour a day, and I’ll show you how.

How would it feel to submit a stand-out application that conveys the true you and gets accepted to your dream schools?

🤩 A sneak peek into your future…

🔥 Approach your college apps 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.
🔥 Supercharge your skills in writing, storytelling, and self-reflection
– that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
🔥 Repurpose your excellent essays
– and win $20,000+ 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!!

But first, have we met?

Hey there, I'm Dyllen! 👋

When I applied to college in 2018, I had big dreams of getting into top 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 high school. (Anyone relate?)

But after educating myself on the ins and outs of the college application process and developing my own strategy... I was accepted into every school I applied to including Stanford, USC, UCLA, NYU, and more.

Most importantly, I experienced an incredible journey of self-discovery, becoming more grounded in my values and identity than ever before.

Your application is more than what you've done. 
It’s about how you strategically present your experiences and values to show the admissions committee who you are and your potential to succeed at their institution.

Dyllen Nellis
Even with my success, I was still *incredibly stressed* throughout the process.
I spent so many months 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, put in the work, and felt the stress so YOU don’t have to.

I have taken everything I’ve learned from…
…to create the ultimate success system for stress-free college apps.
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Maggie – Harvard University
California

"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."
Julie – Columbia University
California

"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. 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 easy to pinpoint the most interesting things about me and figure out what to write about.

I have friends starting the application process, and I'm recommending (aggressively pushing) this course to them."

Introducing...

The Admissions Edge

The program for high-achieving applicants to create stand-out college applications
that gain acceptance to your dream schools, win $20,000+ in scholarships, and convey the true you.

Winner of the OZY Genius Award • Sponsored by Chevrolet

This course was 1 of 10 projects chosen out of thousands of applicants to receive funding and mentorship from industry experts.
Nell – Harvard University
Missouri

"This course helped me feel really confident about creating an outline and drafting my essays with all these examples that showed me how to put together all of my ideas.”​

“Before the program, I felt like I was getting a ton of advice thrown at me, but had no examples or stories to prove that all this advice worked or how to put it all together. But what really helped me was reading the example essays in the course and seeing the breakdown of how admissions officers would interpret each part of the essay."
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Parent of Hudson – USC
California

"Dyllen pushed my son beyond anything I would've thought possible."

"My son learned more about writing in the two weeks between Christmas and the New Year than in his 4 years of school! I only wish that we had found Dyllen a year earlier. She went out of her way to be encouraging with rough love and pushed my son beyond anything I would've thought possible."

It's truly the complete success system.

Take a sneak peek inside the Admissions Edge!

Prep Module

Holistic Application Strategy

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

Fun fact: This is one of the trickiest essays to get right.
Most students fall into clichés, but you know your dream schools don't accept most students.
Module 5

Supplemental Essay Strategy

Module 6

Effective Framing of Your Activities & Awards List

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 7

$20,000+ Scholarship Strategy

And on top of all that...
You're gonna get some sweet BONUSES to make success even easier!

BONUS!

Essays That Work:
30+ Successful College Essay Examples

By Real Students Accepted Into Top-Ranked Universities
(Analyzed & Color-Coded to Break Down the Structure!)
Common App Essays, UC PIQs, & Supplemental Essays

BONUS!

Digital Worksheets

Brainstorming exercises, essay outlines, and templates to map out your ideas and keep your college apps organized!

BONUS!

Your AI-Powered Toolkit

Specially trained on strategies to set you apart at the most competitive universities in the U.S! Our tools will help you develop & present your essays & activities for maximum impact – in ways that general AI tools cannot!
*We believe AI is a tool, not a replacement for human power.
We strongly discourage the use of AI to write your essays for you.

BONUS!

One Free Round of Expert Essay Editing

A member of our essay editing team will provide comments, suggestions, and a comprehensive note of feedback on one of your essays! We'll help improve your essay structure, sentence phrasing, clarity, cohesion, flow, and storytelling.

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
Peru
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"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
Maryland

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 create a winning college application – with ease?

Join the Admissions Edge and get instant access to...

Just a one-time payment of $397

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.
Uriel – USC Presidential Scholar
Washington

"It was definitely worth it! I would recommend it!"

"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."
Abraham – UCLA
California

"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."

This program 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 whom I had the privilege to work with. They 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.

100% Risk-Free Guarantee

When you join the Admissions Edge, you gain access to the strategy you need to craft a powerful college application that will impress admissions officers.

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.

"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
California

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

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Here's what happens once you enroll...

As soon as you enroll, you’ll be sent a welcome email with your username and password to access the Admissions Edge.

Then, everything is yours & you can get started right away!

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.

This course is perfect for you if...

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

This isn't just a college admissions 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 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!

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 Admissions Edge is your bridge to success.

Karla – USC
California

"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!"
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Raisa – UC Berkeley
California

"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 is tend to be filled with stress over college applications. Every lecture you gave was all super helpful and constructive. It was so worth it."

Can't wait to see you on the inside!

Admissions Edge

The hype is real.

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"This course made the whole process much more manageable!"

"Reading other accepted applicants essays was a great way for me to gauge if I'm on the right track and am using the required level of language. Watching the videos in combination with the essays made the whole process much more manageable."
Tamish – Stanford University
India

"I really loved the course because of how much it built my confidence and readiness for the essays."

"I initially felt unsure if I could write a standout essay to get into my reach school, because of how different the college essays were from what they teach us here in Nigeria. But with the course I learned how to use anecdotes and I believe I created a fantastic starting. The course also helped me in structuring my essay and knowing which parts I should emphasize, which was very important to me."
Oseremhen – Vanderbilt University
Nigeria
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"I'm going to UCLA!!"

"Honestly, I absolutely LOVED IT!!! This program 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 – UCLA
Jamaica

I absolutely loved your course! I was so worried about the application process because I had no idea how to write a college essay, and then enrolled in your course and it helped so much and made organizing and brainstorming essays so easy. I loved your words of encouragement and humor throughout the course and it felt really personal. I am so grateful for your program and all your advice that helped me get into all 6 schools that I applied to!

Jolie - Texas A&M Texas

I liked how relatable this course was, being able to see that Dyllen had the same writing struggles I had gave me more reassurance. This course provided many essay examples that were highlighted and broken down, it taught me how to effectively write a compelling story, or as Dyllen calls it “a window into our complex lives”. Also, I appreciate that she goes above and beyond to make taking this course as equitable as possible for more students through scholarships, YouTube videos, and free introductory sessions. I hope more school districts can provide this amazing course to build more confidence in students’ story writing abilities as it did for me.

Malia – Western Washington University Washington

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

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

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

Jessica

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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.

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How to Work Smart, Not Hard (Saving You 3+ Hours Per Week!)

 

How to Craft a Cohesive Application

 

The High Achiever’s Game Plan to Maximize Success & Eliminate Procrastination

 

The Perfect Fit: How to Tailor Your Applications to the University Values

 

3 Success Stories From Real Students

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


The Stand-Out Qualities Colleges Look For in Students


5+ Brainstorming Exercises


Essay Topic FAQs: Cliché Topics, Sob Stories, Application Theme, and More!


What If There’s No Happy Ending? All Your Questions ANSWERED.

How to Choose Your Best Topic


How to Define Your Essay’s Theme


The Two Main Essay Structures for Every Type of College Essay


Every Storytelling Component For a Stand-Out Essay


How to Create a Complete Outline For Your Essays (You can kiss writer’s block goodbye!)

Drafting Strategies to Best Optimize Your Time


How to Start and End Your Essay


How to Use a Metaphor to Make Your Essay Shine


Every Mistake & Overused Phrase I’ve Identified From Editing THOUSANDS of Essays


Actionable Strategies to Make Your Essay 10x Better


How to Cut Down Words


Common App vs UC PIQ Writing Strategy

How to Stop Sounding Like Everyone Else


Identifying Your Aspirations & Values That Connect With the School


How to Strategically Take Notes While Researching Colleges


And Transform Your Notes Into the Outline of Your “Why Us” Essay


(This is one of the trickiest essays to get right!
Stop falling into clichés and learn how to STAND OUT!)

How to Repurpose Your Essays Across Multiple Applications


The Ultimate List of Common Supplemental Essay Prompts


The Supplemental Essay Master Doc (all your prompts color-coded & organized!)


Worksheets to Brainstorm & Outline Specific Prompts
(such as the Diversity Essay, Why Major Essay, and more!)

How to Maximize Your Chances of Winning Scholarships


Which Scholarships You Should (And Shouldn’t) Apply To


Scholarship Organization Sheet