The Remarkable College Essay


Top Admissions Expert Sheila Akbar, PhD shares

3 Key Ingredients for a Remarkable Essay 


  • Avoid tropes that land on the "meh" pile
  • Express authenticity that truly stands out
  • Overcome the most common essay blocks

You want your child to have their best shot at college. 

The Remarkable College Essay can set them apart.

Sheila Akbar, PhD is President & CEO of Signet Education, a full service education consulting company offering holistic support to teens and their families as they navigate high school and the college admissions process. 

Sheila joined the Signet team in the summer of 2010, bringing with her a wealth of experience teaching SAT, ACT, GRE, literature, and composition in both one-on-one and classroom settings. Sheila loves both teaching and learning, and finds nothing more rewarding than working closely with students to overcome the challenges they face. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Harvard University and two doctoral degrees from Indiana University.

Sheila's bright and uplifting perspective on college prep is changing the face of what it means to parent through the high-school-to-college years. With a deep belief in the successful partnership of parents and teens, her influence is affecting student after student and family after family to reach beyond their dreams to new levels of success. She and her team at Signet Education have seen more than 10K students' lives changed through meaningful academic mentorship.