Hudson Valley, New York…….Vincent Nugent, retired English teacher and owner of Nugent Productions, and former student of Nugent, Marybeth Cale, owner of Cale Communications in Rhinebeck, have announced the launch of an initiative designed to provide students with affordable college application essay coaching called “Crushing the College Essay”.


The concept developed when the two discovered overlap in their “side” businesses as college application essay coaches, and, most importantly, a shared vision for delivering expert advice to students from all over the globe, regardless of socioeconomic status. The idea to create an affordable educational DVD, “Crushing the College Essay”, in addition to providing access to one-on-one phone coaching for students was born, and the two began work on production. The DVD launches this month on Amazon, among other sites; purchase of the DVD or sessions can also be made online


“It was really serendipitous to run into my former student at her sister’s high school reunion, where we started discussing the reality of the college admissions landscape and the fact that we both wanted to do more for the students whose families could not afford to hire private consultants like us. As we talked, it became clear that developing a DVD to cover all of the tips and strategies we review during our private sessions was the answer, and that by offering it at a low price point, less than $30, we could potentially reach tens of thousands of youth from all over the world who may not otherwise get the advice they need as they develop their college admissions essays. We began work on it almost immediately, motivated by that vision, and we are thrilled to have it ready for the masses,” shared Nugent.


“As a former college admissions counselor, I know how important it is for students to craft compelling essays that capture their stories, their personalities, and help them stand out from their peers. Like Vinny, I have long worked with students as a private coach, but I wanted to do more for those who couldn’t afford the individual services of people like us, and to somehow level the college admissions playing field a bit more.  Our ‘Crushing the College Essay’ DVD really gives students everything they need to develop a winning college essay, and I am delighted that we have an affordable solution for students everywhere”, continued Cale.


The two are currently running a contest on their website, where parents can enter to win a free copy of the “Crushing the College Essay” DVD through the end of June. One winner will be selected at random. Others can simply order a copy for just $24.95 through the site.


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