Dorrie Turner


Dorrie Turner

College Essay Specialist

B.A. University of Richmond
M.A. University of Richmond

Introduce yourself:

Dorrie grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where she spent every summer holed up in the air conditioning to escape the heat and every winter praying for snow days. Books and movie theaters were her best friends (and still are). After graduating from the University of Richmond, Dorrie became the Marketing Director for an insurance and investment firm, but it didn’t take her long to realize life in a cubicle wasn’t for her, so she returned to UR to work on her Master’s of English. And, more importantly, she listened to her inner voice and left office life to become a teacher. Twenty years and two sons later, Dorrie still loves her students, but they aren’t her whole world. A perfect day for her would be a quiet brunch (pancakes, no eggs) with a book, an afternoon visit to an art museum with friends, and a movie with her boys, a large Diet Coke, and a box of Sour Patch Kids.


Fun Facts:

  • I wrote my master’s thesis on William Shakespeare’s Dark Lady sonnets and his play Antony and Cleopatra.
  • My Myers-Briggs personality type is INFJ (Introvert-iNtuitive-Feeling-Judging), otherwise known as “the advocate.”
  • My favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.


Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What is an item that costs very little but has immense value to you?

What do you spend too much time doing? Watching House Hunters International, online shopping, snacking, watching Instagram videos on cleaning hacks, contemplating the meaning/meaninglessness of existence, cleaning (thus the need for hacks)

If you knew then what you know now…. I would have taken typing in high school.

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