Hallie Anderson


Hallie Anderson

College Essay Specialist

B.A. Haverford College
M.A. Temple University

Introduce yourself:

Growing up a stone’s throw from Washington, D.C. and visiting my dad at work at the Justice Department, it seemed like a no-brainer that I would go to law school after majoring in Political Science or History at Haverford College. In fact, the courses I was most drawn to were in the English Department, with reading lists that ranged from Le Morte D’Arthur to Toni Morrison. A graduate degree in creative writing from Temple University followed, with a teaching assistantship that allowed me to wed my two passions — writing and teaching. I’ve been doing that ever since, as a high school English teacher, which fits my young-at-heart sensibility. Being part of the process of helping students deepen their critical thinking and expressive skills simply never gets old.


Fun Facts:

  • I have two dogs. Olivia is sixteen and Leo is one.
  • My children both have literary names (from the novels of Norton Juster and Thomas Hardy respectively).
  • If I weren’t a teacher, and didn’t have crippling stage fright, I just might try stand-up.


Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What fictional character — either very much like you or nothing like you — would you like to spend time as and why?

What do you spend too much time doing? Listening to political podcasts on my long commute.

If you were the protagonist in an epic adventure, whether a game, novel, or movie, what would your ultimate quest be? My ultimate quest would be for patience. The book would obviously never end.

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