Emily Harnett


Emily Harnett

College Essay Specialist

B.A. University of Pennsylvania
M.A. Yale University

Introduce yourself:

My extremely nerdy obsessions in my teen years were The Rolling Stones and 19th century novels. While my taste in music has become less geriatric over the years, my love for literature has remained a constant. After receiving my B.A. from Penn, I completed a M.A. in English at Yale, where I discovered the joys of teaching and talking about great books with young people. Since then, I’ve been happily teaching English and composition to high school students. I’m also a freelance writer covering books and culture, and my work can be found in The Atlantic, Hazlitt, Literary Hub, Broadly, and Lapham’s Quarterly.


Fun Facts:

  • I minored in Russian in college and studied abroad for a semester in Moscow
  • I’m a huge fan of The Sopranos (R.I.P. James Gandolfini)
  • I have a knack for running into celebrities at 30th Street Station


Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What is the piece of art that moved you most and why?

What do you spend too much time doing? Reading about black holes on Wikipedia!

If you were the protagonist in an epic adventure, whether a game, novel, or movie, what would your ultimate quest be? To discover the nature of my virtual reality and escape it, a la Jim Carrey in The Truman Show!

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