Helen Ruger


Helen Ruger

College Essay Specialist, Copy Editor

B.A. Columbia University
MPhil University of Cambridge (Expected 2024)

Introduce yourself:

Hello! My name is Helen. After attending high school in Philadelphia, I went off to Columbia University, where I studied Classics, Psychology, and Gender Studies. I integrated these interests in my senior thesis, which explored the effect of female mental health on the reproduction process within ancient gynecological literature. When I wasn’t reading dead languages, I worked in the Columbia Writing Center, during which I had the privilege to work with undergraduate and graduate students to support their growth as thinkers and writers. Here, I realized how much I value helping students best utilize the resources available to flourish in the writing space and throughout their academic journeys. In my free time, I love cooking, walking in Valley Green, thrifting, going to bookstores, and exploring new cities/places.


Fun Facts:

  • I love to cook and experiment with new recipes – my recent opinion is that nothing tastes as good as a fresh rosemary focaccia smells
  • In April I ran the SHAPE women’s half marathon in NYC with no training (and am still deciding if this was foolish or impressive).
  • I’ve traveled to 18 countries!


Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What is a value you hold deeply and how did you come to develop it?

 What do you spend too much time doing? Thinking, rewatching TV shows

Which historical figure would you like to meet? Cleopatra. She used astrology to rule her kingdom and she was a force against the Roman army so she seems like a formidable (and unnerving) person whose ideas would be fascinating.

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