Malcolm Culleton


Malcolm Culleton

College Essay Specialist

B.A. Columbia University

Introduce yourself:

Both of my parents are English teachers, so some might say that writing is in my blood. I grew up on the campus of a small Quaker boarding school before attending Columbia University. I majored in Creative Writing and specialized in fiction.


After graduating, I left New York and roamed around the country, riding Greyhound buses and covering long distances on my bicycle. I eventually returned to Philadelphia, where I worked as an activist and political organizer for several years. Along the way, my creative focus gradually shifted to creative nonfiction and songwriting—now my primary creative outlets.


I recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where I work from home as a marketing writer for a small business and perform regularly on the local folk music scene. Nothing excites me more than a free-form essay prompt. Like the road ahead, the possibilities are endless!


Fun Facts:

  • The greatest adventures of my life were both long, solo bicycle journeys. In 2012, I rode from Pennsylvania to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and back, navigating only with hand-drawn maps. In 2018, I completed an 1800 mile ride from Philadelphia to Newfoundland, Canada.
  • I was a campus DJ throughout my 4 of college, hosting multiple radio shows across a variety of music genres. This first piqued my interest in vinyl records, which I still collect today.
  • I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid—for a long time, I wanted to grow up to be a paleontologist. Before that, I wanted to be a pirate.


Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: Imagine that you are able to hear a sound, taste a flavor, or see a color that is completely unlike anything that is perceptible to anyone else. Describe that sound, flavor or color to a friend.

What do you spend too much time doing? I spend an absurd amount of time studying street atlases and drawing my own urban maps. I used to consider my maps a pet project, and was embarrassed to share them with other people; in recent years, however, I’ve become more proud of them and even started giving them away as gifts. Recently, I got a request for my first commission!

What are three skills you’ve learned in the past year that you really should’ve had already? I’ve learned how to use Instagram, how to do all of my own bicycle repairs, and how to properly season vegetables so that they taste delicious

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