Client Testimonials

In my work helping students with their college applications and essays, I have received a great deal of positive feedback. Here is a small sampling.

Devon worked with my son on his personal statement for his college applications. She helped him formulate his thoughts in a concise, truthful, and unique-to-him way. She gave him tools that he will use going forward. Best of all, he loved the whole experience. There is no one better to guide a teenager during the pressure-filled time of senior year. I highly recommend Devon. My son’s essay was better than anything I could have imagined.
— Martha P.
Devon did wonderful work with my child, whose confidence in her writing had all but vanished in the churn and pressure of writing for school. She was paralyzed at the prospect of writing a college essay that would reflect who she was, who she had been and who she might become.

With Devon, my daughter rediscovered that writing is, most of all, a process of discovery, an experience of adventure. During their Skype sessions, I heard laughter, intense discussion, and occasional shrieks of recognition. Out of it all emerged a college essay written with the self-possession of a person who had found a voice. That essay opened doors that would otherwise have been closed to my daughter.
— Mrs. P. Ranson
Devon’s work was greatly appreciated. She helped me say what I was trying to say in a much clearer and more straightforward manner, without ever changing the core of what I was trying to express. She helped me reach the best version of my ideas, and gave me new vocabulary to use and experiment with here and there. Overall, she made the process of writing and editing feel a lot less stressful, and made me more certain of my ideas. Devon mainly gave encouraging feedback and helped me write the best essays I possibly could. If I were to try to do that alone, by myself, it would’ve taken a lot longer. But, most importantly, your essay will still be your own essay even with her help.
— N. Parsons
Devon, I am writing this note as a form of commendation for all the benevolent acts you have done for me over the years. Your help with my college essays was simply prodigious in its benefits to me, and I say this with the utmost veracity! I will forever aspire to have an ounce of your constant gaiety, effortless decorum, and genuine disposition. Your Jane Austen Circle was so laudable, as it taught me to be a close reader, and to understand the importance of paying attention to new words while I am reading. (I do it with every book now!) P&P still remains one of my favorite books, and it is all because of you!

You are truly an amazing role model.
— Eleanor H.
I found Devon O’Brien through a mutual friend during my college application process. Before Devon, I was nervous about the quality and the direction of my essays. However, from the first meeting, I could tell Devon was going to be instrumental in my college application process. Not only did she help me successfully brainstorm and give my essays direction and guidance, but she also helped me meaningfully edit and hone my essays into coherent final drafts. Her knowledge of the college admissions process as well as her writing skills together helped me write essays that got me into my dream schools. I highly recommend her to anyone who is potentially struggling to write their college essays or who is looking for someone to help their good essays reach a level of greatness. I cannot thank Devon enough for all that she has done for me!
— Nick, Future Freshman at UCLA
Over the weekend, our daughter committed to Brown University, her dream school for several years. We are so thankful for your constant support, your guidance, and your experience with not only the essay portion of the application, but the entire college application process. Feather Inc. made all the difference. We can’t thank you enough! All our best.
— A Proud Mom
The idea of working with my parents on my essays seemed out of the question. Devon seemed the ideal person to go to. Devon had me sit and just write about myself, giving me small prompts to go off of, but mainly telling me to let my ideas wander. Devon and I went through and came up with many different drafts. We found one we really loved. Edit by edit, we tweaked it to perfection. By this time my face-to-face time with Devon had ended, but we continued to work over the phone, through email and Google Docs. The time that I spent with her was invaluable to my success. She always knew exactly what to do with my drafts and the deadlines, in ways that neither my parents nor I could have done on our own.
— Clare W.
I reached out to Devon when I realized I had done as much as I possibly could with my personal statement.  I knew I wanted someone who had a way with language and the ability to ask profound and enlightening questions that would propel my writing to a higher level. After discussing and ‘soul-searching’ with Devon for a couple of hours at my favorite patisserie/boulangerie, I had a score of notes and a clear sense of direction. I confidently finished my essay.
— Emily S.
Devon’s input was invaluable. She inspired our daughter to dig deeply and find out what unique qualities she will bring to a university—this was after months of procrastination.  With Devon’s gentle encouragement, Posey came up with a great and truthful angle she was very happy with.
— Valerie M.
Devon’s spot-on editing feedback, her command of the language, as well as her playful humor, creates a synergy in the writing process that curbs the internal critical voice of the writer so that creativity can flow. Whether Devon is imparting wisdom about the writing, or sitting with my son as midwife on the critical college essay, she delivers on her promises with a distinctive flair, and a sense of comportment and savoir-faire that inspires both confidence and joy.
— Leah B.
As an educator with LAUSD for over twenty years (as both an English teacher and high school Principal) I know the work entailed in the college application process. I’ve even run a private workshop for students in the Larchmont/Hancock Park community preparing for high school applications. All that said, when the time came for our oldest daughter to embark on the process, I knew I wanted her to work with Devon at Feather Inc. The journey they took together was everything we’d hoped for as our daughter and Devon worked through a variety of prompts (for private and public universities) and engaged in a meaningful and deeply rewarding writing process. Perhaps most importantly, our daughter took ownership of the process and we were able to focus on the other pieces of the puzzle. Our daughter was able to write about what really mattered and secured several generous offers to attend the schools of her choice. Thanks, Devon!
— B. Schallert

“Devon worked with my daughter on her personal statement, helping her distill her voice, her story, and her dreams into one essay - a tall order! More importantly, she instilled in my daughter a sense of freedom, empowerment, creativity, and mastery in personal essay writing that took her through to every last supplement in the application process.  She managed to enjoy all those the short answers and used Devon’s tools to brainstorm, edit, edit, and refine until each essay represented and reflected exactly who she is. While the essays may help get her into college, the skills and empowerment will help her be successful IN college. Can’t heap enough praise on Devon for teaching our daughter the writing process in action!”

”I turned to Devon when the essay-writing process became stressful for my daughter.  Devon sat patiently with her while she wrestled with several topics.  None seemed quite right and it was a challenge to wade through the process as the deadline loomed.  Devon had faith that my daughter would hone in on what was authentic and true to herself — which is what colleges want to know.  She wrote a wonderful essay, and importantly, learned a lot about herself and gained confidence.  A bonus was that my daughter was accepted by nearly all of the schools to which she applied, including her first choice.”

~Alexandra B.

“Cannot thank you enough for all of your help.  We had an amazing experience with you and I believe that you really nurtured and enhanced a love of writing in our daughter. She was inspired, engaged and lit-up when she was working with you. I think she is a better writer and enjoys the act of writing more because of her time with you. Thanks for everything you guys did together.”

~Grateful mom. 

"During a period of the college application process in which students are being bombarded with advice on how to appeal to admissions officers, Devon helped our daughter find a story that first and foremost rang true to her. Devon was patient, kind, encouraging, and thoroughly dedicated to helping our daughter find her voice."  ~Hugh G.

Devon was able to help my son express himself more freely in his college essay. She helped him realize that he IS a good writer.  When I read his essay it truly brought a tear to my eye. 

Thank you Devon for working with my son. You have given him the extra confidence he needs to be a successful writer at Wesleyan this Fall! ~Donna E