“As a public school student, I was deprived of a liberal arts education—with close knit literary discussions, passionate not programmed teachers (who preach about the cookie cutter “five paragraph essay”), and an environment conducive to moral and social growth. As an adolescent, I was deprived of intellectual role models— who embraced learning as a lifestyle, rather than as a means to an end. Anne Knight filled both voids in my life. With an unparalleled strength in analyzing themes, targeting a writer’s weakness, and helping develop structure, Anne helped me nurture my voice and organize my thoughts. As one of the quirkiest, most straightforward people I know, Anne made our meetings colorful—with her notorious Dutch hot chocolate and her notorious purple pen, brutally erasing unnecessary details. Anne taught me to write as one cooks, using literary tools as ingredients, working patiently, thoughtfully, meticulously, and above all—being sensitive to the end product and always willing to add or take away. This cooking metaphor has helped me transcend the cookie cutter “five paragraph essay” and embrace more creative structures in writing, to embrace voice through detail and emotion. But most importantly, Anne became a mentor, a friend. When I couldn’t decide whether I should go to Stanford, Yale, or Columbia, Anne, the mentor, helped me decide. When I was stressed, Anne, the friend, comforted me. Anne’s guidance, I’m confident, has helped me grow in many different capacities. I’m deeply thankful for the chance to know such an accomplished, aware person.
— A.A., Accepted at Yale College, Stanford University, Columbia, and other top schools