Melissa has a BA in English with Honors from Swarthmore College, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MA in English Literature from Columbia University, where she received the MA Essay Prize and the Bennett Prize in Comparative Literature. She has been working for Essay Edge for over 10 years, covering all genres of application and scholarship essays, following a career in arts administration. She also edits audio transcriptions, helps to prepare submissions to academic journals, and writes and edits feedback for Philadelphia Young Playwrights. She finds great joy and satisfaction in crafting precise and evocative language, and in helping people tell their stories with honesty and style. Melissa lives on the East Coast with her husband, two teenagers, two albino rats, and a bearded dragon, and enjoys acting in community theater and participating in Scottish and English Country Dancing.