A native of Santa Barbara, California, Cassie Nichols earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Princeton University. At Princeton, she was an NCAA All-American and Academic All-American athlete, as well as captain of the Princeton women’s water polo team.
After graduating from Princeton in 2002, Cassie settled in New Haven, Connecticut and conducted educational research at Yale University. Cassie later accepted a faculty position at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, where she taught American and World Literature, as well as the college essay, to high school juniors and seniors.
Cassie returned to Santa Barbara in 2006 to earn a Masters of Arts degree in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, Cassie taught college freshman composition courses for UCSB’s Writing Program and conducted extensive research on the teaching of writing and literature. She also supervised and facilitated UCSB’s student teachers as they prepared their Masters of Education theses.
Cassie founded College Specific in response to the need for guidance and reassurance on the college admissions process, and to help students create a clear and sustainable path to the college of their choice. In addition to providing individual guidance to families, Cassie publishes articles and conducts college admissions workshops and presentations. She is also the author of the popular book, The College Essay Trap, which helps students avoid the most common pitfalls of the college application essay.