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Brian Nanos: Essay Specialist

Hello from Massachusetts! My name is Brian Nanos and I’m an Essay Specialist with Insight. Originally from New Jersey, I bounced around the country before my wife and I settled in the suburbs of Boston. We live there now with our two kids. 

I graduated from Trinity College with a degree in English with a focus in creative writing. I went on to Northwestern University and earned my Masters Degree in Journalism with a focus in newswriting and reporting. 

This is my first year as an Essay Specialist with Insight. In my previous career as a newspaper reporter and editor, I covered hearings on Capitol Hill, but also school committee meetings and bake sales in suburban Boston. I wrote hard-hitting news stories and lengthy features, but also designed the layout of the paper and edited submissions for clarity and grammar.

After a hiatus as a stay-at-home dad, I’m excited to use my writing and editing training to help students achieve their education goals. My goal is to help students use their personal statements and essays to express their personalities, strengths and interests in ways that a simple resume can’t capture.   


I currently live on the North Shore of Massachusetts. When I’m not reading and editing college admissions essays, I’m usually at home with my two children. I spend a lot of my time helping them with their remote learning classwork, taking them to the beach and the zoo, and baking them homemade pizzas.

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  • From their knowledge of all the colleges and resources, professionalism and the hands-on coaching, Insight has raised the bar!  

  • Insight counselors truly care about students not only during their time at Insight but further along the road.

  • I am currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University and I can honestly say that without Insight Education, I would not have gotten in.

  • Sarah was a great mentor & worked with our kid in keeping him motivated & focused along the way. She is extremely knowledgeable 

  • I wanted to thank Purvi from the bottom of my heart for guiding both of my kids through the maze of high school education.

  • Our counselor really helped in educating us – the parents – on the process.

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