Elly Hong


Elly Hong

BA English from Amherst College

  • College Essay
  • Westfield, MA
  • Updated 11 months ago
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • WordPress
  • June 2021 - July 2022
    Literary Editorial Fellow at The Common
    Meet with students to discuss individual projects in high school summer writing intensive. Lecture, guide discussion, and provide daily written feedback on student work. Work one-on-one with fiction writers and essayists to edit pieces for publication Write and edit marketing, publicity, and fundraising copy
  • June 2020 - June 2021
    Thomas E. Wood '61 Fellow at The Common
    Evaluate prose and poetry submissions for acceptance in professional literary magazine. Manage team of five interns and liaise between interns and senior staff
  • June 2019 - June 2020
    Editorial Assistant at The Common
    Draft social media and email marketing copy. Create web postings for literary magazine
  • September 2017 - May 2019
    Reading Mentor at Reader to Reader, Inc.
    Instill reading and critical thinking skills in underprivileged elementary and middle school students. Engage one on one with three mentees every day via online forum, building trust and friendship
  • 2017-2021
    Bachelor of Arts in English at Amherst College
    Cum Laude GPA: 3.80/4.00
  • 2013-2017
    High School Diploma at Harvard-Westlake School
    Cum Laude GPA: 4.48/5.00


I am a cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where I studied English and taught writing in a variety of settings; prior to college, I graduated from Harvard-Westlake School with a 4.48 GPA and scored a 34 on the ACT. I am passionate about helping others learn and would be eager to use my experience to help students navigate the college application process.

I worked for The Common, Amherst’s award-winning literary magazine, for two years as an undergraduate and for an additional year as a postgraduate fellow. Among other administrative and technical responsibilities, I worked one-on-one with authors to edit their essays and fiction for professional publication. Another highlight of this position was teaching at The Common Young Writers Program, a summer writing intensive for high school students. I worked directly with students to edit their writing on everything from major structural changes to individual line edits, paying careful attention to each individual’s strengths and weaknesses as a writer. My role also involved frequent training of new interns, which provided additional opportunities to learn how to convey new information effectively and empathize with the learner’s needs. Before working at The Common, I also tutored for Reader to Reader, Inc. and gained additional teaching and leadership experience as captain of Amherst’s club fencing team.

I am a seasoned writer and editor with extensive tutoring experience.