Justin Scott is one of ESM’s longest-tenured mentors, working regularly with students across the globe in test prep and college advising capacities since September 2014. He has spent thousands of hours tutoring the SAT and ACT and has developed long-lasting relationships with his students as he guides them through some of the biggest tests, essays, and decisions of their lives. Justin’s students have matriculated to universities including Yale, Stanford, Cornell, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Berkeley, and NYU, among many others.
After advising hundreds of students through the college admissions process, Justin has a keen eye for detail and a thorough awareness of the language that specific colleges want to hear. Long before the college application process begins, he actively hones his students’ writing skills, coaching them on a variety of projects including the IB Extended and Theory of Knowledge essays and various AP FRQ and DBQs. By the time they start writing their admissions essays, they have already grown significantly as writers and storytellers.
Justin completed his Master of Arts at Yale University, where he worked as a TA and advisor to undergraduates as he explored the down-market implications of a 2010 fuel subsidy change in Nigeria, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, where he won the 2010 Africa Prize for his thesis modeling future climate scenarios and predicting their impact on rural minorities' food security in Ethiopia. He has written on climate for the Los Angeles Review of Books, on test prep for ESM’s blog, and on global musical culture for a variety of online music publications. After working for ESM in Los Angeles, New York, and London, Justin now resides in the Bay Area with his wife and French Bulldog. In his spare time, you can find him producing electronic music, playing basketball, and drinking a little too much La Croix.