Rachel Toor is the author of five books of nonfiction and a young adult novel. She has been an editor of scholarly books, a college admissions officer, a high school cross country coach, a college counselor, an SAT, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT, and GRE prep class teacher, a freelance writer, and the devoted companion of an assortment of pets. A long-time columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the author most recently of Write Your Way In: Crafting An Unforgettable College Admissions Essay, she is now working on a book of advice for recent college grads on applying for jobs which will be published by the University of Chicago Press. She is a professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, where she lives with husband Toby and her Mensa-smart dog Helen.