College Essay and Scholarship Services

About Us


Cara Pestorius is the founder of Open Door Advisory. She holds a BS and MBA in business. Her passions for writing and teaching led her to launch Open Door Advisory.

Pestorius enjoys working with teens, and loves to help them open doors. After successfully running college essay writing seminars, Pestorius added the scholarship advisory to her menu of services. The two services combined are crucial elements in the college application process.

Pestorius has taught in a range of classrooms: from college (University of Cincinnati) to private (Pingry) to public (Bridgewater-Raritan and Somerset County Vocational.)  A professional writer, Pestorius writes the standardized PARCC test, blogs, and has been published in national newspapers and magazines.