undergraduate and graduate school application essays
Undergraduate applicant essay work begins with a family meeting unless otherwise desired. Subsequent work is done one-on-one with the student in person and through email.
Long-distance clients should fear not! All editing work can easily be done via email and Skype/FaceTime. I've worked with people in California and Louisiana, Washington and Illinois, Guatemala and Europe, and we connected seamlessly.
From initial brainstorming to polishing the last draft, I am happy to start working with students at any point during their essay writing process. It is my goal to foster a relaxed, thoughtful, productive atmosphere of trust in which students express themselves freely, and I learn what academic passions and extracurricular pursuits make them tick.
Most undergraduate and graduate school applications offer multiple opportunities for the student to make the paper personal. From short-answer responses and extracurricular activity descriptions to the primary essay, the written portions of school applications are great ways to make oneself known and engaging. I partner with each student and see myself as a supportive teammate on the road to polished applications that reflect the whole of the unique individual.
Many schools offer applicants the opportunity to interview on campus or with an alumni representative in your home area. It is empowering and helpful to practice answering all manner of potential interview questions in advance of the real thing. I provide students as many mock interview practice sessions as needed to feel confident and ready.
Other Editorial Services
In addition to application essays, I take great pride in helping people craft powerful resumes and cover letters, and in polishing manuscripts of all size and shape. Recently, I assisted an arts and development professional with a complete overhaul of her extensive resume, and had the great fortune to edit a memoir (just published) by a Civil Rights journalist.
Writing has changed and improved my life in countless ways. I believe deeply that any sort of writing, especially if creative and/or personal, is a portal into parts of ourselves that might otherwise remain unknown. Whether telling a college more about who you are as a young adult or a potential boss about why you are the perfect candidate for the job or readers about your fears and hopes and beliefs, you're coming to better understand and know yourself, and that is never a bad thing. To partner with others as they travel these roads is an honor.