Graduate School Application Essays
Most U.S. graduate schools seek students who not only
have excellent grades and test scores (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc.), but also have unique experiences and perspectives to bring to the classroom.
In addition, admissions committees look for
candidates with clear career goals and specific interests, along with a strong
motivation to succeed.
In editing graduate school application essays, I help
students present themselves as thoughtful individuals
with unique perspectives and enthusiasm for the profession. Application essays should also demonstrate the
student's ability to think analytically. In editing essays, I suggest ways to improve the essay.
I pose questions that can help clarify, such as, How
exactly did you help your company double its profits? or, Besides
"helping people," what else draws you to medicine? or, How
have your experiences led you to this graduate program? My aim is to help students weave their experiences, goals, and
achievements into engaging essays. I read the essay, word for word, and:
Correct errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word
Suggest changes in structure and content (if necessary)
Point out "holes" in
Turn passive verbs into powerful verbs
Delete redundancies and jargon
Underline incomprehensible sentence (if any) that need rewriting
I also edit résumés since,
very often, admissions committee members look at this first to gain an
overview of applicants. I also like to review résumés to ensure
that applicants' experiences dovetail with their goals.
Application Essay Editing
$40 per one-hour meeting. In individual sessions (in person
or over the phone), I edit essays and explore employment and educational
experiences to help applicants sharpen their essays.
Students must carefully review all changes and suggestions because during the editing
process, the meaning can be inadvertently changed. See full Disclaimer.
Clear writing is critical to your academic success!
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