Application Essays

College & Grad School Application Essays

With the fierce completion for entry into top universities, how does a student with stellar grades, excellent experience and test scores set him- or herself apart from the pack? By letting your imagination, rich experiences, skills, values and determination shine through in your essays.  While I’m not a magician, I can do magic by polishing your essays… by making them more clear and colorful.

Fee: $80 per 500-word essay

What I need:  Your well-thought-out essay, the essay question(s) and word limits for each essay, the program(s) you’re applying to, and your resume or CV (to get a snapshot of you). (Some students prefer not to send this, and that’s OK too.)

In editing your essays, I make sure your introduction is colorful and catchy and that you tell a good story.  I also check the “mechanics” of your essays:

  • Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, & word use
  • Polish & streamline (shorten) sentences
  • Insert more precise, colorful vocabulary
  • Turn passive verbs into “actives”
  • Untangle confusing sentences and paragraphs
  • Shorten run-on sentences
  • Delete redundancies
  • Insert questions & suggestions to help you clarify concepts
  • Correct in-text citations using style guides (APA, MLA, Turabian/Chicago, CSE)
  • Check quotes, name spelling or facts that seem incorrect
  • Check for consistencies in spellings and style throughout a paper
  • Where to add transitions
  • Language bias (age, cultural, gender, racial, religious, etc.)