Personal statements are an increasingly important part of the graduate admissions process. They provide a way for admissions committees to get to know you as an individual and evaluate the diversity you will bring to their campus. To gain acceptance to competitive programs, you can’t rely on good grades and test scores alone. Conversely, if your grades or test scores aren’t what you’d like them to be, a well-written application essay can really make the difference. It sets you apart from the multitude as well as demonstrates your ability to think critically and communicate clearly. The best personal statements are well-crafted narratives linking your past experiences to your current desires and future goals.
In addition to personal statements, I can also assist with secondary essays, diversity statements, letters of recommendation, and other supplemental application materials for the following:
• Law School
• Business School
• Medical/Dental/Veterinary School
• Master’s or Ph.D. Programs
• Certificate or Credential Programs
• Scholarships and Fellowships
To me, real life is stranger and more fascinating than anything we could ever make up. I believe everyone has a unique and powerful story to tell! In graduate school, I specialized in Creative Nonfiction Writing, which is the use of fictional techniques to tell true stories. I use these techniques as a journalist and can employ them to help you turn your life experience into a compelling personal essay or memoir that will grip audiences and resonate with meaning.
I can also help you write a distinctive bio of yourself or your business, a head-turning online dating profile, a letter to get your bid noticed in the competitive real estate market, and other forms of personal correspondence.
There’s a wide body of research emerging that journaling and other forms of personal written expression can have a beneficial impact on our emotional and even physical health. Journaling can serve as a way to process experience, heal past trauma, improve relationships, develop your intuition, discover your true feelings, and even maximize your business efficiency. And it’s a whole lot cheaper than therapy!
I’ve written in my journal nearly every day for the past two decades and find it to be an indispensable tool and companion. Currently, I’m training with the Therapeutic Writing Institute to become a Certified Journal Facilitator who teaches JOURNAL TO THE SELF® Workshops. Stay tuned for workshop information coming soon!