My 4-Step Editing System
My easy-to-follow system will guide you through the writing process step by step for the best admissions essay. In this proven process, each step builds on the previous one for the smoothest writing experience.
If you prefer to use the system à la carte, my customized editing options work for anyone, from the ambitious sophomore who could use a branding session to narrow down her topic (Steps 1 & 2 aka the Topic Analysis) to the aspiring novelist senior who just needs help proofreading & cutting 500 words (Steps 3 + 4 aka the One-Time Edit). I don't recommend this for struggling writers, because multiple steps may have to be repeated or started from scratch.
In addition to the services outlined below, I will act as both editor and project manager. I will help you set deadlines and send out calendar reminders to keep you organized, so you stay on track.
I can only take on a small number of students each month, so please don't hesitate to reach out to me for pricing.
TOPIC ANALYSIS: Steps 1 + 2
Step 1: Choosing The Topic
This is a crucial starting point not to be overlooked: if your topic does not enhance the rest of your application, it doesn’t matter how beautiful your language is. Luckily, that's where I come in. First, I will interview you to find the unique angle that will help differentiate you. Second, I will study your application to discover what it's missing that should be explained. Third, I will help you brand your application to every school: we will cater each essay to each college and choose the topic strategically for each application.
Step 2: First Draft Outline
Once we decide on your topic, I’ll help you come up with an outline and narrative for your essay, complete with interviews to draw out the most compelling anecdotes and quotes that make the essay come to life. We will also brainstorm opening and closing hooks, as these are the most important for leaving a lasting impression with admissions officers.
ONE-TIME EDIT: Steps 3 + 4
Step 3: First Revision
This is where we’ll focus on refining the language, drawing out the most vivid storytelling, and making sure you have a riveting narrative arc while still impressing the admissions team with unique characteristics that help you stand out. This is also where we see the outline come alive, so this step may need to be repeated depending on how successful the revisions are.
Step 4: Final Proofreading
The final step in any essay: correcting for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and what even the best writers struggle with—word count.
Many students make the mistake of assuming these 150-350 word short essay can be dashed off quickly. However, these short essays are still a key to showing your personality and standing out. Submitting a super polished personal statement with a careless short answer is a big red flag. Though short, these supplemental essays should be strategized per college and treated with the same diligence, proofreading, and savvy as your personal statement.