Graduate school admissions essays, like graduate schools themselves, come in all shapes and sizes. They do not simply ask applicants to tell them a little something about themselves the way that undergraduate admissions essays prompts often do. PhD programs are interested in your accomplishments thus far in your chosen field and in your prior knowledge. Business schools and law schools want to get to know their applicant as people and want a sense of their career visions. Schools of public policy want to know precisely how and why you hope to change the world. No matter what, every graduate school — from the hardest of the sciences to the most creative of the arts — value good writing, compelling ideas, and a clear sense of self in their applicants.
Many graduate school applicants have excelled in their undergraduate or professional fields but have grown far removed from those basic lessons that their high school English teachers taught them. The best essays are those that revive those lessons and attach the fundamental principles of good prose — clarity, simplicity, candor, logic — to the bold ambition that inspires applications to the top professional and academic graduate schools. Unlike undergraduate applicants, applicants to graduate school bring a wealth of experience and countless ideas to the application process. At the same time, that crucial question of “Why do you want to go to this school?” often seems to obvious in applicants’ minds that they can hardly articulate the answers. Application Boot Camp’s® senior counselors have a long, successful track record of helping applicants sort through these challenges to produce honest, eloquent, compelling essays that reflect their ambitions and complement their achievements.
In accord with Application Boot Camp’s® proven strategies, the counselors will discuss potential topics, draw out the most compelling angles, and guide students through the writing process. At each step, they will offer candid feedback to make students’ writing clear and concise and their ideas fresh, personal, and unique. And they will provide motivation and set deadlines to combat writer’s block, which so often undermines students’ applications.
While the average writing tutor will cross out a few words with and make some vague suggestions, our senior counselors will take you into the heart of the writing process and come up with an exceptional, genuine final draft. The result is a much faster return on your time-not to mention a much more enjoyable writing experience and a stronger application! And because they are accustomed to tutoring students over the phone and reviewing drafts by email, they can work with our students from anywhere, at any time.
The Application Boot Camp® Graduate School Essay Package Includes:
- Five hours of consultation with a senior counselor. That time includes any combination of detailed written responses (via “track changes” and inserted comments) to emailed drafts or phone time to discuss ideas and read through drafts.
- A copy of Application Boot Camps’® essay guidelines. These documents outline some of the basics components of good application essays and will give you a head-start on your work with your counselor.
- An email synopsis of every phone consultation. Students can use these synopses to know how drafts should evolve.
- Consult with your counselor on as many essays as you like in the allotted time. Some essays may need only proofreading while others need to be coaxed from a blank page-they will help with both and everything in between!
Testimonials for Graduate School Essay Guidance:
“K.risten’s experience in the Harvard grad school admissions office was a huge help as I completed my applications. Her statement of purpose strategy and advice helped me better understand what can be a very confusing process! I would definitely recommend Kristen for her thoughtfulness and her amazing guidance.”
— E. D., 2012
“Thank you for recommending M.. He is absolutely outstanding and a terrific asset to your team. I would recommend him to anyone without reservation. I was somewhat skeptical at first since the communication between M. and J. has been entirely via the Internet. However, M. exceeded any of my expectations for responsiveness, creativity and providing practical recommendations. One of more significant results is that with M’s advice J. has become more confident and the quality of his essays have improved considerably.”
— P. S. (Father)
“Thanks to M. and M., my GRE scores and essays for the application to the Harvard Graduate School of Education were enhanced quite a bit. Their expertise and input have been invaluable throughout the process and it has been a true pleasure to work with these remarkable guys. You have an outstanding team!”
— T. T. (Student)
“I’m over the moon!!! Thank you so much with the SOP and application writing! The SOP definitely made a BIG difference when it came to the admissions decision with my undergrad GPA being very low. I am super happy that there was a mutual fit with Harvard Graduate School of Education.”
— T. (Student)