I ask them, again and again, what they really mean. I show them how good writing works (the million different ways), and also how to distill from their life something actually interesting. And you feel it if you read that same essay 17 times (as I often do). It's a far cry from Photoshopping their faces onto polo sticks.NOTE: All students possess differing writing abilities.*This program must be used within 6 months from the date of purchase.
Truth is, this incident of bribery is reflective of a different problem, that has so many faces: why focus on elite schools? The entire admissions process goes best for those who enter with an open mind, not a fixed or pinched one.
It is most meaningful, and has the most integrity, for those who approach the writing and application in general with a sense that the world is big and life contains many twists and turns. And we owe them a world that makes that be true — thing’s will be OK, and not just for Wealthy Abigails.
Our counselors are accustomed to tutoring over the phone and reviewing drafts by email.
They can work with students from anywhere in the world, at any time.
I love coming in at this time and helping to vanquish the anxiety around the essay.
To give the student something that lasts beyond actually pressing submit.to be like this, with wealth and privilege being the only winners.As a college essay coach devoted to equity, my business model has to make room for that possibility.Especially for students of color, students without financial access — the world is not clamoring for their voices.The voices of the Abigails and the White Dudes that Run Institutions are still the loudest, or most respected, or the least threatening to the Status Quo.It means at any one time I am working with students who can afford boutique services and those who cannot.For many students, even those who consider themselves writers or "actually" like writing, their college admissions essay is the most invested they have been so far in a single piece. They want it to do all the things it's supposed to do.This produces some awkward conversations about affordability.However, I’ve had a tussle over finances with only one family.And of course, the fact surprising perhaps only to the white people with their head buried in the colonial sand, is that people of color and poor people still have to earn — like, actually earn — their place at the table by working twice if not thrice as hard as everyone else.By living, rather than assuming, their exceptionalism.