U.S. University Application Essay Coaching

Role of essays and objectives

Authentic and powerful Common Application essay and university specific supplemental essays often serve as the distinguishing factors among applicants of equal academic standing for entry acceptance to top U.S. universities. It is crucial to bear in mind that the role of the essays is not a narrative about accomplishments and accolades, rather a window into the person and character of the applicant. Hence the thrust of these essays is not what the student has done. It is about who the student is.

7 Key ingredients of a stellar and successful application essay

  • Authenticity – the real you: sincerity and vulnerability

  • Incisiveness – keen relevance to the heart of the essay prompt

  • Reflections – thoughtfulness about the significance of the “take away”

  • Individuality – never emulate, employ personal style and phraseology

  • Balance – major on the protagonist, minor on the backdrop

  • Presentation – don’t simply tell, show with word pictures

  • Prologue – a concise statement of theme or purpose

Steps of our unique and expert services

  1. We explore and identify personal experiences that are significant and pivotal to the student’s character formation and personal development

  2. We frame and craft student’s experience to best-match the selected essay prompt

  3. We review and revise each essay draft, together with the student, for several rounds

  4. We conduct an independent review and fine tuning – performed by a third-party English editor from our team

  5. We do a final approval review and edit, together with the student

Our US admissions consultants

  • Experienced in application essay review and editing

  • Received education in related fields from top U.S. universities

  • Well versed in communication skills

  • Highly familiar with the culture, character, and strength of the individual university, as well as their respective essay assessment criteria

  • Patient, approachable, and caring

An example of an US essay

Here is an example of an US admissions essay:

I wowed my friends by sticking a pencil through a plastic card then magically filling the hole. That was magic - a cheap contraption that did its job…..

The faces of disbelief and applause had lost their appeal. Hearing “how did you make the cards disappear?” no longer brought me the satisfaction it once did. I no longer enjoyed misleading people into a world of made belief. I threw away my birthday present, despondent that every trick I ever learned, witnessed, and became enthralled by was a conceived lie. The pretentious clouds of smoke, suffocating pigeons, and hidden strings in sleeves had became for me a turn off. I became a skeptic, bearing a mindset that carried into my beliefs about justice, love, and visions of personal success...

While life has its occasional moments of magic that bring us unexpected surprises and unforeseen joy, I have come to realise that true and enduring magical moments are the tangible outcomes of challenges overcome, conflicts resolved, deficiencies rectified, and brokenness healed. I can make life’s magic real - with courage, tenacity, and wisdom...


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