Writing graduate school personal statements and statements of purpose can be daunting tasks. The same goes for scholarship essays! I will work with you in one-on-one writing consultations to understand the requirements of these writing-based application elements and to help you craft meaningful pieces of writing that accurately reflect your passions and your professional potential.
I offer a complimentary, half-hour, Zoom-based meeting to get to know a potential client and to review some basics associated with writing graduate school personal statements and statements of purpose. After this initial consultation, I will draw up a timeline for our meetings and for the drafting process.
After the initial consultation, I will work directly with the client, in one-on-one writing consultations, to address the specifics of each school's requirements for personal statements, for statements of purpose, or for other scholarship essay requirements. Meetings are in hour-long increments via Zoom. Between meetings, clients will work on their drafts and implement suggested changes that were discussed in our prior meetings.
Please refer to the FAQs below for answers to commonly-asked questions.
My fees are paid hourly for the two tasks associated with working with clients: Pre-Reading/Reviewing and One-on-One Consultation meetings. During the Intro Consultation, my rates will be discussed with the client. Please note, equity-based fee reductions or scholarships are available for members of the community who genuinely cannot afford my standard rates.
For inquiries, please email me at email@example.com to discuss further.
I work with writers at all levels and ages who are applying to programs that require an application essay, a statement of purpose, or a personal statement. This includes, but is not limited to, high school students applying to college, college students applying to graduate school, college students applying for scholarships, and graduate students applying for internships or scholarships. Because my work with clients is relationship-based, it is centered around a "slow, steady wins the race" approach.
The optimal timeframe for each client is different. The suggested timeframe for meeting with me for a personal statement or statement of purpose is a minimum of a 2-3 month advance window prior to the application deadline. I do not work with non-established clients on last-minute pieces of writing (i.e. deadlines less than two weeks away).
Yes. I can help you with your scholarship essay. The suggested timeframe for meeting with me for a scholarship essay is a minimum of a one-month advance window prior to the application deadline. I do not work with non-established clients on last-minute pieces of writing (i.e. deadlines less than two weeks away).
Yes. I can help you with your professional internship essay(s). The suggested timeframe for meeting with me for a professional internship essay is a minimum of a 2-3 month advance window prior to the application deadline. I do not work with non-established clients on last-minute pieces of writing (i.e. deadlines less than two weeks away).
No. I only assist clients with the writing-based portions of their applications.
Yes. I provide comprehensive feedback to clients on grammar, punctuation, and content-specific needs for each piece of writing. Throughout the process, clients will better understand grammar and punctuation concepts, through mini-lessons, for overall writing improvement.
Yes. I have 18 years of English and ESL teaching and tutoring experience at the college and university level, and I also tutor clients in English, in ESL, and in writing across the curriculum.
My primary focus is college students applying to graduate schools or for scholarships, but I will work with a client of any age assuming the client is focused on his, her, or their personal success. For private tutoring in English, ESL, or writing across the curriculum, I will work with students in grade 9 or above.
Absolutely not! My work with clients is relationship-based and focused on the client developing agency and writing capacity within himself, herself, or themselves. My clients are successful because they put in the effort to learn and deliver based on their own unique goals and a more finely-tuned approach to writing these unique types of essays and statements.
No. College applications, graduate school applications, and scholarship applications are all multi-faceted and involve other student-specific and academic-based elements like GPA, test scores, extracurriculars, and letters of recommendation. I only assist clients with the writing-based portions of applications like statements of purpose, personal statements, and other application-based essays. The work my clients put in to improving their own writing processes, to refining how they present themselves in those pieces of writing, and to the other elements of their applications, are the primary determinants of their successes.
As an educator, I am very aware of barriers to equity within higher education. My personal and professional goals with my clients are centered around empowering them in their writing through their application essays or statements. As a facet of my commitment to equity in my work, I offer a sliding fee scale for my services, and I am also willing to assist clients for no fee in some instances. Please message me to inquire further into scholarship opportunities. All my work is imbued with a focus on inclusion, antiracism, and antibigotry. Clients can expect respect for diversity in all of our interactions.
Yes. I will work with clients on high-stakes academic writing like dissertations, theses, and articles for publication, and I will work with clients on other types of writing, but the process will take different timelines depending on the client's needs. I do not act as a subject-matter expert in any field other than writing, but I have experience assisting clients in science- and engineering-based writing. Ultimately, each client will better understand the writing process as a result of our work together, which will include mini-lessons on grammar, punctuation, organization, flow, and other content-specific feedback. I do not solely edit or proofread any piece of writing and return it to the client because I am focused on the client learning to improve his, her, or their writing skills.
With 18 years of experience in higher education as a tutor, mentor, instructor, and academic administrator, I have spent my career helping student writers achieve their rhetorical goals.
I started out as an international student tutor-mentor at San Diego State University while I was working on my B.A. in English. There, I tutored ESL to international graduate students and acted as a cultural ambassador and mentor to assist my tutees as they adapted to life in America. I later went on to achieve a Master's degree in English from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where I co-directed the WSU Writing Center and was a GTA teaching composition and service learning courses. I have spent my career as a college and university instructor teaching composition, communications, and literature courses, and I have offered countless academic success skills seminars and workshops on writing and critical thinking topics. Additionally, I have been in academic administrative roles for the last ten years, including as the Director of The Writing Center at University of Detroit Mercy and in an adjunct faculty capacity coordinating professional development for tutoring and supplemental instruction staff at Oakland Community College's Academic Support Center in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Over the years, I have sub-specialized in assisting students with application essays, personal statements, and statements of purpose. Students I have assisted have been accepted to the following:
Let's work together to achieve your personal and professional goals as you craft these unique pieces of writing. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a 30-minute, free consultation.
I currently reside in the Metro Detroit area.
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