Middlebury Grad: Admissions Essays Expert
Middlebury Grad: Admissions Essays Expert

Middlebury Grad: Admissions Essays Expert

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Introduction: Colleges already have a student's grades and resume. The personal statement represents an opportunity to transport an admissions officer into the world of the student so they can see what the student sees, think what the student thinks, and feel what the student feels. Admissions officers already know from their grades and test scores what students can accomplish— with the personal statement, they want to know what makes a student tick. All too many students make the mistake of submitting a reformatting of their resume for their essay. Listing their accolades, a student does nothing to demonstrate what drives them, how they will utilize a college's resources, and how they seek to impact the world in the future. In my process, the student and I join a shared Google doc and I fly out of the gates badgering them with questions about their lives to reveal captivating stories that encapsulate their personalities, experiences, passions, and values. Whether the student I'm working with is a racecar driver, a refugee on an H-4 visa, a volleyball fanatic, a film critic, or a precocious biomedical engineer, I always get the student to tell me every detail from a rich moment in their life that serves to demonstrate what they value, how they look at the world, and how they have used their experiences and resources to grow. Then, I edit the document with the student, quickly eliminating redundancies, instances of passive voice, grammatical errors, and vagaries. Usually, within two hours, we end with a powerful, polished essay having started from scratch! Supplemental essays offer a similar opportunity for students to share rich details from their lives to demonstrate their passions, worldviews, experiences, and pieces of wisdom. I help students brainstorm, write, and edit every essay which they have to submit in their applications, all with the emphasis of bringing out their personal voice, true stories, and character traits. Please reach out so I can share past essays and tell you even more about my process and how I help students every step of the way! Rob Shaw Founder, Fathom Academics
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Serves Malden, MA

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Max R.
Nov 24, 2021
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Rob promptly responded to our inquiry for a writing tutor. Our son, a high school senior, has written drafts after drafts for his college essays. We were on a short timeline, and Rob accurately screened for our son's needs, and confidently informed us that he was able to work with him within the timeframe. Wow, we were blown away by his engagement method! Our son said "Rob was really helpful and easy to talk to; and I felt relieved after he coached me through the edits." We do plan on continuing with retaining his service for other supplemental essays.

Details: Writing essays • High school Senior • Cadence recommended by professional • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

Middlebury Grad: Admissions Essays Expert's reply
Thank you so much, Max! It was my pleasure to working with your son! I'm looking forward to continuing with him.
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Vikas J.
Nov 8, 2021
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Rob is highly professional and result oriented. His guidance has definitely made a huge difference in the learning and preparing well for college!!

Details: Writing essays • High school Senior • Cadence recommended by professional • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Mon G.
Sep 27, 2021
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Rob has been helping my son with his college essays. We have had a few sessions and my son has really enjoyed and editing his college essays to refine them. We plan to continue working with Rob for my sons supplemental essays as well.

Details: Writing essays • High school Senior • More than once a week • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Katrien M.
Nov 11, 2021
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Great college essay and overall positive learning experience for my daughter!

Details: Writing essays • High school Senior • Once a week • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Danielle E.
Oct 28, 2021
Rob has been amazing to work with! He has helped us every step of the way in the college application process. From filling out applications to essays. I don't know what we would have done without his help. If you are looking for a professional, valuable, reliable and proficient tutor or guide to help you through the college application process, He is the one!
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I offer 10% off of my rates for packages of 10 hours.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The student and I brainstorm events from the student's life to outline an anecdotal story that demonstrates the student's best characteristics. Then we edit the language to make sure it is clear and powerful and transports the reader into the experience of the student.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been college counseling since I started my independent tutoring and college counseling business five years ago. Every single student I have worked with has gotten into one of their sought-after schools.

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