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

Middlebury Grad: Admissions Essays Expert

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Introduction: 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 interview the student, riddling them with questions about their lives to reveal captivating stories that encapsulate their character traits, 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 a few sessions, we end with a powerful, polished personal statement 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. Notable acceptances from last year and this year to date include Yale (6.5% acceptance), Brown (7.7%), Cornell (10.7%), NYU Shanghai (7%), UCLA (14.6%), and many more! 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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Sveta M.
2 weeks ago
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My son had completed two essays before he met with Rob, but he wasn’t quite happy with the result. After just one consultation with Rob he felt like his essays had improved significantly. Rob was interviewing my son and helping him put his thoughts “on paper”. He was very efficient and fun to work with. Rob’s creativity and talent make the whole difference! I feel like not only the current essays are better, but my son is a bit better writer than he was just a few sessions ago. We are lucky to find Rob!

Details: Writing essays • High school Junior • Once a week • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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T C.
Dec 20, 2022
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Rob knew exactly what my son needed. My son was accepted to Yale! Our family were amazed by his great ability to make us successful. He make your essays, personal and very impressive. You will never be disappointed at him. So we strongly recommend him and would use him again in the future.

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

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Mei L.
Nov 20, 2022
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We contacted Rob to assist my son in writing his essays for Brown, Harvard, and other competitive schools. My son has experience writing fiction and had written essays that we were fairly happy with, but after seeing the results from his first session with Rob, we immediately signed up for four more hours the next day. Rob was able to help my son improve all of his essays immensely a few days before the deadline. They were so clear, powerful, and moving by the end of their time together! We recruited Rob to help with the rest of my son’s regular decision essays. I recommend Rob highly!

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

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Peter B.
Oct 7, 2022
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Rob cared about the process for my applications to Grad School and truthfully took the time to take me step by step. 10/10 would recommend!

Details: Writing essays • Completing applications • High school graduate • Once a week • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

College Admissions Counseling
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Alexandra C.
Sep 21, 2022
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Loved working with Rob on my transfer application essays! He was extremely helpful and easy to work with. I definitely couldn’t have done it without him!

Details: Writing essays • Completing applications • High school graduate • More than once a week • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc.

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