We’re just going to post some comments we received from a BSer last season:
Man EssaySnark, you are brutal. But I needed it and absolutely helpful. I actually thought I had OK drafts going into this process, but I get why the drafts are actually pretty weak:
- The stories I chose don’t make me seem like an all-star; at best, they might show I’ve added value in my role. It doesn’t differentiate me from my peers.
- I get too bogged down in the details
- Don’t do a great job of answering the question
- They’re boring — I don’t show much of a personality
Funny — this is stuff you mention in your strategy guides, but I guess I needed this feedback for it to really resonate with me.
We do our best in those essay guides to give detailed and actionable advice on how to approach your essays – however, reading about what makes for a good essay can be fairly abstract. Getting direct feedback on where you went wrong on YOUR essay can be invaluable. Not necessary, but invaluable.
And for those of you worried about us being “brutal” we offer this.