If you are, then you’re probably not going to take your car into the shop for repairs. You’re going to do it yourself.
Are you an expert essay-writer?
If you are, then you’re not going to come to EssaySnark for help on writing your essays. You’re going to do it yourself.
When you take your car into the shop, do you argue with your mechanic on what’s wrong with it and what should be done to fix it?
If not, then why do you argue with EssaySnark?
You: “Really? It doesn’t seem like it’s coming from the motor.”
Mechanic: “Yeah, but that’s what it is. Motor mount. See it all the time.”
You: “But that clunking I hear whenever I take off from a stop, I think that must be something loose in the trunk. Or maybe it’s coming from underneath the car.”
Mechanic: “Broken motor mount sounds like that sometimes.”
You: “Hmm. Never heard of a broken motor mount before.”
Mechanic: “Yeah, it’s pretty common.”
You: “That’s weird. Are you sure? I really think it’s coming from the trunk. Or maybe the back seat. Don’t you think you should do another test drive?”
Mechanic: “Unless you have a dead body in your trunk, then trust me, it’s your motor mount.”
You (in suspicious voice): “Hmm. Motor mount. I guess that’s a pretty expensive thing to fix, eh?”
Mechanic: “More and more expensive all the time.”
Very frequently, we give people a round of feedback – say, on their outlines. And then a couple days later, they send in their drafts. And those drafts have the same issues that we already pointed out.
Talk about frustrating.
Why are you soliciting our advice on your work if you’re not going to take it?
Sure, sometimes you TRIED to take it, but this writing-essays thing is a little bit slippery, and it’s hard to figure out exactly how to fix the issues we’re pointing to. We respect that. It’s a process, and probably nobody has critiqued your writing before. Certainly not the way we’re critiquing it, and not the type of writing you’re trying to do for your MBA applications.
But sometimes, when we call the BSer out on a repeated issue, saying “We already gave you this feedback” – they reply saying, “Yeah but I did it my way instead anyway.” And they offer some lame-o reason why.
That doesn’t work.
At least, not if you’re looking for our professional opinion on it. In our professional opinion the way you are doing it is not so great. Why are you pushing back on that? Isn’t that what you’ve paid us for? To tell you what’s not working, so you can learn and improve?
Now, we need to be clear: These are YOUR essays. You’re the only one who needs to be happy with them.* Well, you and the adcom. You should always take ownership of what you’re writing and be fully invested in the reasons you’re writing it. You should understand the feedback we’re offering and only adopt it in your essays when you agree with it, and know why you’re doing it that way.
If you have strong feelings on doing it another way, well, go right ahead!! These need to be your end-product. They need to come out of your brain. All we’re doing is providing our opinions. Essay-writing is, to a certain degree, a subjective process. There’s no one “right” way to do it.
But there’s definitely more effective ways, and less so.
And sometimes much less so.
What we are offering up to you is our PROVEN techniques, used by HUNDREDS of former BSers, over the course of a DECADE of doing this. The way we’re coaching you to do things WORKS. We’re not repeating ourselves in how to do it for our own edification.
We only go through the trouble of critiquing your essays because we want you to improve. We get very personally invested in each and every BSer we work with and we truly want you to succeed! We’re not giving you this feedback over and over for our own benefit. We’re doing it for yours.
Whether you choose to benefit from it or not… As they say about horses and water, right?
We do have to point out, though: You’re paying us the (not so) big bucks. (We keep our prices low to make sure that not only the “elite” class can get into bschool.) You clearly want help. By signing up for some essay reviews, you (say you) value our opinion.
Why then are you disregarding the suggestions we’re making for how to improve? Do you have a dead body in the trunk?
They’re your apps, people. But we are only going to say the same thing to you so many times before we give up and write you off.
You can waste your time arguing with your mechanic. We’re not going to waste our time arguing with you.
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*Just a warning: If you see us saying that line to you, it means we’re about to wash our hands of you. We’re saying that “You’re doing it wrong and this is not effective, but you’re not listening to us, and we’re tired of repeating the same thing to you over and over.” If you proceed along the route that you’ve chosen, then you do so at your own risk.