We had a funny/not-funny moment a few years back when we got the following note from a BSer in January, once all their Round 2 apps were in:
Hello Essaysnark! long time, no snark! 🙂
I just wanted to thank you for your last round of feedback on my Columbia drafts. They are so much better after working with you. Honestly, I really disliked the process and was frustrated with how long all the steps took me (but that’s on me, your reviews were fast). However, I got the bang for my buck and ended up with much stronger essays than I would have had without your feedback! Plus, working with you was incredibly instructive for how to approach all my other essays. Thank you!
I got Columbia in before the deadline and just submitted an app to Berkeley Haas as well for round 2. I determined it would be a good fit for my personality and also for the technology angle of the startup I have in mind. I would miss a bit of the [redacted] exposure, but really if I end up moving forward with the app, the tech access might even be more important. I was able to re-purpose a lot of my Columbia essays for the second and third Haas essays. Columbia’s work also helped significantly with NYU essay 1. Your recommendation to do Columbia first was definitely right on!!!!!
I’m submitting Stern and UCLA Anderson next week and then I wait! (And study your interview guide obsessively.)
Thanks again for your help.
Well, because this BSer had just prior to that left a 3-star review here on the site. Yet the note did not sound like it was a 3-star service that had worked so well for them.
We talked about getting feedback recently.
Today’s post is a bit of a #humblebrag, admittedly, yet it’s also to remind any of you in the throes of essay revision h3ll that YES we are on your side, even if it may not seem like it based on how much pushback we’re giving you on your drafts!
And YES this process is worth it if you keep plugging away, and don’t let the emotions get the best of you!
It’s never easy when someone seems to be saying that your baby is ugly.
But in the context of essay writing, it’s how you get better.
Footnote: The BSer who left the mediocre review and followed up with the note separately did in fact make it in to a top choice school!
So again… the process works.