Consultant Profile: Rebecca Lippman
The confidence that I’ve developed as a writing consultant, in knowing that I can connect emotionally with individuals and encourage a positive approach towards written communication, has transformed my own work as both a writer and a teacher. More often than not, I find that my role as a writing consultant is also one of mentorship, and that is where I truly find my stride. I greatly enjoy helping individuals articulate and achieve their goals.
During my four years as a Student Affairs Advisor at the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center, individuals who worked directly with me reported $340,000 in successful scholarships, fellowships, and research grants. I consulted on several large grant applications for graduate studies, including Fulbright, Ford, Soros, Stanford Knight-Hennessey Scholars, Cambridge Gates Trust and the National Science Foundation. I supported individuals with international backgrounds through the process of writing research statements regarding a range of topics, including electrical engineering, medical applications for machine learning, efficiency practices in the energy sector, and the study of neural networks. Though these topics are far from my own area of expertise, which is Latin American literature, some of the most complex and successful teaching experiences of my career have occurred in these contexts. I counseled many individuals about navigating identity-based opportunities such as Ford, Soros, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and I have a nuanced understanding of how difficult it can be to compose these types of personal statements.
Throughout my time in graduate school at the University of Cambridge and at UCLA, I have adopted a process-oriented approach to brainstorming, re-drafting, and editing my way towards a dissertation. Whether as a teaching assistant, grant writer for my own research, content contributor for educational start-ups, or as a mentor, I find that I prefer the editorial phase of any writing project. The act of taking a step back as an editor puts me in the best possible position to identify clear arguments and generate meaningful stories. Though many of clients are not writing strictly academic texts, when it comes to personal and research statements, writers are always in the process of composing an argument of some kind. To support that process I supplement my suggestions with sentence templates, examples, and detailed descriptions of writing techniques.
My mentorship style centers on conversation and dialogue. I want individuals to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, repeating themselves, making errors, and developing an “argument in progress.”
At heart, I find joy in listening to people articulate complex perceptions of personal fulfillment. In our daily lives we rarely get the opportunity to take a snapshot of the future that would make us feel most fulfilled. For me, the act of guiding people through the process of writing proposals, research statements, and personal essays about the fulfillment they envision for themselves is a powerful exercise in communication. Making note of one’s progress and imagining oneself forwards the act of writing both for oneself and for an audience. I look forward to being in dialogue with you!