Barry and I get along really well and I felt comfortable talking to him; his feedback felt personalized and very relevant to my [PhD] applications. Barry provided blunt, helpful criticism that helped me dramatically improve my essays. He was honest, but I never felt like he was unnecessarily critical or negative.
I thought the service was wonderful; I have a very restrictive schedule, and I am grateful that Accepted and Barry both accommodated my scheduling needs.
I definitely would [recommend Accepted to friends and colleagues]! And I am SO grateful that the prices are reasonable. Your price-points are pretty much exactly what I would expect to pay for these services.
Dr. Neuman! This is absolutely impressive. I am overly amazed. I cannot be happier today!!!! The tone of my text sounds personal, professional, consequential and so true. Your work is spectacular. Thank you so much in adding that excitement that I felt but could not convey in my text. Now I realize that there is nothing better that having the perspective and skill of a physician added to your work. I say this because I had paid another editing service help me shorten and correct my personal statement. I do not complain much about their work but my text became a bit raw and blunt. I am not that straight forward person and was not 100% sure how good was too sound a bit more romantic. You could read what I wanted and I am so thankful for your great work!
Thank you again and I do wish an amazing thanksgiving week Dr. Neuman. Thank you!!!!
I wanted to offer some thoughts on working with Philippe Barr through the whole process. In summary, Philippe helped me with 3/4 of my essays and a quick resume scan. I applied to Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, and MIT Sloan, and was accepted to three, waitlisted at Stanford.
I'd highly recommend Philippe across the board. Stylistically, he was exactly what I was looking for. In email communication and when I had a few follow up questions, he was very kind and personable. But, as I had hoped, his markups of my essays were not "sugar-coated" at all - he provided very direct and honest feedback. For some, this may be uncomfortable, but for me it was exactly what I needed - it helped me trust his comments and really reassess my approach when I needed to. His approach is exactly as mine would be - start with high level themes and then refine specifics/details once the structure feels good. Much more efficient.
Furthermore, in a more nuanced way, Philippe was very low-ego. Often, editors can be very stiff and inflexible - when they give a recommendation they expect it to be taken, and in subsequent versions may have difficulty accepting a rejection of their comment. I never had this problem with Philippe - when I disagreed with his comments, we discussed why, and then moved on to the broader themes of the essay. So, I felt respected as a partner and we always were very efficient.
Lastly, turnaround and response time was incredible.