Consultant Profile: Sadie Polen

In my work in higher education, I ran highly selective political and public service summer programs, managing selection, and application processes, and reviewing over 1,000 applications a year. Through these programs, I worked with hundreds of partner organizations across the public service and political spectrum, including federal, state, and local government, economic development, journalism, elected officials, law, civic tech, and NGOs, and with students who have gone on to graduate programs in law, business, health, government and education, and PhD programs. Through my work at Harvard, I reviewed applications in tandem with partner organizations to make selection decisions. I am highly experienced with the nuances of application processes, what makes an application stand out, and what may be important to different institutions.

My coaching style centers on understanding and effectively communicating your story through your application - from determining where you want to apply and why, to helping you to impactfully tell your stories so you get there. I am collaborative, strategic, and process-oriented - from brainstorming to outlining, drafting, re-drafting, and editing. Writing and editing is an iterative process, and it’s important that my clients feel comfortable trying new things and making “mistakes” along the way. The best results often come from unexpected places, and this process allows us to work together to get those results - and to get you Accepted!

My undergraduate work at the University of California - Davis was in the field of community development, and my graduate work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education centered on the intersection of community and education and how those two forces interact to make each other stronger. I also have a diversity, equity, and inclusion certificate from Cornell University. I view my work at Accepted in the same collaborative and inclusive way - working with clients to get the best possible results. 

I love learning, and the process of applying to graduate school is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on who you are, what makes you a unique applicant, and what your goals are. The experience of working together through the application process can continue to benefit you in and beyond graduate school. I’m excited to be part of that process with you!