Dr. Barry Rothman was a terrific guide and mentor throughout my postbac application process. He pushed me to dig deeper and be more vulnerable with my personal statements, resulting in a much more compelling set of essays. After spending some time working on his writing prompts — some standard, some tailored to my specific scenario — we had a brief discussion to identify the most engaging parts of my story, and I was off to write. I found the process both enjoyable and challenging (but never overwhelming!), and Dr. Rothman was a great cheerleader and ally. By the time I was done with the process, I had a much better understanding of why I wanted to be a doctor in the first place and was able to articulate that motivation during my interviews.
It is a considerable expense to hire a coach to help through the application process, and in this case I found it was well worth it. My work with Dr. Rothman provided peace of mind that I was presenting my most authentic self as well as an extra degree of polish that made my application stand out. I recommend him!
- Accepted to Accepted to Bryn Mawr and Goucher
It was an honor working with Alicia! I worked with Alicia from the very beginning of the application process and she helped with every aspect of it. After discussing my strengths and weaknesses, Alicia realized what the best strategy was for me. She helped me write an extremely strong personal statement, which highlighted all of my strengths. She brought to light so many strengths I should emphasize that I didn't even realize I had. She had a unique perspective and approach that I couldn't have come up with on my own! I completely threw out my previous personal statement and created a new one because Alicia knew all of the right questions to ask!
Alicia helped me to polish my experiences and activities. She also helped me to perfect my interview skills! She gave me consistent and timely feedback. I always felt like Alicia was genuinely concerned with helping guide me throughout the entire application process, interview, and eventual ACCEPTANCE! I highly recommend Alicia.
-Matt Accepted PA Student
I am at a loss for words when I think of how I might describe how much of an impact Karin Ash has had on my being admitted to my dream program, Cornell University's MEng in Computer Science. With my undergraduate degree in a social science from a public state school, the odds of my getting into Cornell's CS MEng program (ranked 6th in the country) were very low. Thanks to Karin's amazing consulting, I was able to submit 2 very strong applications to Cornell's main campus MEng program and Cornell's NYC campus (Cornell Tech) MEng program and I was ultimately admitted to both!
I will note that, for the application season, I did an exhaustive consultant search, considering over a dozen firms and at least 50 consultants, with the intention of hiring the best of the best. I ended up hiring two different consultants from two different firms (in order to benefit from both of their perspectives). Both consultants (including Karin) were highly experienced (having adcom experience from top schools) and from top consulting firms. This testimony will highlight the areas in which Karin has outperformed in comparison to the other consultant.
Among the many enormous benefits that I have gained from Karin, perhaps the most valuable has been her ability to connect with me, understand my unique experiences/challenges, and help me best frame my story of both overcoming adversity and discovering my passion for computer science. Her admissions committee experience at Cornell gives her an authoritative ability and vision into how to craft an essay that inspires the reader to recognize my intellectual potential at their school, addresses any/all concerns the reader could have, and hits home on every point that an admissions officer from a top program may look for in the essay.
Beyond her exceptional essay advising and editing skills, Karin has vastly exceeded all of my expectations in her ability to provide expert advice including choosing which schools to apply to, how to tailor my application to each program, how to approach my faculty recommenders, how to best reach out to and communicate with Cornell's admissions staff, and how to make the (very difficult decision) of which of my admission offers to accept. For several particularly challenging decisions (including how my fit was for both Cornell programs, and how certain sensitive topics should be addressed in my essay), Karin had--on at least three occasions--gone out of her way to reach out to several of her other distinguished colleagues at Accepted AND reach out to several of her high-ranking contacts at Cornell (including the Director of Admissions at the Cornell's engineering college and the Associate Dean of Cornell Tech) to get me the most comprehensive and well-informed advice possible.
Lastly, I will highlight the general experience I feel that I have had in working with Karin. I purchased two different packages from her, for my applications to both of the Cornell programs. If you are serious about your graduate school applications, ordering one or more package from Karin is an absolute must because Karin fully leverages the freedom granted by the package option to put in as much time as she determines is needed to help me produce the best possible application, no matter how many revisions or emails or calls it takes. Between both packages, I have had 7 calls with her (totaling 4.1 hours), I have received at least 22 essay revisions from her.and we have exchanged hundreds of emails (176 from her). Although the package rate promises a 2-business day turnaround, it has almost always been the case that I would receive her essay revisions the same day within hours (or first thing in the morning at around 7AM). Karin has also, very generously, made herself available during evenings and weekends to accommodate my schedule.
In the realm of graduate admissions consulting, Karin is surely among the most qualified, insightful, motivated, creative, and resourceful that I could ever have hired. She has done everything in her power to help me produce the best applications possible, and I am forever beyond grateful to have been admitted to my dream school, which could not have happened without Karin!