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Joined: Mar 15, 2016
Consultant Mollie Wollin
Per a friend's recommendation, I engaged Mollie Wollin to assist with my business school applications. As a publicist by trade, my greatest challenge was implementing the appropriate writing style and tone for my first choice school's essays (a straightforward "goals" essay with a fairly tight word count limit as well as an optional essay). Fighting the temptation to lead with a pitchy hook and pepper my essays with flowery prose, Mollie helped me understand that a direct and confident approach was the best way for me to appeal to the admissions committee, especially given the word count limit. This was not an easy process for me - and Mollie knew this - but I'm so very glad that she pushed me out of my comfort zone. One thing to be aware of is that Mollie focused mostly on content and did not pore over my application with a fine-toothed comb to catch grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. This could possibly be because I self-edit and adhere to a style guide for my job, so this may be different for Mollie's ESL clients or clients who are not used to writing for a public audience. Mollie's experience on an admissions committee proved invaluable after she and I conducted a mock interview. After the mock interview, she pointed out elements that would pique my interviewer's interest - things I would not have flagged as interesting myself - and helped me come up with a plan to weave those elements into my real interview. Two days after my interview, I received an acceptance phone call from my first choice school. I also received an 80% scholarship. After my interview, I learned that my nontraditional yet interesting background alone was enough for the school to extend an interview invitation, yet I am confident that my essays and the interview experience are what turned the interview invite into the admit and hefty scholarship.