Our Results Speak for Themselves

Every situation is different. From undergraduate students targeting universities in the U.S. or Canada, to young lawyers looking to get into top LLM programs, to a CEO with her sights set on a post-graduate program at Oxford. The common theme in all situations is the need for a really compelling Personal Statement in perfect English that clearly communicates why the applicant would be a credit to the program they are applying for. Here are just a few cases illustrating the kinds of applicants whom we have helped succeed. So far our success rate is well over 95%. We can help you, too!

Beatriz F. – São Paulo, Brazil

Situation

Beatriz is a lawyer who had been practicing at a São Paulo corporate law firm for several years. She wanted to get into an LLM program in the northeastern U.S. and work there for several years to gain experience, make some money and establish international connections before returning to Brazil.

Beatriz came to us with applications and supporting materials in order and fairly well written, but the narrative she had constructed was convoluted. Beatriz concentrated on her career milestones, academic achievements and grades as opposed to more personal elements. She included her experience teaching poor kids in rural Brazil over the Internet (online classes) almost as a footnote at the end of her Personal Statement.

How we achieved success

In talking with Beatriz, we uncovered more elements from her life—spending 3 months volunteering in a village in a poor area of northeastern Brazil, for instance—which we were able to use to position her as an altruistic, thoughtful person who has aspirations to improve conditions for her fellow Brazilians. It’s a part of herself that she acknowledges, but she had never really ascribed much value to it until then.

Results

Changing Beatriz’s narrative from ‘me-centered’ to ‘us-centered’ got her into Yale, which essentially transformed her life. After completing her LLM at Yale, Beatriz took a position in Mergers & Acquisitions at a top Boston law firm, where she intends to practice until returning to São Paulo in approximately 5 years.

Felipe P. – São Paulo, Brazil

Situation

Felipe was a successful CEO in São Paulo who wanted to get into a post-graduate program in the UK centred on the intersection of philanthropy and business. Felipe ultimately wanted to help improve the skill sets of business development administrators and local businesspeople in smaller Brazilian municipalities as a means of generating wealth and welfare-building capacities.

Felipe’s materials were a mess. His written English was much worse than his spoken English and his narrative was all over the place. Despite his ambition to help municipalities in Brazil, his Personal Statement focused on the tactics of moving his plan forward rather than the philosophy behind it. There was a great deal about Felipe’s career, but virtually no mention of other stakeholders, including struggling businesspeople.

How we achieved success

In discussion with Felipe, we pulled together the motivations behind his ambitious plan. We brought those to the fore in his Personal Statement and quickly summarized his work experience. Then we went into greater detail about the results that he hoped to achieve.

Results

Felipe got into the Oxford program he had targeted. Interestingly enough, our proposal worked as a bit of a starting point for his thinking. He ultimately came up with a second proposal in the context of Latin America, which was to help set up cooperatives to improve worker skill sets.

When Felipe realized that his Oxford colleagues were focused on the world’s problems, it really opened his eyes, broadened his mind and helped him establish important connections. Now he is back in Brazil, executing his plan.

Claudia M. – Monterrey, Mexico

Situation

Claudia was an undergraduate student at Technológico de Monterrey, finishing up a first degree in Biotechnology Engineering. She wanted to apply to specific MSc biotechnology programs in Washington, Rhode Island, and Quebec.

When we first established contact, Claudia did not know much about the application process but was obviously bright and knew exactly what she wanted to do. We agreed to work with her and coached her on the materials needed, which she developed over the course of several months.

Claudia’s Personal Statement was cohesive and centred on a desire to bring prosperity to arid regions of Mexico with a new solar-centric technology. However, her English was quite rough and there was quite a bit of work required on her other materials.

How we achieved success

We helped Claudia to stitch her story into a cohesive whole, polishing her English and playing on her academic success at a young age. We emphasized her laser focus on her end goal: helping create wealth and generate jobs in rural Mexico.

Results

Claudia was accepted at two of the three institutions to which she applied and is currently completing her MSc at her first choice of schools, Brown University.

Alexandre S. – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Situation

Alexandre was a corporate lawyer in Belo Horizonte who wanted to get into a top LLM program and work abroad in corporate law for several years.

When Alexandre got hold of us, his materials were really rough. Some parts were in English, while other parts were in Portuguese. Predictably, the narrative he had constructed was very ‘me-centred’. He essentially said that he wanted to get out of Brazil and become an international star.

How we achieved success

In talking with Alexandre, we discovered that he did in fact have ambitions beyond personal ones and had taken quite a few steps towards realizing them. One of those was working in a government regulatory agency to play a role in making Brazil more of an international player, as the country is seen as very insular.

The other thing that we noticed was that Alexandre did not recognize the importance of having worked in a regulatory capacity in the Brazilian government. Working as a lawyer in government as well as in the private sector in your early 20s is an enviable trajectory for lawyers everywhere in the world.

We positioned Alexandre as a rising star who wanted to help Brazil onto the international scene. We played up his regulatory experience in government and vastly improved his English.

Results

Alexandre got into Stanford’s LLM program—his first choice. He currently works at a Chicago corporate law firm and expects to return to Brazil within five years.

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