American and Canadian universities ask for personal essays to learn more about the student’s potential fit with the particular university’s philosophy and culture.

The college essay requires not only writing skills and self-awareness on the part of the applicant, but also knowledge about the cultural specifics of the American university environment. Applicants who do not have deep roots in this educational system often find it very opaque. Stylistic writing conventions are also very specific to the institution and the process. If you’re applying to UC Berkeley, your essays should be very different from the essays your friend is writing for Texas A&M. The essay process can hence seem daunting without a guide to help you.

I was an international student myself 18 years ago, and I understand and empathize with your situation and needs. I also understand parental concerns when it comes to optimizing the costs associated with the admissions process. Consulting with me on your essays is a relatively low-cost method to ensure that the tone of your application and the way you represent yourself both match the institutions you are applying to. Please see my services and rates page for more details about the packages I offer.