Abinaya Ramakrishnan
Abinaya Ramakrishnan

About

Abinaya Ramakrishnan has worked in college admissions for the past 4 years and has helped students through all aspects of the college process. She graduated from Vanderbilt University as an Ingram Scholar (full-tuition scholarship) with degrees in Medicine, Health, and Society, and Biological Sciences and is currently an MD Candidate at UCLA. During her time at Vanderbilt, she mentored dozens of high school students from helping students prepare and study for the SAT/ACT to creating a strong extracurricular list. Working on the Ingram Scholarship Finalist Committee has given Abinaya a strong insight into what makes a standout applicant from the admissions side. Seeing what students do and do not get chosen for one of the premier scholarships in the country has helped her better prepare, edit, and create narratives for her students. As an avid mental health advocate, Abinaya works to not only provide personalized advice for each applicant, but also support students and families during t...

Abinaya helped students get into:
Vanderbilt UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Northwestern UniversityUniversity of Notre Dame
Washington University in St. LouisRice University
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillWashington and Lee University
Vanderbilt University
University of Pennsylvania
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Washington University in St. Louis
Rice University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Washington and Lee University
Abinaya helps with…
Medicine
College Applications & Essays
Chicago, IL
4 years of experience
Vanderbilt University – BA | Biological Sciences and Medicine, Health, & Society (Awards: Goldwater Scholar, Fulbright Finalist, Ingram Scholarship)
University of California, Los Angeles – MD | Candidate
Psychology
International Relations
Chemistry
Biology
Health
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)

My process

My process of advising is very career-focused on what the student wants (or doesn't want to study). The most successful students have a clear goal in mind and are able to articulate why they want to take that career path. From there, I work with students to create a narrative that highlights their strengths - personality, extracurriculars, service, etc. If the student is lacking in any area, I work with them to utilize the summer and fall semester of senior year to close any gaps so they can have a stronger application. For example, if a student is passionate about mental health, I work with them to find ways to integrate this into all portions of the application - a personal story about mental health in the Common App essay, extracurriculars in the mental health space in the activities section, and creating "brag sheets" to provide to letter of recommendation writers to highlight this passion of the student. Together, this creates a cohesive story that clearly demonstrates how the student will uniquely shape the campus they are applying to. I know your child has done the work - they have worked hard to get amazing grades, taken part in different extracurricular activities, and developed into an amazing human being. My job is to help college admissions see that!

Advising hours

College admissions advising

$65.00 / 60 min

Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process.


BSMD/BSDO programs

$80.00 / 60 min

Perfect for students looking to apply for direct-med programs!


Merit Scholarships (Full Ride?)

$50.00 / 45 min

Perfect for students looking to get merit money at top schools!


Prior Clients

$35.00 / 60 min

This session is only open for prior clients who have worked with me under a reduced pricing system.

Essay review

Full Review

$20.00 + 6 cents per word
Estimated return time: 32 hours
  • Review your profile and the information provided
  • Review your essay draft
  • Offer detailed guidance for refining your essay topic and structure
  • Leave in-document feedback and changes
  • Correct grammar and punctuation (if applicable)
  • Provide a set of clear actionable next steps

Recent reviews

4.5(2 reviews)

“I appreciate you feedback and will take what you have said into consideration Thank you "

Mohamed S.
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Let’s chat
Any questions? Let’s hop on a quick call to learn more about your needs in the admissions process and how I can approach them
Chicago, IL
4 years of experience
Vanderbilt University – BA | Biological Sciences and Medicine, Health, & Society (Awards: Goldwater Scholar, Fulbright Finalist, Ingram Scholarship)
University of California, Los Angeles – MD | Candidate
Psychology
International Relations
Chemistry
Biology
Health
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
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