Rekha Iyer is a rising senior at Vanderbilt University from Naperville, Illinois double-majoring in ...

Naperville, Illinois
2 years
Vanderbilt University – Law | History | & Society and Human Organizational Development
Next available session
Fri 20 May
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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
Join a quick meeting
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

My process

My favorite part of the advising process is helping students develop their personal statement, a distinct narrative that essentially serves as a snapshot into the mind of the applicant. While college applications can feel dehumanizing in a sense, where stats and awards may seem like the central determinants in a student's chances at admission to a particular school, a strong essay that conveys a distinct, and meaningful narrative can be extremely effective in appealing to admissions officers. My advising process begins with encouraging a student's personal reflection, asking the best questions to help distill their clear answers to some fundamental questions: "who am I?", "what makes me unique?", "what impact do I want to make in this world?", and "what is my vision of an ideal college experience?". Once the student has greater clarity on these points, everything else begins to fall into place, as it is far easier to determine which schools and programs will be the best fit. Once a list of potential "reach", "target", and "safety" schools has been made, I make sure to create a comprehensive timeline, mapping out deadlines across all the schools the student is interested in. Putting all this information in one place, I make sure that student is aware of, and ahead of, all deadlines. In addition, I emphasize the importance of setting internal deadlines for all essays and supplements to allow plenty of buffer time for rewrites and revisions. I love providing motivated students with the extra push of support and guidance through this process, and of course, seeing where they end up in college, and in life!!!
Tips for success
1. Prepare for your first session
Plan out the questions and topics you'd like to discuss. If you'd like to work together in the long term, discuss expectations for each other.


Advising hours

Earliest availability: Friday, May 20

College admissions advising

$25.00 / 60 min
Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process:
  • Essay brainstorming and editing
  • Interview prep
  • Application review and management
  • School and program selection
  • Standardized test planning and course selection
  • Extracurricular planning

Essay review

Full Review

$20.00 + 3 cents per word
Estimated return time: 24 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