Brian Gu
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About

Hi! My name is Brian and I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2021 with a BA in Public Health Studies. While at Hopkins, I was a Pre-Med and heavily involved in medical-related extracurriculars such as biochemistry and immunology research, clinical volunteering, and being Editor-In-Chief of a medical news journal. I also interned in the field of public health, completing internships in tobacco policy research and mental health research. I spent one gap year working as a medical assistant at an orthopedic clinic and will attend the University of Iowa for medical school in Fall 2022.I previously worked as an Applications Consultant at CollegeVine for two years, guiding clients through all aspects of the college applications process including school list creation, essay editing, and interview prep. In particular, I have a thorough understanding of how to write successful college essays from my own experiences of applying to college and medical school as well as editing my clients'...

Brian helped students get into:
Johns Hopkins UniversityRice University
Boston UniversityUniversity of Southern California
Georgetown UniversityHarvard University
Stanford UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Johns Hopkins University
Rice University
Boston University
University of Southern California
Georgetown University
Harvard University
Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brian helps with…
Extracurriculars
Iowa
4 years of experience
Johns Hopkins University – BA | Public Health Studies
Sociology
Biology
Health
Language
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)

My process

I provide guidance on all aspects of the college application process that is backed by a variety of sources, from my own experiences to my experiences helping students and conversations with my peers. I aim to get to know every student on a personal level, as I believe that partnerships are most successful when I thoroughly understand my students' preferences and goals. I provide comprehensive feedback on both specific details of essays/applications as well as overall narratives/themes of applications.Please keep in mind that I am also a medical student and may be limited in my ability to take you on if you have interest in a package later in the college admissions cycle. Thank you!

Packages

High School Summer Research Camps (Starter)

5 hours

Summer research camps offer unique and valuable opportunities for students to get involved with real, in-depth research in a specific area early on. They expose students to potential career interests, introduce them to like-minded peers, and help make their college applications more competitive. However, these camps themselves are selective and require specialized knowledge and guidance in order to have the best possible chance at admission.I have successfully guided clients to admission to camps like SSTP, SSP, Garcia, and RSI. This package is intended to guide high school students interested in applying to summer research camps through the application process. We will have an initial introduction/goal setting session, brainstorming of essay topics, essay editing sessions, and a wrap-up session. I will also be available for questions and other communications via email throughout the duration of the package.
$350($70/hr)
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Personal Statement

5 hours

This package is intended to help students construct their Common App or similar essay from start to finish. We will have an initial brainstorming session, a session to focus on writing techniques and style, and multiple editing sessions. By the end, the student will have a polished core essay that will be the foundation of a strong college application.
$500($100/hr)
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High School Summer Research Camps (Multiple)

10 hours

Same as the Starter package for summer research camps, but intended for those applying to highly competitive camps (e.g. RSI) and/or multiple camps.
$700($70/hr)
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General Advising

15 hours

Designed for students who want comprehensive guidance with all aspects of the applications process. We will craft an admissions theme, build a school list, edit the college application, brainstorm and edit all relevant essays, and do interview prep. I will also be available for questions regarding recommendation letters, senior classes, etc. that are relevant to the college applications process. The goal of this package is to help the student successfully navigate the college applications cycle and achieve acceptance to one or more schools they are satisfied with.
$1,500($100/hr)
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BS/MD Advising

20 hours

This package is mainly designed for students who intend to apply to BS/MD programs and apply to colleges with medicine-focused applications. All aspects of the general advising package will be included, such as building an admissions theme, creating a school list, essay editing/brainstorming and application editing. Additional focus will be paid to BS/MD specific essays, particularly "why medicine", as well as BS/MD interviews.
$2,250($113/hr)
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Advising hours

College admissions advising

$120.00 / 60 min

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


How to Build a Resume

$80.00 / 60 min

During this session, we'll walk through how to build a resume that's sure to impress admissions officers and prospective employers.

Essay review

Full Review

$35.00 + 10 cents per word
Estimated return time: 19 hours

Description

A comprehensive review of your essay draft. Recommended if you have a rough or strong draft.

Recent reviews

5.0(10 reviews)

“Brian is very helpful providing critical feedback and suggestions. Brian's very responsive and help us answer all related question. I highly recommend Brian's service. "

Julia Z.

“The commentary on the essay provided a new perspective that helped me realize the flaws in my writing. The tips for the next steps moving forward were insightful and easy to understand. "

Nate M.
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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
Iowa
4 years of experience
Johns Hopkins University – BA | Public Health Studies
Sociology
Biology
Health
Language
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
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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.