Karen Tai
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About

Hi! I'm Karen Tai and I recently graduated from Yale University, where I studied Molecular Biology. At Yale, I was involved in a number of community service organizations and spent lots of time in the laboratories conducting biomedical research. I've had extensive experience writing personal statements for admissions to schools as well as scholarships, such as the Rhodes Scholarship. I've also helped several clients gain admissions to their top school through advising and essay review session. I've studied at the University of Oxford for a Master's and am currently pursuing an MD at the Johns Hopkins University. In my free time, I love exploring new board games to play and testing out recipes in my kitchen. Excited to work with you in preparing for college and beyond! Feel free to opt into the essay review or reserve a time in my office hours for general admissions consultation or an essay brainstorming session.

Karen helped students get into:
Yale UniversityJohns Hopkins University
Texas A&M UniversityUniversity of Texas at Austin
Yale University
Johns Hopkins University
Texas A&M University
University of Texas at Austin
Karen helps with…
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Extracurriculars
Building a School List
Common App
Medicine
Highly Selective College Admissions
College Applications & Essays
Yale University – BS
Yale University – MS
Johns Hopkins University – MD
Chemistry
Biology
Health
First-Generation College Students
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
STEM
Graduate Admissions
Medicine
LGBTQ+ students

My process

I believe that the student is the expert on their life and essay. My mission is to help students craft an essay that is distinctly in their own voice and retains the core values of their own experience and life. After all, admissions officers are primarily interested in who the students are. They are less concerned with writing style as they are with the essence of who the student is as a person. I meet students where they are and help flush out ideas that are interesting and exciting to write about, and those that reveal the character of a person. Most of my feedback will help guide how the essay should flow and which topics and ideas to expand on.

Essay review

Essay/common app consultation (30 min)

$45.00 + 0 cents per word
Estimated return time: 39 hours

Description

A 30-minute, comprehensive review of a 0-500 word essay and/or common app through zoom/call. Feedback will only be provided over call (not commented on a document) and is recommended for discussing writing strategies, brainstorming sections, talking through and rewording parts of the essay.


Essay/common app consultation (60 min)

$75.00 + 0 cents per word
Estimated return time: 39 hours

Description

A 60-minute, comprehensive review of a 500+ word essay and/or common app through zoom/call. Feedback will only be provided over call (not commented on a document) and is recommended for discussing writing strategies, brainstorming sections, talking through and rewording parts of the essay.


Full Review

$30.00 + 6 cents per word
Estimated return time: 39 hours

Description

A comprehensive review of your essay draft. You will receive a well-annotated and commented document of your draft with essay suggestions. Recommended if you have a rough or strong draft.

Recent reviews

4.9(18 reviews)

“Thank you, Karen! Appreciate the time and work on this to get it to exactly what I needed!"

Catherine P.

“Thanks Karen. Great editing!"

Melissa M.

“Great feedback and very helpful!! "

Rachel W.
Essay review
Take your essays to the next level
Select the review type that meets your goals and get detailed feedback on where your essay is strong and where it can improve.
Essay review
Take your essays to the next level
Select the review type that meets your goals and get detailed feedback on where your essay is strong and where it can improve.
Yale University – BS
Yale University – MS
Johns Hopkins University – MD
Chemistry
Biology
Health
First-Generation College Students
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
STEM
Graduate Admissions
Medicine
LGBTQ+ students
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.