I felt overshadowed by fellow students and bewildered by expectations.
College applications were very novel to me, and very difficult. I didn’t know what to give and not to give attention to on my applications. I was paralyzed by how any aspect fell into how admission offices perceived my application. Knowing whether I was scrubbing and shining my application or grinding it with sandpaper was beyond comprehension.
Jackie’s help and suggestions guided me in putting together brilliant applications. Applications I sent with confidence, confidence I never would have envisioned. Her advice and knowledge did wonders more than any book or website could hope.
A better resource and more resourceful than any other help I sought, as well as a splendid person to work with, she molded a miserable time into an acceptance letter from my first-choice University. I’d recommend her help to any student moving along in the college application process.
Jackie takes writing essays to a whole different level. She digs deep to make the essays very personal and unique. I like Jackie’s style as she’s not afraid to give feedback until she knows you’ve put in your best. [Her] response time is simply amazing!
Jackie is an admissions guru. She not only helped me perfect my statement of purpose, personal history statement, and responses to short answer questions, but she guided me through all aspects of the admissions process. She helped me plan out my timeline for taking the GRE, asking for letters of recommendation, and for working on my applications. She advised me on how to approach one of my recommendation writers who seemed to be putting off writing my letter until the very last minute. She has even taken the time to answer my many questions about financial aid, what admissions officers look for, and other aspects of the admissions process and life as a graduate student. I am eternally grateful to Jackie for her honest feedback, her magical ability to help others word things in the perfect way, and for all of her support throughout the admissions process. Thanks to her, I will be starting a masters in my dream program at my dream school in the fall.
I’d thought my statement was in pretty good shape, but when I received Jackie’s edit I was stunned by how immediately and evidently better it was. Jackie responded to what I’d written sharply and sensitively, and with what’s obviously a huge breadth of knowledge about the admissions process. She raised a few possible red flags in my wording that hadn’t occurred to me and suggested how I might remove them while still staying true to my message. A particular concern of mine was how and whether to address my academic transcripts, and she considered this carefully and offered me a great solution.
My statement still feels like something I’ve written, but it represents me so much more clearly and positively than it did. Jackie gave me insightful feedback on my statement both at a word and sentence level and in terms of its overall structure. I was lucky to have found someone who is such a keen editor, as well as having such a deep understanding of the statement’s context and purpose. I was accepted into the MFA program at the University of Alabama, accepted with an extra fellowship at the University of Minnesota, and waitlisted at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I can’t recommend this service highly enough.
As a prose writer applying to graduate programs for creative writing, I was sure I wouldn’t have a problem writing the statement of purpose. But after putting together a decent statement, I was still unsure if it was in the place it needed to be for my applications. I had almost resigned myself to that merely “decent” statement when I decided to reach out to Jackie. The in-depth feedback and edits I received reinvigorated an application process that can be so daunting and draining.
Jackie helped me pinpoint an underlying structure for my statement, honed in on certain ambiguities and questions I wasn’t addressing, and encouraged me to be more direct with my intentions. More than anything, I was worried that the drudgery of the application process had stripped my statement of its full passion, but Jackie helped me to reclaim that passion and make it the star of the statement.
It was easy for me to trust Jackie’s judgment, considering her extensive experience with admissions and teaching, as well as her graduate degree in the field to which I am applying. She does the work, and she is thorough and kind while doing it.
Jackie’s comments on my personal statement were very thorough and spot on. She was able to distill what I was trying to say and give me great advice on how to make it even better. She also took into account my specific concerns and goals for the statement. I’m so glad I enlisted Jackie’s help for my personal statement!
Jackie gave me a thorough and specific critique on my application materials. She provided a set of objective eyes and helped me identify areas in my essay that could be misinterpreted. Beyond just critiquing the mechanics of my essay, Jackie pushed me to examine and state my objectives more clearly. As someone who knows how an admissions department works, she was able to offer very specific feedback. Jackie also communicated clearly about her timeline and gave her feedback very quickly, which I appreciated very much!
Jackie helped me refine my statement of purpose for my MFA applications. She was sensitive to my particular needs and situation – i.e. having a nearly completed novel, wanting to stay in an urban area such as New York or Philadelphia, and wishing to teach but not necessarily transition into academia. Through a focused Skype session Jackie and I edited my statement of purpose so that it was a focused, concise document. I would certainly recommend her!
Jackie’s suggestions on my Statement of Purpose were a huge help right when I needed it. She was incredibly easy to work with. Plus, she was available last minute. As an MFA candidate who has been out in the working world for a long time, I greatly valued her perspective on what programs are looking for right now. Her feedback helped me reposition my Statement in such a way that I believe I am a more attractive candidate, even though a non-traditional one. Thank you, Jackie, for your coaching.
I was lost when I went to Jackie for help, but I didn’t even know just how deep in the woods I actually was. Jackie helped me tighten my Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement, and her feedback helped me understand the purpose of these two essays better. Her critique challenged me to dive deeper and write more clearly about my experiences and my goals. Her feedback was comprehensive, and she even took the time to speak with me on the phone afterwards. I am forever grateful for Jackie’s invaluable insight, empowerment, and generosity!
With Jackie’s help, I was able to create a project proposal that earned me funding for my summer.
It felt as if Jackie was leading me through dangerous territory. I came out the other side with a new artist statement and all in one piece! I worked much harder with her help than I would have on my own. She made it interesting and fun. I’d recommend her to all my friends.
Last month’s Wyoming Women’s Business Center Roundtable speaker, Jackie Sizemore, CEO and Owner of Point of View Consulting, spoke on Crafting Strategic Artist statements & Biographies. Her material and guidance was fantastic. In fact, some of the best insight I have learned all year. Her presentation revealed key strategies for discovering your core values as a writer and using them to effectively engage and motivate people.