Thinking back on the crazy journey of trying to get an admit in a foreign university, it amazes me that I could actually come out victorious in spite of all the hassles and loops one has to jump through.
Having the advantage of hindsight now, I can certainly say it's been worth every bit. The whole journey teaches you a lot and the experiences of getting to know another culture and different ways of life is magical. You pretty much become a kid again, taking it all in every day, looking and wondering about things from a whole new perspective. It's certainly something everyone should experience.
Looking back at the whole process of admissions and wondering how it would have been easier for me, or what could I have done better that would have brought the greatest benefit with minimal effort. The one thing that struck me was how much I underestimated the value of a Statement of Purpose!
It's the one document which helps you speak directly to the admissions committee. Nothing comes closer to being that important
It's only after you are on the other side that you realize that it's a missed opportunity. Usually this is what students do to get their Statement of Purpose:
Google sop samples and try to fit it in with the story of their lives. I am guilty of this.
Ask seniors what worked for them and copy someone else's SOP.
Look up an obscure file in an obscure directory on an obscure computer which has sop material
Ask random people online on random forums to evaluate their essays.
Get one of those shady counsellors or sop writing agencies to write one for you.
Trust me, the admissions committee can see through all of the above, it's imperative that you are genuine, clear and concise. I know it's hard because India is a world away and we are brought up in a certain way and there is the cultural aspect of chalta hai. Universities abroad are looking for personalities and not just scores. Focusing on your Statement of Purpose is the best favor you could do to yourself short of acing the exams and scores. A great Statement of Purpose will place you up quite a few notches in the admissions ladder.
We know we could have chosen to solve any other problem in the foreign admissions process, but we choose to solve the most neglected and the most overlooked one of them all. Crafting an awesome Statement of Purpose.
How Essayer Helps?
We are genuinely passionate about making a difference. We connect the people who have known what it feels like and use technology to seamlessly connect them with students and professionals who want that extra edge and don't want to leave anything to chance. The technology plays a huge role in how we conduct the back and forth, the brainstorming between editors and students. It's been thought of extensively and Essayer is a deliberated attempt at helping everyone involved to have the best experience possible.
Of course we could do it for free and treat it as social work, but we all live in a pragmatic world and for something to be valued and appreciated, for the website to be updated regularly, we believe it wise to make it economically viable for everyone involved.