Applicant Success Stories and Testimonials

Ashish - Manchester

Ashish - Manchester
Poonam is the director of your movie and knows each and every scene about the actor (the student in the case).

Even though I belong to the non-IT cluster of India and have a unique profile, I knew that my chances of getting an admit from a global B-school were slim because of my non-competitive GMAT score. The only way I could turn the tables around was to take expert guidance and write impactful essays.

I did my research and shortlisted 4 B-school admission consultants (including my Essay Review) in the initial round. Next, I spoke to all the consultants (or their representatives). After talking to the consultants, I ranked all the 4 consultants and finally decided to enrol with my Essay Review because of 3 reasons:

    - The fact that I would be working with the CEO of the company. Poonam (and not part-time writers or freelancers or representatives)

    - Competitive rates of my Essay Review compared to the other consultants

    - The "How I Work" operating model of Poonam (

After my telephonic discussion with Poonam, I was convinced that I was making the right choice and decided to purchase a three-school package from myEssayReview. We started our journey with Manchester Business School. Poonam's initial suggestions for the first essay were mind-blowing and set the ball rolling for all the remaining essays. These suggestions were simple, yet super-effective.

They allowed me to channelize my thoughts in the right direction, select the best stories and showcase my candidacy in the best manner to the school.

Poonam provided her valuable insights on how to structure the essays. I loved the way she guided me on how to structure the essay 1, and I think this was very critical. She told me to segment the essay into multiple sub-segments and build a structure around each sub-segment keeping in mind that the question is answered holistically. This was a great advice, and I followed this advice diligently in all the essays. She guided me wonderfully on how to connect the dots for each essay, ensuring that the question is answered perfectly. In case of recommendation letters, I had the raw material, but her guidance helped in developing the final product. For example, she gave me very useful tips on how to shorten a sentence, and yet retaining the meaning of the sentence.

Poonam provided very good recommendations while choosing the Word choices. For example, where to use adjectives, where to use nouns, where to use phrases etc. Another example is when she recommended this to me over email- "Why not go for "After working with MBA's from.." It will be simpler phrasing. I don't think Along-side." is hyphenated. The turn-around time of her edits was perfect and very similar to the timelines in which the fast-paced corporate world operates. All the critiques/edits and reedits were provided within 24 hours as promised on her website and as per our initial discussion (before the start of our assignment).

The overall experience was very good, and I would definitely recommend her services to potential B-school applicants. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism of my Essay Review. It has a very lean and smart operating model. No fuss, no hierarchy. Poonam is the single point of contact and this makes a huge difference. She will guide you at each and every step. She is the director of your movie and knows each and every scene about the actor (the student in the case). She will ensure that the movie would entertain the audience (the B-school in this case) and would be a blockbuster. Thanks for all your help in making my essays appealing.

Yes, I have received an admit from Manchester Business School. So even if you have a not-so-great GMAT score, focus on your essays. Seek expert guidance from Poonam. Do yourself a favour - start now and connect with my Essay Review today!

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-Ashish (2013 R-2 applicant, accepted into Manchester Business School)
Abhilasha, London business school

London Business School
Thanks for putting up with me and making this experience a good one.

Poonam worked on my essays from the scratch and I am extremely happy with her professionalism. Her personalized service and hospitality are really appreciated. I approached her only 6 days before the application deadline and she not only accepted my request but remained calm, patient and encouraging throughout the process. I had not done any home work with the application process but she gave me a "peace of mind" from day one. She is reasonably priced, easy to work with and makes every effort to help you identify your abilities and potential. Thanks for putting up with me and making this experience a good one. It certainly was a pleasure to have someone responds so quickly.

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-Abhilasha (applicant to LBS & INSEAD)
Kapil, London business school

I am accepted into Ross, and I thank Poonam for all her help.

Before signing up for 1 school package, I came across Poonam’s post on GMAT club about “Goals” essay and got a very clear understanding of the structure of the essay. Once I started working with her, all the gaps in my essay became evident through her edits and remarks, helping in achieving the high standard necessary.

After receiving her first edit, I got the clear idea of how the essay should look like. She effectively trimmed the essays to the allowed word limit without sacrificing the effectiveness. Her sentence structure and word choice was perfect. She helped me correct few grammatical mistakes and punctuation errors, and they were spot on. I had purchased 1-school package that includes 1 edit of 2 recommendation letters and verbal feedback on résumé. Since I did not need her to review my recommendation letters, I requested her to substitute that with one edit of résumé which she readily agreed. And yes, she was very prompt in getting back to me with her edits and made sure that she completed my apps before proceeding on her vacation.

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-Kapil (2013 applicant, accepted into Ross)
Vinay, Cornell Queen’s

Cornell Queen’s
Thanks for helping me make my personal statement strong and appealing. I am accepted to Cornell-Queens EMBA.

It was a great experience working with Poonam on my essay at a critical time when lots of things were happening at the same time for me. I was impressed with my first interaction with her as she understood my situation and provides a customized approach to my needs.

Her guidance and professionalism throughout the review process was excellent. She gave me honest and clear feedback which helped me shape my final essay.

Poonam's guidance opened my thoughts and helped me focus on the key contents required to showcase my profile to the admission committee. She edited and summarized my lengthy personal statement into two pages as required by the school, making it easy for the reviewer to understand my knowledge and expertise gained over years. I would recommend myEssayReview to anyone who is looking for a personalized non-commercial and professional service.

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-Vinay (2013 applicant –Accepted to Queens Cornell)
Rakesh, UCIrvine

Looking at the transformation of the essay with awe I realized your grasp of the language and your infinite vocabulary is what makes you an exceptional consultant.

Your approach was always of a teacher not just giving the solution but showing the direction and letting me go through the motion to build my own stories.

I was applying for EMBA and was looking for someone with more depth and perception of how to present a candidate with years of experience’s in an effective way. I was really impressed by your blog and reflection and decided to give a try. The initial conversation confirmed that I made the right choice. You could understand the difference in the essay style for an EMBA to a full time MBA and it was reflected once we were done with all the essays. The best essays are those which reflect the stories about you. Not everyone is good at self-reflection. The guidelines helped a candidate like me to put my thoughts in perspective and then express them in stories.

Secondly some stories bring strong emotions and character and the guideline help to highlight those stories for the essay. It worked really well for me. The first draft of my essays was just chronological representation of the event happened in my career. I did not realize the essay need not be full of big words but more of thought process to show the real you. The structure and framework she provided helped me to put my chronological events in a manner to showcase my candidacy in the best manner to the school.

When you start an essay you are thinking will I be able to meet the word limit, once you are done you are wondering is it real. Did I really write all this and now I need to shrink it to meet the world limit? It was always a big challenge for me to stay within the word limit. You were really amazing replacing sentences with the word so that it still conveys the same meaning and achieve the word limit constraints. Looking at the transformation of the essay with awe I realized your grasp of the language and your infinite vocabulary is what makes you an exceptional consultant. Here I would like to quote your My Reflections blog “American English vs. British English”. I know English is English but I guess it is still different how we have learnt it. You have mastered the difference and able to understand the background, that my style portrays more of British English than American which helps in providing correct suggestions.

You were really punctual and made sure once the essays are submitted to you the response is provided within 24 to 48 hours. This kept me on track since you were expecting same kind of response from me. It’s mutually beneficial so that we don’t lose the sight of completing the application on time. Although you were a paid consultant to provide input on the essays, the services went above and beyond in making sure all of my needs were met in timely manner. You were more worried about keeping me focused on the deadline than myself. Your approach was always of a teacher not just giving the solution but showing the direction and letting me go thru the motion to build my own stories. If needed, I will use your services again and will also recommend you to anyone who is applying admission to a graduate program.

-Rakesh (2014 applicant, interviewed by UCHC EMBA)

Thank you for your help in guiding and reviewing my essays. I got accepted into PA school and wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your help.

Your suggestions were spot on. You consolidated my story in a beautiful way and helped me to be focused in essay writing. You did a good job on the framework and structure of the essay. My essays were too lengthy, but you effectively trimmed them down to the allowed word limit. Your editing skills are excellent in all areas Sentence structure Word choice Grammar Punctuation (comma, semicolon, colon etc.) I am very pleased with your services. I may need your help in writing essays for scholarships and will let you know about this with time.

-Irene (2013 applicant accepted into Physician Assistant program, Med School, UOA, Tuscon)