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Accepted to the school of her dreams with an essay “that works”


Joanna began working with Revolution Prep as a sophomore in high school, working to get the grades and test scores necessary to apply to the nation’s top universities. In the fall of her senior year, Joanna expressed to her academic advisor, Daniel, that she was struggling to write an essay that would help her gain admission to the prestigious double degree program at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.

Joanna is a performing singer, and tutor Mindi Ehrlich is a professional opera singer, so Daniel suspected the two would form a strong connection—and he was right. In addition to her passion for performance, Joanna also excels in advanced sciences, such as chemistry and physics. She knew that she wanted to write an essay that combined her knowledge of string theory with a story about how she struggled to learn how to tie string around pastry boxes at her job at a bakery. Mindi worked with Joanna to write with clarity and thread the metaphor throughout the entire essay. In the end, Joanna had written an impressive, moving story of perseverance that showcased her determination to succeed and improve.

Joanna was accepted and matriculated at the school of her dreams. She is currently a freshman at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The admissions committee was so impressed with Joanna’s essay that they have published it on their website under the title “Essays That Worked” as an example to all other applicants. You can read Joanna’s essay here!


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