It was news to me when I first heard about those essay editing services as well. I think they are a good idea and I would not have any moral qualms with paying someone a small fee to proofread and make suggestions to improve my essay. The way I see it is if I had a close family friend that was both expert at editing personal statements and willing to read over my essay then I would certainly utilize the resource that was available to me. Thanks for your post as I am glad you brought up that topic.
Anyway, regardless of ones self perceived notions of moral supremacy, I believe most everybody would agree that it is both moral and intelligent to look at essay writing tips
as well as preview some samples of well written essays
(Caution to the overly self-righteous: The content of those pages is provided by EssayEdge which so happens to also provide a fee based essay editing service). Anyway, I have been meaning to create a section on the main site about writing personal statements for quite some time now. For now however, those two pages will suffice to at least let people know that there are resources available to help with writing a quality personal statement.
Sorry your post went so long without a reply. I was hoping that someone else would have something to say about the applications process since I am both not very knowledgeable about the process and I also do not find the topic very interesting (lack of knowledge and lack of interest often to travel in pairs). However, the applications process is important.
Perhaps everybody could add to this post with at least one little tip or suggestion that they have to share about the graduate school applications process. O.K. here goes my little tip:
1) I think it is a good idea to give the professors who will be writing your letters of recommendation envelopes that are already addressed to the appropriate graduate schools and also to have each envelope already stamped (the peel and stick envelopes are better than suggesting your professors lick envelopes). I’m sure most people probably already know to do this but I am just trying to get the tips and suggestions rolling.