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One-on-one support that will get you from blank page to polished final draft 

Complete your personal statement in just 4 weeks

Only 10 spots available!


The students on this page are real people. They had concerns, challenges, and big goals - just like you. But they worked with me to succeed, and you can too!


I feel really lucky to know Mrs. VanderWeert from one of my classmates. I would say Mrs. VanderWeert is a really professional, friendly and warm-hearted advisor. Every time before we met online, she left me comments to further adjust my drafts, which made me become more and more clear about what should I write, and she always suggested I go deeper and deeper and be more detailed.

R. Sun, student at MIT

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I was completely overwhelmed by the application essays. Kimberly supported me with every step along the way. She helped me stay motivated, keep working at it, and push myself for a better essay. Being able to meet with her whenever I needed over Zoom was a big plus. I highly recommend her services.


I started working with Kimberly on my college essays, and I have come back for her help with my scholarship essays. I feel like Kimberly really understands me. Whenever we meet, she helps me find exactly what I want to say and helps me write it out. Her help is beyond anything I expected. If you are feeling lost with your college essays, definitely work with her.

Mariam, student at UNC

Sander, student headed to Ohio State

1-on-1 Personal Statement Writing Workshop
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Kimberly VanderWeert's Personal Statement Writing Workshop is an individual, 4-week workshop with one purpose — getting your personal statement submission-ready. Get all the details, right down to what to say and how to present it.

Begin the workshop with a blank page and leave with your final draft completely done. All in just 4 weeks!


I will guide you through creating your unique, attention-grabbing personal statement. Everything you’ll learn in the workshop has been tested and proven. You will receive personalized training, insight, and guided materials. But make no mistake: this is a hands-on process and we will be working together to get your personal statement DONE.


Many of the essays that have been planned through the writing workshop have resulted in admission to top-tier schools, such as Cornell, Northwestern, and the University of Michigan. Are you next?

Who is the workshop for?

This program is designed for first-year applicants who are looking to build attention-grabbing, compelling personal statements fast.



The personal statement writing workshop is a proven process for submission-ready essays that work. You’ll discover:

The best essay topic for you, your background, your goals, and your target colleges — even if you don't have any ideas yet

How to write in a way that highlights your uniqueness and convinces admissions officers you are NEEDED on their campus

The three best ways to structure your personal statement — and which one is perfect for you

The most common personal statement mistakes and how to fix them

The 4 specific steps you must take to elevate your writing

How to edit your writing in 5 steps — use the strategies to turn in killer apps AND future college writing assignments

Essay examples, guided worksheets, frameworks, spreadsheets, and so much more to help you map out your perfect narrative

Unlimited editing support for 10 days after completing the workshop 

How does the workshop work?

Week 1 (60 minute class)


  • Through guided activities, worksheets, and discussion, we will identify your “why” and your application theme, which will guide the development of your personal statement

  • We will work through a series of brainstorming activities to identify your most compelling story

  • You will continue brainstorming throughout the week, if necessary


Week 2 (90 minute class)


  • You will learn three structured approaches to the personal statement (includes detailed outlines and examples)

  • We will work together to outline your first draft with the approach that best-fits your needs and goals

  • You will spend the week working on your first draft


Week 3 (90 minute class)


  • You will learn the most common personal statement mistakes and my top writing techniques

  • We will work together to add, remove, or modify content accordingly

  • You will learn two different structural editing techniques (with examples) and complete them during the week


Week 4 (60-90 minute class)


  • You will learn how to self-edit at the paragraph and sentence levels so you can confidently tackle future writing assignments (includes guides and checklists)

  • We will work together to polish your personal statement

  • You will continue self-editing as necessary, with unlimited feedback from me for the next 10 days

All for just $497!

To provide comprehensive assistance to all of my clients, I only accept 10 students into the Personal Statement Writing Workshop. Schedule a meeting and let's discuss if you're a good fit!
Or, if you're looking for complete application support, check out my packages

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