Iowa Writers' Workshop Grad, Writing Professor, Author
Iowa Writers' Workshop Grad, Writing Professor, Author
I'm a published author and a Lecturer of Creative and Scientific Writing at the University of Iowa. For the last five years I've been teaching a course I designed to help students write in the sciences, with an emphasis on applying to graduate healthcare programs--medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physicians assistant, you name it. I've helped hundreds of students get into the programs of their choice, including Harvard Med. I was accepted to three of the four medical schools I applied...
I'm a published author and a Lecturer of Creative and Scientific Writing at the University of Iowa. For the last five years I've been teaching a course I designed to help students write in the sciences, with an emphasis on applying to graduate healthcare programs--medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physicians assistant, you name it. I've helped hundreds of students get into the programs of their choice, including Harvard Med. I was accepted to three of the four medical schools I applied to after college, but in my one-year gap before I attended I decided to ride a motorcycle from New York to the tip of South America. Along the way I wrote a book about my journey and decided that the life of a writer was what I truly wanted. I began writing fiction and later attended the country's top writing program (The Iowa Writers' Workshop), where I was an Arts Fellow. My fiction has won several awards, and I have been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and other writers' residencies. I have also won numerous teaching awards at the University of Iowa, including commendations from the Center for Teaching and the UIowa Career Center.
I specialize in narrative and love helping applicants find the best way to tell their stories. Every year I help hundreds of students make themselves stand out on paper. When committees speak about applicants they don't say, "Pass me Jane Doe's application." They say, "Pass me the one about the girl who ferried medical supplies in the jungle in Guatemala." Human beings can remember some facts, but we are wired to remember stories. I want application committees to love you. They will do so by first falling in love with your story.
In my experience, everyone applying to the best schools has a solid G.P.A., amazing test scores, and wonderful experiences. For better or worse, getting your foot in the door at a top program often boils down to an essay contest. That's my element, and I am here to help you navigate it! I have had the admissions committees from several programs tell my students that they lacked certain criteria--grades, test scores, experience--but that the program was willing to give them an interview based solely on the strength of their personal statements. The same goes for job applicants. One of my students had zero experience for a medical assistant job, but she manged to beat out several others (one with a decade of experience), based solely on the strength of her resume and cover letter. When you need the best shot at getting in, don't take any chances on your application materials! Let's make yours superlative.
For the last twenty years I have worked in a variety of roles in both business and publishing that have prepared me for this particular niche. I have been a proofreader, a copy editor, a technical writer, an executive recruiter for the insurance industry, a professional writer, and a writing professor. With my background in the sciences, I am also familiar with scientific terminology and admissions requirements and can help you decide which undergraduate experiences (volunteering, shadowing, etc.) will most strongly complement your application. In addition to personal statements, I also excel at assisting with cover letters, résumés and CVs, secondaries, diversity statements, and college application essays.
Writing college essays is a breeze. Want to learn the secrets? I will help you. Interested in working on some fiction? My rates for coaching/editing in fiction are significantly lower, so let me know if you are interested in that.
I am new to this platform, so my rates are lower for the time being. Take advantage! I am committed to helping every student tell their story in the best way possible. The first fifteen minute consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose as we decide the best way to help you accomplish your goals. I pride myself on finding solutions for students!
Andres has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Very helpful and insightful!
Andres helped me immensely with restructuring and revising my cover letter. He helped improve my wording and organization so that my experiences were expressed in the most impactful way possible. I feel much better about applying for positions after working with Andres!Debra, 1 lesson with Andres
Andres helped me with my essays, and he definitely has great writing skills and helped me a lot. He is a very intelligent and patient tutor. He gave me inspiring suggestions. Since we have time difference, he stayed up late to help me, and I am really grateful for that. Overall, I highly recommend Andres, he must be the right tutor you need.Kelsey, 2 lessons with Andres
Knowledgeable and supportive!!
Great job!! Andres is very knowledgeable, understanding and qualified. He knows what I am talking about and what is best for my paper. He is very helpful, patient and reliable. He helped me with my personal statement, resume, and other paper. He made a big difference. I would definitely recommend him.Jenna, 2 lessons with Andres
Andres is an incredibly efficient and knowledgeable tutor. He helped me edit and draft essays for an English application. He helped me despite short notice, and gave me excellent advice. He's very patient and kind as well. I would absolutely recommend Andres as a tutor.Nicole, 3 lessons with Andres
Andres is a wonderful tutor. He helps my teen to prepare her college essays. He knows what he does and he is very patient and nice. He helps her build her confidence. I am really impressed by his professionalism. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help.Kim, 9 lessons with Andres
Knowledgeable and well informed
Andres is a wonderful tutor. I cannot thank him enough for the wonderful college essays he helped me write. He so well-reasoned and insightful in his advice, he took my college essay to another level. He grasped the idea of what I was trying to convey in my essay and made it clear throughout. His vocabulary is also amazing. In the end, the tone of my essay was not only serious and empathic, but it was also funny where it was appropriate. Thanks a million. I cannot recommend him enough!!!Saly, 1 lesson with Andres
Accommodating and Efficient
Andres helped me with a diversity statement as part of my grad school application. It was very helpful to be able to talk things out in order to discern what experiences and topics were important to highlight in my essay. Because of his expertise, I can be confident in the sentence structure, flow and grammar of the essay. Andres was also very communicative and accommodating before, after and during the session.Chelsea, 1 lesson with Andres
Very helpful and patient
Helped me with organization, themes, and wording. Great tutor! Would definitely recommend for personal statement or college essays. Works with you to deliver your message in a professional and meaningful wayAli, 3 lessons with Andres
Friendly and Amazing tutor
Andres worked with me really well and was able to dig deep and get the main points of my life out to form the best essay. He has also been very patient and great at reading and critiquing my writing. I love working with him and finding more about myself through the writing that we have done!Keshav, 3 lessons with Andres
knowledgeable and responsive tutor
Andres is very knowledgeable about writing and composition. I'm a working professional and needed help editing something to be summited soon. He helped me despite short notice and gave me a lot of advice. Thank you!Serena, 2 lessons with Andres
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