Graduate School Personal Statements

Lauren has been helping people write their graduate school personal statements and statements of purpose for several years. Whether you just want some feedback on a draft, or you're staring at a blank Word doc and don't know where to begin, she can help!

Lauren Hammond

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Lauren: I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Writing, with a concentration in Writing, at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and my Master’s Degree in English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University (SDSU). I am currently a fourth-year PhD student in English at the University of California Riverside (UCR). 

I have been a writing consultant for over six years now, and I've helped people with research writing, thesis/dissertation projects, rhetorical and literary analyses, writing in the humanities, grammar/sentence mechanics, and more. 

For Vince Kotchian Test Prep, I specialize in assisting clients throughout their graduate school application process, which includes personal statement and research proposal writing. My one-on-one sessions are designed to help my clients think about their specific goals, timeline, significance, and broader impacts of their prospective research. 

When it comes to personal statement writing, I show my clients how to create a coherent narrative about who they are as a researcher to help them persuade their reviewers that they are a qualified candidate who fulfills the funding agency’s mission, and briefly outlines their career goals. I help students develop their narratives by drawing on personal history, family background, and intellectual development as well as their educational, leadership, and cultural experiences to describe the motivations that drive their research goals and other professional endeavors.

I love hanging out in San Diego during my downtime! My favorite activities are snorkeling and playing volleyball at the beach, cruising the fun hiking trails, and making my way through all of the local eateries. When I am not at the beach or in the classroom, I am usually napping and cuddling with my dog, Lego.

Working with Lauren is $100 per hour or $450 for a package purchase of 5 hours. You can reach her at 951-395-4646 (phone or text).