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Cass Business School

Cass Business School

Between the hectic schedules of senior year and the IB curriculum itself, I found myself not knowing how much to focus on college applications versus my schoolwork. This is where The Red Pen came in, words cannot describe the gratitude I feel towards the entire team. Not only did they patiently provide feedback on my endless drafts of essays, but they also ensured my voice was maintained in every edit. The research we conducted together ultimately meant that each college on my final list ticked every box I had (and there were a lot of boxes). Even switching of majors halfway through the process didn’t derail my progress. Thanks to The Red Pen, I was able to get into all five of the universities I applied to, without compromising my academics, or extracurriculars! I am grateful for their endless patience, guidance, and support. I sing their praises everywhere – if you need guidance for your applications The Red Pen is truly the only place to go.

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