Ascendant was truly a difference-maker in my medical school application essays. Elizabeth challenged me to say more with fewer words and gave me the tools I needed to do so. As a sounding board throughout my entire writing process, she helped me reflect my voice and personality through my writing. She is equal parts thoughtful and brilliant, and I’m so grateful and fortunate that she shared her gift with me.
— Kelly V. (Vanderbilt School of Medicine 2022)

Student Testimonials


Elizabeth’s feedback was precise and thoughtful. I really believe she took the time to read my personal statement thoroughly.  She brought a critical eye when needed and helped me amplify my strong areas.

— Alex A. (DUKE 2017)

I got in!! Thank you so much for teaching me. Thank you for always being supportive, encouraging, and positive whenever I was feeling nervous. I cannot explain how grateful I am to have such amazing teachers in my life.

—Arisa M. (Boston University 2022)

There was little time left when I started my applications, but Elizabeth set weekly and monthly goals to track what I needed to do; if I ever slacked off, she would always follow up.  I accomplished so much beyond what I had expected.

— palmy v. (RISD 2022)


I reached out to Ascendant for assistance working on an academic paper that became my senior thesis in college. Elizabeth really helped me formulate and develop my ideas into a more complex thesis. Ultimately, the end result was more thorough, eloquent, and readable with her feedback. Elizabeth was responsive and timely to my questions and needs, and she really makes an effort to be approachable and explanatory rather than just telling you what you should do. I appreciated having the opportunity to work with Ascendant because they go above and beyond to understand clients' needs and perspectives, so the entire process felt more like a team-effort rather than just professional editing. Overall, Ascendant's services are thorough and well-worth it—I recommend them to all my friends for academic writing as well as personal statement writing for graduate school.

— wyatt K. (harvard facets 2015)