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The Statement Guru Podcast
The official podcast of the world-renowned admissions essay tutor
Category: Higher Education
Location: Long Beach
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September 30, 2015 05:30 PM PDT

Muhammed "Zia" Ziauddin of DentalSchoolCoach.com appears on the podcast to talk about his story, changing from pre-med to pre-dental and how he now helps dental school applicants get into top programs.

Statement Guru site:

Dental School Coach:

Link to Dental School Coach's free 15-day dental school interviews course:

September 01, 2015 03:40 PM PDT

Guest: Shanti. I talk to former Statement Guru client and current graduate student at the #1 school. Shanti is from India and provides the perfect model for how international applicants should approach the admissions process.

Statement Guru site: www.statementguru.com

August 11, 2015 05:49 PM PDT

Guest: Will Katz. Will of AcademicBadass.com appears on the podcast to discuss his journey of badassery, which involves vanquishing any exam that has come his way. He offers tips to students that will allow them to similarly kill it.

Will's site:

Ted Talk we reference:

Statement Guru post featuring this episode:

June 22, 2015 09:33 PM PDT

Guest: Beth Probst. I chat with Beth, Founder of www.GettingAtTheCore.com, a company that specializes in administering guided assessments to high school students to help them sort out their educational and professional priorities.

In addition to that, Beth and I talk about the changing role of college and what students can do to best prepare themselves for the future.

In the episode, Beth recommends to the book WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE, which is available here:


And my site is:

June 02, 2015 05:57 PM PDT

Guest: Edward Mission. A mysterious admissions officer from a large, prominent university stops by for an exclusive interview about what he looks for in an applicant. We cover everything from high school activities to the admissions essay to the interview. Essential listening for high schoolers trying to get a better sense of what colleges are looking for and why.

May 19, 2015 06:19 PM PDT

Guest: Ethan Sawyer. Ethan of www.CollegeEssayGuy.com joins me for what is perhaps the most in-depth discussion of college admissions essays I've ever had.

Essays as transformation. Essays as mini movies. Essays as therapy. It's all here.

PLUS, Ethan offers listeners 20% off his upcoming essay writing bootcamp webinar. How do you get in on that? You'll just have to listen to see!

Our movies-inspired joint-collaboration about the genres of admissions essays can be found




My admissions essay book 50 QUESTIONS FOR YOUR ADMISSIONS ESSAY DRAFT, which Ethan refers to:

The book DO WHAT YOU ARE, which Ethan also refers to:

If you'd like to give the Statement Guru Podcast a 5-star review, you can by going here, then clicking on View in iTunes:


April 28, 2015 06:16 PM PDT

Guest: Shirag Shemmassian. Nived Ravikumar (StatementGuru.com) and Shirag Shemmassian (ShemmassianConsulting.com) do teardowns of two actual admissions essay drafts.

Hearing how two seasoned essay veterans approach admissions essay drafts will no doubt help you approach your own admissions essay drafts. Enjoy! We look forward to your comments. If you have a draft you'd like us to do a teardown on. Submit it here: http://www.statementguru.com/uploadessay

The essays featured on the episode:


April 14, 2015 05:56 PM PDT

Guest: Jason Spears. Current medical student and proprietor of DoctorPremed.com joins me to give great advice to help premeds out there navigate the daunting med school admissions process.

At the end of the episode, Jason gives a special bonus offer to podcast listeners.

March 24, 2015 11:30 AM PDT

Guest: Jessica Yeager. Nived Ravikumar (statementguru.com) interviews Jessica Yeager. Jessica, a grad of Harvard and MIT, is a tutor and college coach for high-achieving students and their parents at Impress the Ivies (impresstheivies.com).

If you join her newsletter here: www.impresstheivies.com/l/statement-guru/ you'll get her Base Brainstorming Workbook and GPA Boot Camp for free.

PLUS, the first five subscribers will get a free 20-minute consultation with her.

March 10, 2015 03:43 PM PDT

Guest: Wei-Li Sun. Renowned admissions essay tutor Nived Ravikumar (StatementGuru.com) talks to Wei-Li Sun of AskMsSun.com about the UC system and what applicants can do to make themselves more desirable to their dream college, whether it's UCLA, Berkeley or any other school out there.

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