Meet the Team

Our stringent hiring and extensive training processes ensure that your essays are reviewed by the most qualified and experienced team in the industry. We take campus leaders and academic superstars that happen to be talented writers and skilled mentors and provide comprehensive training using our industry-leading experience. 

Raw Talent 

We only hire from the 99th percentile of our job applicants.

This ensures we start with the best writers and advisors at the programs you want to attend.

Comprehensive Training

We build on the individual strengths of our reviewers by providing comprehensive training to ensure each reviewer is not only an expert in grammar and syntax but also in college and graduate school admissions.

Industry-Leading Experience

The Narrative Applications team has worked with over 5,000 students and reviewed over 11,000 essays.

 

We work with more students and review more essays in one application cycle than most high school guidance counselors or independent educational consultants will over a 40-year career. 

Founder

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Michael Kim graduated from Duke University in 2018 having majored in Biomedical Engineering and minored in Chemistry and Cultural Anthropology. While at Duke, he was employee #1 and head of operations at an educational technology startup that took on $30 million in VC funding. 

 

After graduating, he worked as an engineer at a startup developing 3D-printed orthopedic devices before founding Narrative Applications.

 

Michael is currently a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California where he conducts research in medical education, minimally invasive surgery, and orthopedic surgery. 

Selected Reviewer Profiles

Yale

Alexa completed her undergraduate degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale and is pursuing a Master's in Playwrighting at Brown.

Alexa

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Brian is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Physics at Columbia.

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Daphne completed an undergraduate degree in Comparative Human Development with minors in Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies. She has completed a Master's in Social Work and is an active social worker.

Daphne

Ethan is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. He is interested in robotics and entrepreneurship.

Ethan

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Lauren completed an undergraduate degree in Law, History, and Culture with minors in Marketing and Business Law. She is currently a student at Harvard Law School.

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Ranger is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Columbia. He currently coaches high school math and debate and serves on the executive board of the Columbia Science Review.

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Stanford

Robert is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with a minor in Music at Stanford.

Robert

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Arielle completed her undergraduate degree in Economics & Linguistics at the University of Chicago and is currently a law student at the University of Chicago.

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Caroline completed her undergraduate degree in Comparitive Literature & Society at Columbia. She has extensive experience as an editor for academic papers and news media outlets and as an Arabic translator.

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Drashti completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Brown and is pursuing a Master's in Urban and Social Policy at Columbia. She speaks five languages.

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Grace is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and History of Science, Medicine & Public Health at Yale. She is a nationally ranked synchronized swimmer.

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UChicago

Max is pursuing an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Chicago. He serves as editor of the Chicago Maroon and volunteers as a creative writing tutor for local high schoolers.

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Rashmi is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies & Neuroscience at Vanderbilt. An accomplished dancer, she is training in three forms and plans to attend medical school.

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Stanford

Samantha is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Stanford. She is an active political researcher and has extensive experience teaching others how to write and assess policy briefs.

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Arianna completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Fine Arts at Tulane. A Fulbright alum and a returned Peace Corps volunteer, she is pursuing a doctorate in urban studies and anthropology at Tulane.

Arianna

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Charlotte is pursuing an undergraduate degree in English with a concentration in creative writing at Yale where she is a member of student government.

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Dylan is pursuing an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Geography and certificates in Migration Studies and Public History. She is an active participant in Montana politics.

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Stanford

Hannah is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with a minor in Music at Stanford. She is a writing tutor at the Hume Center and has held competitive internships at leading banks and tech firms.

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Paul is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Human Geography at University College London. Splitting time between London and Montana, he has worked on numerous poilitical campaigns.

Paul

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Raymond completed an undergraduate degree in Biology and Music at Dartmouth. Currently he plays viola in the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and is serving with Americorps teaching digital literacy to refugees.

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Shayal completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience & Creative Writing at Duke and is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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Sumi is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Writing Seminars & Environmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she captains the varsity crew team and works in the admissions office.

Sumi

Alumni

Former reviewers have gone on to:

  • law school at Duke, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Chicago

  • management consulting at Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey 

  • medical school at Duke, Harvard, and the University of Southern California

  • software engineering and program management at Google