Arlington Heights Woman Makes over $400 a Day Writing Essays for Students

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Arlington Heights Woman Makes over $400 a Day Writing Essays for Students


Byline: Harrington Lizzie

Essays are supposed to be written by students who are taking up the course, but Mary Wilkinson (name changed) begs to differ. She writes essays for college students and charges them for her services. Most people would deride her for helping students cheat, but she doesn't seem to agree.

I heard about her from my niece who had ordered her essay from Mary. She told me Mary has written many essays for her, and does this as a profession. I decided to call her, and was happy to hear Mary agreed to meet me the same evening.

We met at a local cafe and got talking. I told her about my niece buying essays from her, trying to prod her conscience. She told me calmly, "A lot of students do that. Colleges have changed from our times. It is not easy to get a degree now."

She told me how a few years back she lost her job, and had a slump. She started exploring avenues to make money at home, and found she could blog easily. She wrote for a few companies but got paid less than $15 for an hour. But she had found her calling. She approached companies to work as a News Journalist. The pay was good, but she had to travel, which she did not want to.

After a year of dabbling in different kinds of writing, she chanced upon writing essays for students. It was then she interviewed with a website http://lifesaveressays.com to work as their on-board writer. They had initially wanted her to work out of their office in Oakland, CA, but she wanted a remote opportunity. She had to undergo a couple of rounds of written tests and online exams, and finally got her appointment as an Academic Writer.

She says, "One of my essays was for a 18 year old Chinese customer. …

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