50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays

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The powerful tools in this invaluable revised and updated resource equip students with the skills to write successful entrance essays for top-notch universities. The strengths and weaknesses of 50 application compositions from Ivy League schools, as well as Caltech, Duke, MIT, Stanford, and University of Chicago, are analyzed in detail, highlighting techniques to emulate and mistakes to avoid. College admission officers from some of these schools provide informative strategies and inside information on their ...

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Overview

The powerful tools in this invaluable revised and updated resource equip students with the skills to write successful entrance essays for top-notch universities. The strengths and weaknesses of 50 application compositions from Ivy League schools, as well as Caltech, Duke, MIT, Stanford, and University of Chicago, are analyzed in detail, highlighting techniques to emulate and mistakes to avoid. College admission officers from some of these schools provide informative strategies and inside information on their writing assessment criteria. A comprehensive writing workshop provides tips toward selecting topics, developing stories, editing drafts, and applying finishing touches. Acknowledging that the written portion of the process is one of the most important factors for admission into highly selective schools, this helpful guidebook offers sage advice and inspiration to keep applicants on the right track.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617600043
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 349,410
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 1001 Ways to Pay for College, Accepted! 50 Successful Business School Admission Essays, Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays, Adult Students, Get Free Cash for College, Get Into Any College, How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay, and Sallie Mae How to Pay for College. They live in Belmont, California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 25 Essay Mistakes that Guarantee Failure 1

Chapter 2 Ivy League Admissions Officer Q&A 13

Chapter 3 Academic Passion 21

"Bacon" Mariam Nassiri 21

"Beyond Plug-and-Chug Math" Anonymous 24

"A Different Kind of Love" Oana Emilia Butnareanu 26

"From Flaubert to Frisbee" Aditya Kumar 29

"Raising the Bar" Anonymous 32

Chapter 4 Books/Literature 35

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstem" Fareez Giga 35

Chapter 5 Career 39

"Puzzles" by Anonymous 39

"Addressing Injustices" Mathew Griffin 42

"My Unpopular Decision" Shiv M. Gaglani 44

"Healing Beyond Borders" Mathew Griffin 46

"Scientific Sparks" Ariela Koehler 48

"Researching Cancer" Anonymous 50

Chapter 6 Entrepreneurship 53

"The Computer Doctor" Mathew Griffin 53

Chapter 7 Challenges 57

"Unshakable Worth" Sarah Langberg 57

"No Longer Invisible" Angelica 60

"Power of People" Suzanne Arrington 63

"Self Mind" Timothy Nguyen Le 66

"A Summer of Stem Cells" Ariela Koehler 69

"All Worth It" by Anonymous 72

Chapter 8 Community Service 75

"Music from the Heart" by Anonymous 75

"Precious Planet" Pen-Yuan Hsing 77

"Cuddle Buddies" Anastasia Fullerton 80

"Best Reader" Manika 82

Chapter 9 Family 87

"Box of Chocolates" Alex Volodarsky 87

"Dear Santa" Anonymous 91

"Lessons from the Immigration Spectrum" Anonymous 93

Chapter 10 Heritage and Identity 97

"Heritage" Anonymous 97

"Abuelo" Angelica 100

"Anything Goes" Jean Gan 102

"Strength from Family Struggles" Anonymous 104

Chapter 11 Humor 109

"Exit Door" Fareez Giga 109

"Crime Scene Report" Lauren Sanders 111

Chapter 12 An Influential Person 115

"John Nash" Jonathan Cross 115

"Then and Now: How the Perseverance of a Working, Single Mother Molded the Persona of her Chinese-American Daughter" Lisa Kapp 118

Chapter 13 Issues 123

"Sustainable Development in South Africa" Steve Schwartz 123

"A Young Voice for Seniors" Ariela Koehler 126

Chapter 14 Leadership 129

"Birthing a Business" Jason Y. Shah 129

"Beyond Dictionary Definitions of Leadership" Victoria Tomaka 132

Chapter 15 Personal Growth 137

"Beauty" Anonymous 137

"Keeping up with the Beat of the Drum" Shreyans C. Parekh 140

"Hurricane Transformations" Jason Y. Shah 142

"The House on Wellington Avenue" Jackie Liao 145

Chapter 16 Talent 149

"A Dramatic Coup" Fareez Giga 149

"Music as My Second Language" Jean Gan 150

"My Bedroom" Fareez Giga 153

"A Special Performance" Anonymous 155

Chapter 17 Travel 157

"Extra Page" Lauren Horton 157

"Looking Beyond the Castle" Brian Aguado 160

Chapter 18 Vignette 163

"Polar Bears" Lauren Horton 163

"Moving" Laura V. Mesa 165

Chapter 19 Why Our College 169

"Exploring Life's Intricacies" Mathew Griffin 169

"Leveraging Potential" Cameron McConkey 171

"Inspiration from an Energy Conversion Machine" Anonymous 174

Chapter 20 Wait List Letter 177

"Wait List Supplement" Pen-Yuan Hsing 177

Chapter 21 Advice on Topics from Ivy League Students 181

Chapter 22 Advice on Writing from Ivy League Students 199

Chapter 23 What I Learned from Writing the Essay 215

About the Authors 230

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