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Veteran higher-education consultant Donald Asher demystifies the graduate school application process and offers a detailed action plan that has proved successful for some of the most competitive programs in the country. The 50 sample essays-selected from thousands of candidates-showcase the best of the best, while the Essay Hall of Shame identifies common pitfalls to avoid. Sample letters of recommendation and essays for scholarships, residencies, fellowships, and postgraduate and postdoctoral applications cover all stages of the application process.

  • Teaches how to craft a winning essay with 50 state-of-the-art samples to inspire, instruct, and all but guarantee a top-of-the-pile application.
  • Updated third edition includes an entirely new chapter dedicated to online applications and how they're managed, processed, and considered.
  • Previous editions have sold 100,000 copies.
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Editorial Reviews

A professional resume writer advises prospective applicants to graduate school, not just on the mechanics of the process, but the style, approaches, and other nuances as well. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580088725
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Career consultant DONALD ASHER is a featured speaker at more than 100 colleges and universities every year, coast to coast. A columnist for MSN Encarta and contributor to the Wall Street Journal's and, he divides his time between Nevada and San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: How to Use This Book     xi
Should You Go to Grad School, and How Are You Going to Pay for This?     1
Choosing a School or Program     13
Planning and Managing Your Application Process     27
What Happens to Your Application     46
Getting Ready to Write     55
Your First Draft: From Your Heart onto the Page     64
Subsequent Drafts: From the Page into the Reader's Brain     79
Samples, Samples, Samples     88
Letters of Recommendation     211
Resources     231
Sample Essay Index     235
General Index     239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    An Unusual Guide

    The strength of Mr. Asher's book is not, necessarily, the writing Mr. Asher inserts at the beginning and the end of the book. Rather, Mr. Asher's book is ingenious because the bulk of it is composed of writing done by other people. That is, actual exemplars of good to down right excellent specemens of graduate personal statements. I'm not the kind of person who typically uses a book like this: I consider myself a writer and I like to write. When it came to this damn statement, I felt like I needed to see what other people did, how they succeded in selling themselves to a prospective program. Mind you, the portions that Asher writes are good and helpful if you can make the excercises yours. The great thing, however, is seeing others transform themselves and their goals through their writing. Whenever I have to write a personal statement (grant, fellowship applications, etc.) I look through the sample essays to see the elements that others have used as inspiration for my own. I can see this book would not be for everyone but if you have a talent for squinting between the lines and letting your writing take off, this book may help you chart a strategy.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    great book to help construct your essay

    This book will really help prospective graduate students construct their statements of purpose with depth and clarity. It will help you to effectively communicate what your motivations are for applying to grad school, where those motivations came from and how you plan to use your degree in the future.

    Half of the book are examples of great essays and sample recommendations.

    I used this book when preparing my statement of purpose this past Fall and just received word yesterday that I got accepted into my #1 choice school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    I Wouldn't Take This Advice

    Mr. Asher's book is not very useful for a college senior who is a minority woman applying to medical school. I believe it is impossible to offer admissions advice without knowing the people involved. Mr. Asher is unable to tailor his advice to meet the needs of individuals. And he discounts the role that other factors play in the admissions process.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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