On Writing the College Application Essay, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Key to Acceptance at the College of Your Choice

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What does an admissions officer look for in a college application essay?

You. It's that simple. There's no formula, no trick, no strategy, says Harry Bauld, a former Ivy League admissions officer. But with acceptance rates at all-time lows, just being yourself in an essay means understanding your readers and the unique form in which you are writing. In this fully revised and updated edition of the classic guide to writing the best essay of your life, Bauld reveals the big ...

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Overview

What does an admissions officer look for in a college application essay?

You. It's that simple. There's no formula, no trick, no strategy, says Harry Bauld, a former Ivy League admissions officer. But with acceptance rates at all-time lows, just being yourself in an essay means understanding your readers and the unique form in which you are writing. In this fully revised and updated edition of the classic guide to writing the best essay of your life, Bauld reveals the big clichés (The Trip, The Jock, Miss America, Pet Death) and helps you discover ways to come alive on the page as a real person instead of applicant number 13,791.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062123992
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 64,055
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Bauld has been a writer, teacher, and speaker for thirty years. He has worked in admissions and college counseling at high schools and universities, including Brown and Columbia, and is currently an English teacher at Horace Mann School in New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface to the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition xi

Introduciton xv

Getting Ready

1 The Gray Area 3

2 Know Your Audience 17

3 Danger: Sleepy Prose Ahead (or, The Sandman Cometh) 33

Writing

4 Chilling Out (or, Everything I Say You Can t Do, You Can Do) 41

5 Warming Up 49

6 Coming Alive 63

7 Sweetheart, Get Me Rewrite! 75

8 Tinkering 87

9 Evolution of an Essay 103

Reading

10 A Not-Brief-Enough Rant About Supplements (or, Will Someone Please Scrap the Common App?) 115

11 Exhibits: The Quick and the Dull 125

12 Anthology 145

13 Exhibits II 157

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  • Anonymous

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    The first thing I would tell someone about this book is that it

    The first thing I would tell someone about this book is that it is funny. That is great because the application process itself is so humorless.  As a professional who works with teenagers and a parent of a college applicant, I am well aware of the usual advice. There is fresh information here and more detail than any college counselor could have the time to provide. He also speaks from authority and can give an insiders perspective.  It is also just short enough that an average impatient college applicant will read it. 

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