Peterson's Best College Admission Essays

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50 Sample essays from successful college applications give a great idea of what colleges arelooking for, also includes tips and advice on writing the essay, including content, style and format. VERY creative and compelling essays get creative juices flowing. Expert advice from admissions officials at Yale, Stanford, Penn, and other top schools on essays, admissions, and more is also included.
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Overview

50 Sample essays from successful college applications give a great idea of what colleges arelooking for, also includes tips and advice on writing the essay, including content, style and format. VERY creative and compelling essays get creative juices flowing. Expert advice from admissions officials at Yale, Stanford, Penn, and other top schools on essays, admissions, and more is also included.
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  • Tips on content, theme, style and format, and the impact on the essay
  • Advice from admissions officers at Yale, Stanford, Penn, and other top schools on essays, admissions, interviews, and more
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768908497
  • Publisher: Peterson's
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Insights on Essays 3
Essay Topics on the "Common Application" 4
The Role of the Essay in the Admission Process 6
10 Steps to an Awesome Admission Essay 7
1. Learn More about Yourself 7
2. Do Some Serious Brainstorming 9
3. Check Out the College's Own Resources for Essay Ideas 12
4. Avoid Overused Ideas: Seek Out Overlooked Ideas 14
5. Observe These DO's and DON'Ts for Theme and Content 19
6. Write, Write, and Write Some More 22
7. Impress Them with Your Style ... But Don't Resort to Gimmicks 23
8. Avoid Careless Errors and Grammatical Blunders 30
9. Obtain Useful Feedback and Fine-Tune Your Essay 31
10. Package and Present Your Essay Appropriately 33
Part 2 50 Awesome Admission Essays 39
A Revealing Look at the Real Me (7 Essays) 40
Meaningful Metaphors and Symbolic Keepsakes (6 Essays) 53
Family Ties (5 Essays) 63
Terrific Teachers (4 Essays) 72
World Views and Personal Convictions (8 Essays) 80
Lessons Learned, Setbacks, and Successes (6 Essays) 93
Preoccupations and Passions (7 Essays) 104
Clever and Creative, Witty and Whimsical (7 Essays) 118
Part 3 Advice from the Experts 135
Jane Reynolds--Dean of Admission, Amherst College 136
Theodore O'Neill--Dean of Admission, University of Chicago 138
Eric J. Furda--Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Columbia University 143
Christoph Guttentag--Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Duke University 147
Vince Cuseo--Senior Associate Dean of Admission, Grinnell College 151
Richard Avitabile--Vice Provost Enrollment Services & Planning, New York University 155
Lee Stetson--Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania 158
Joseph Allen--Dean of Admission and Financial Aid and Author of The 10-Minute Guide to Choosing a College (ARCO), University of Southern California 160
James Montoya--Former Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Stanford University 162
Barbara-Jan Wilson--Vice President for University Relations, Wesleyan University 164
Tom Parker--Director (Dean) of Admission (and Financial Aid), Williams College (Now at Amherst College) 167
Richard Shaw--Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Yale University 171
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