Write Out Loud: Use the Story To College Method, Write Great Application Essays, and Get into Your Top Choice College [NOOK Book]

Overview

Tell your story and connect with the college of your dreams for admission and financial aid

"If everyone wrote essays like this, admissions officers would have to take every student's essay seriously."
--Steve LeMenager
, founder of Edvice Princeton and former director of admission at Princeton University

"With patience, contagious confidence, and plenty of real-life ...

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Write Out Loud: Use the Story To College Method, Write Great Application Essays, and Get into Your Top Choice College

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Overview

Tell your story and connect with the college of your dreams for admission and financial aid

"If everyone wrote essays like this, admissions officers would have to take every student's essay seriously."
--Steve LeMenager
, founder of Edvice Princeton and former director of admission at Princeton University

"With patience, contagious confidence, and plenty of real-life examples, Carol illuminates a process that can help anyone discover and articulate those stories that will help them stand out in their own way, and in their own words."
--Shelley Krause
, college counselor, Rutgers Preparatory School, and curator of the College Lists Wiki

"Because the college essay offers applicants their lone opportunity to demonstrate what truly matters to them, and to share the qualities that make them unique, the stakes could not be any higher. With meticulous detail, Barash delivers a foolproof plan for helping college applicants strike essay gold."
--Chad Troutwine
, cofounder and CEO of Veritas Prep

To write out loud is to write and speak in a way that makes people pay attention. Write Out Loud teaches the Story To College program--with its proven storytelling-based approach, the Moments Method. This program has helped more than 8,000 students from high schools in the United States and around the world create effective, authentic application essays to win admission and financial aid at their top college choices. Write Out Loud enables anyone to masterfully integrate past experiences and future ambitions into successful application essays and interviews. The guided exercises help college essay writers get past the stress and confusion of writing about themselves.

Write Out Loud reveals how to find unique topics for compelling essays, shows how to make the transition from a spoken story to a written essay, and provides examples of successful essays. The book also walks students through the Common Application, the online college application form used by more than 500 colleges and universities in the US and abroad.

Inside, students will find:

  • The 12 tools of the Moments Method
  • Specific guidance for completing the Common Application
  • Charts and checklists to organize essays and supplements
  • Insight from admissions officers on what characterizes a successful college application essay

With Write Out Loud, students build confidence to show their best selves in writing and to gain admission into the college or university they desire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071828291
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 9/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,415,572
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Carol Barash
Carol Barash, PhD founded Story To College in 2010 to teach students from around the world how to advocate for themselves in school, work and life in the 21st century. She brings 20 years of education, technology and business leadership to Story To College. After gaining her BA summa cum laude from Yale, her MA from the University of Virginia, and her PhD from Princeton University, Carol taught at Princeton, the University of Michigan, and Rutgers University, where she was a faculty advisor to the Douglass College Admissions Committee. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities, a global think tank run by Princeton University, and Senior Vice President of Business Development for CommonHealth, part of WPP.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: FIND
Ch 1: Refresh
Ch 2: Build a Bridge
Ch 3: Transform Scripts to Stories
Ch 4: Choose a Moment

Part Two: SHAPE
Ch 5: Map It
Ch 6: Focus Out
Ch 7: Tell It Out Loud
Ch 8: Transcribe It

Part Three: PERFORM
Ch 9: Magnet and Glow
Ch 10: Explore Perspectives
Ch 11: Raise the Stakes
Ch 12: Write Out LoudCh 13: Sound Smarter--Find and Fix the 10 Most Common grammar Glitches
Ch 14: Preparing for Interviews
Ch 15: Resources for Students, Parents

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    Through NetGalley, McGraw-Hill Professional was kind enough to s

    Through NetGalley, McGraw-Hill Professional was kind enough to share a copy of this eGalley for the purposes of my reading and reviewing it. Although it was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to give a positive review.

    While I typically review books that interest me in order to provide the publisher and author with an honest review from someone who is hopefully within their target market, I’ve yet to run across a review opportunity that was so perfectly timed.

    You see, this is a book that helps high school students write the best possible college application essays, and here I sit with my younger son a high school junior with incredible college potential (he wants to go to med school and is more than capable). So not only do I get to review the book, but I get a great opportunity to see if this is something I would like to get in print format for my son.

    That answer, by the way, is a resounding yes.

    I have always been a proponent of empowering our children, and I’ve been even more adamant about that following the death of my wife two years ago. Since I don’t know when my time will come, my boys have to be as prepared for life as possible.

    One of things I really like about this book is Barash expects parents to be almost completely hands-off in the process. Encourage. Offer suggestions when asked, and only when asked. But under no circumstances fix the writing, not even a comma. Once you start doing that, it’s a slippery slope toward the parent being the author instead of the child. And if our children are going to be independent in college, why not start now?

    The most important thing is the story must be in your child’s voice. It may have flaws, it may have grammatical or spelling errors, but most of all it must be honest. Since the admission staff at colleges read hundreds if not thousands of these every year, it’s easy for them to spot a stilted essay that is trying to tell them what the author thinks they want to hear.

    Scrap that. As a prospective college student, tell them the story you want to tell. Or better yet, the one you have to tell.

    The vast majority of the book consists of exercises to assist the student in writing the best possible essay. Make no mistake about it, the book is intended as a companion to the Story To College website, with which Barash is also affiliated, but it does stand on its own. While I didn’t do all the exercises, as I didn’t want to have any pre-conceived notions of what my son might or might not want to write, I did skim through them to see what they were trying to accomplish, and I am impressed.

    Bottom line is, if you have a student who has any interest in going to college, this book could be of great benefit to him or her. I will definitely be getting a print copy for my son.

    Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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