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Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays / Edition 1

Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays / Edition 1

by Gen Tanabe, Kelly Tanabe


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ISBN-13: 9781932662245
Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Edition description: Third edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Almighty Admission Essay 11

Why the admission essay is critical 12

College admission: art or science? 13

What we can teach you about successful admission essays 14

Chapter 2 The Ingredients Of The Essay 17

Why you should care about the essay 18

Essay questions you're likely to face 18

Is this a trick question? 19

The dreaded word count 20

Technology to the rescue or not 21

Chapter 3 How To Find The Perfect Topic 23

Begin with a brainstorm 24

The litmus test for originality 26

Analyze your topic's revealing qualities 27

Challenge your topic with these questions 28

Too much detail 29

Just plain dumb topics 30

Chapter 4 The Essay-Writing Workshop 35

Writing your masterpiece 36

Essential strategies for writing a great essay 36

You are the subject of your essay 37

25 worst essay-writing mistakes 40

When the big game is a big mistake 41

How humor can kill an essay 45

The importance of editors 49

Chapter 5 Recycling Your Essays 51

Don't throw away a good essay 52

The common Application: The ideal way to recycle 52

Modifying an existing essay 53

A final warning about recycling 54

Chapter 6 Roundtable With Admission Officers 55

Meet the admission officers 56

What happens to the essay once it is received? 56

Why is the admission process so subjective? 59

What's the real reason for the essay? 60

What impresses you when you read an essay? 62

What common mistakes do students make? 65

What surprises students about how you read their essays? 66

What advice do you have for writing essays? 68

Chapter 7 57 Successful Admission Essays 71

Personal beliefs & reflections 73

Memorable essay: Snow junkie 96

Influential books 97

Essays about family 107

Memorable essay: Melodies of life 113

Influential people 123

Memorable essay: Cracking your brain open 131

Things that represent me 135

Memorable essay: Spaghetti sance 144

Essays about writing essays 146

Extracurricular activities & athletics 148

Memorable essay: My new brother 168

Essays about music 169

Math & science 175

Essays about jobs & careers 183

Essays about issues 187

Overcoming a weakness or challenge 195

Essays about places 206

Chapter 8 Parting Words 211

You can write a breathtaking essay 212

How final decisions are made 213

Appendix: Web Resources 215

Index 216

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