College Application Hacked: 1. The College Essay: How to Write a Killer Personal Statement (Or How I Got Into MIT, Stanford, Yale, and Princeton)

College Application Hacked: 1. The College Essay: How to Write a Killer Personal Statement (Or How I Got Into MIT, Stanford, Yale, and Princeton)

by Umair Khan

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ISBN-13: 9780998927800
Publisher: Umair Khan
Publication date: 08/25/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 126
File size: 349 KB

About the Author

Umair applied to and was accepted at Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon. He received an SB in Math with Computer Science and an SM in Computer Engineering both from MIT. As a tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, California, Umair co-founded SecretBuilders, an educational games startup and Folio3, a software development house. Through the SecretBuilders Summer Program, he has mentored over 120 students on college applications. He has spoken on entrepreneurship at various universities including U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, and MIT. He also counsels students on their career paths.

Table of Contents

1. Prologue: Who, How, Why

2. The Three Things Colleges Really Want

3. The Only Thing That Matters

4. A Seven-Step Program

5. Step 1: Study the Prompts

6. Step 2: The Facts of Your Life

7. Step 3: So What’s Your Story?

8. Step 4: A Horrible First Draft

9. Step 5: Another First Draft

10. Step 6: The Hook(s)

11. Step 7: Revision and the Seven Stylistic Sins

12. What Got Me into MIT

13. Essay: The Activist Who Spoke Too Much

14. Essay: The Dentist Who Hated Bugs Bunny

15. Essay: The Student and the Social Contract

16. Essay: The Economist Who Forgot Word Economy

17. Essay: The Animal Lover with Attention Deficit

18. Essay: The Day Creativity Died

19. Essay: The Student Who Forgot the Prompt

20. Essay: The Bookworm Who Ate SAT Word Lists

21. Essay: The Boy Who Ignored Word Limits

22. Essay: We are All Chocolates

23. Essay: The Romantic Aeronautical Engineer

24. Essay: Warning – Turbulence Ahead

25. ‘Why Our College’ & Other Supplemental Essays

26. A Word on Cheating: Don’t

27. Theorem: Applying to College is Stress-free

28. The Greatest Finish Ever

Acknowledgments

Preview: College Application Hacked – Part 2

About the Author

Index

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