Greenes' Guides to Educational Planning: Presenting Yourself Successfully to Col

Greenes' Guides to Educational Planning: Presenting Yourself Successfully to Col

by Howard Greene, Matthew W Greene


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In recent years, as the number of applications to top colleges has risen dramatically and fewer schools have been able to grant personal interviews to most applicants, the written application has become one of the most important factors for admissions committees. Marketing yourself successfully to schools — making yourself stand out from the thousands of high school seniors applying to college — is no easy task, but with the help of this straightforward, easy-to-follow guide you will make the most of your personal application. You will learn what kinds of essays have been successful and why and see how to write a unique personal statement that reflects your strengths. With checklists, writing samples, and advice on how to get great recommendations, Presenting Yourself Successfully to Colleges will give you all the tools you need to make your application stand out. Howard and Matthew Greene will explain how to:

  • Assess your strengths and unique characteristics
  • Assemble your application
  • Write an outstanding personal essay that represents you well
  • Create a strong resume
  • Ask for recommendations
  • Make yourself known to colleges
  • Maintain ongoing communication with colleges

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060934606
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/18/2001
Series: Greene's Guides
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Howard Greene, M.A., M.Ed., is the president of Howard Greene & Associates, the nation's leading independent educational consulting company, and is a former Princeton University admissions officer and member of the Faculty Board of Advisors. Howard has counseled thousands of students for almost forty years and has been a consultant for numerous schools, colleges, and corporations. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he holds master's degrees from Harvard and New York University. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

Matthew W. Greene, Ph.D., is Educational Director of Howard Greene & Associates. Matthew has consulted with families for a dozen years and often writes and speaks on educational planning and college admissions issues. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Matthew has taught and advised students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he earned his doctorate in public policy. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Presenting Yourself to the Colleges of Your Choice9
The Importance of Stating Your Case to the Admissions Committees9
What "Marketing Yourself" Means11
How to Assess Your Strengths and Unique Features18
When and How to Market Yourself21
Assessing the Colleges That Closely Match Your Strengths22
Communicating Your Strengths by Supplementary Documentation24
The Value of Recommendations from Those Who Can Speak to Your Strengths26
Chapter 2How to Write an Exciting Essay30
Getting Started30
Major Requirements for Good Essay Writing31
What Is a Personal Essay?33
Don't Get It Right, Get It Written!35
A Reflective Personal Statement39
A Pair of Mature Personal Essays42
Chapter 3Principles of Good College Essay Writing47
Why Do We Have to Do This Stuff?48
What Some Colleges Say about Essay Writing and Presentation49
Pieces of the Puzzle: Assembling Your Application55
Different Types of Essay Questions--Yet You Are You56
Sample Essay Questions from the Common Application and Applications from Top Schools63
Reading between the Lines of Essay Questions74
Adapting Your Work: Using the Same Essay for Multiple Topics75
The Additional Writing Sample76
Asking and Answering Your Own Question77
Dos and Don'ts of Good Essay Writing78
How You Know When You Have Written Your Best Personal Statement81
Chapter 4Types of Students and Examples of the Essays They Have Written82
The All-Around Kid82
The Athlete89
The Performing or Creative Artist100
The Liberal Artist113
The Research Scientist122
What I Stand For: The Student with a Passion and a Statement to Make130
The Survivor144
The International Student151
The Expatriate153
The Student with a Learning Disability or Special Needs165
The Late Bloomer173
The Fallen Angel: The Student with Something Negative to Explain177
Special Circumstances178
The Postgraduate or Student Taking a Year Out183
The Transfer Student188
Miscellania: Other Strong Examples of Writing on Different Topics194
Now That You Have Written Your Essays...206
Chapter 5What Else? Marketing and Presenting Yourself through Supplementary Materials and Communication208
Marketing and Presenting Yourself208
Reporting New Developments to Colleges As They Occur211
Putting Together a Strong Resume212
Contacting Supporters and Writing Letters225
Asking for Recommendations225
Letters from Others226
Letters from You236
Assembling and Submitting Supplementary Materials251
A Book List (Bibliography)253
In Summary256
Chapter 6Summary Checklist and Frequently Asked Questions about Presentation258
Presentation Checklist258
Frequently Asked Questions about Presentation263
A Presenter's Glossary267
Concluding Advice for Parents and Students272

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