Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps, Third Edition

Crafting a Winning Personal Statement

Author: Alan Gelb

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0399578706

Category: Study Aids

Page: 240

View: 7398

The definitive guide to writing an amazing essay and mastering the college applications process. Writing a memorable personal statement can seem like an overwhelming project for a young college applicant, but college essay coach Alan Gelb's organized and encouraging step-by-step instructions take the intimidation out of the process, enabling applicants to craft a meaningful and polished college admissions essay. Gelb teaches students to identify an engaging topic and use creative writing techniques to compose a vivid statement that will reflect their individuality. A consistent top-seller in the college prep category, Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Easy Steps has been revised to include extra information on supplemental and waitlist essays. This much-needed handbook will help applicants win over the admissions dean, while preparing them to write better papers once they've been accepted. For more, visit the author’s website at www.conquerthecollegeessay.com.

Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps, Second Edition

Crafting a Winning Personal Statement

Author: Alan Gelb

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607743671

Category: Study Aids

Page: 224

View: 6386

A guide to crafting a meaningful and polished college admissions essay that gets students into the school of their dreams by expressing their unique personality, strengths, and goals. Stand out from the crowd with a memorable, meaningful personal statement that will capture the attention of college admissions officers. Writing a college admissions essay is no easy task—but with college essay coach and New York Times contributor Alan Gelb’s accessible and encouraging step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to write an honest, one-of-a-kind essay that really shines. Gelb’s ten-step approach has garnered great results for the students who have tried it, many of whom were accepted into their dream schools (Harvard, Brown, Yale, and more). This to-the-point handbook shows you how to identify an engaging essay topic, and then teaches you how to use creative writing techniques to craft a narrative that expresses your unique personality, strengths, and goals. Whether you’re an A-student looking for an extra boost or a less-confident writer who needs more intensive help, Gelb’s reassuring and concise guidance will help you every step of the way, from your initial draft to final revision. In the end, you will have a well-polished, powerful, and profound personal statement that you can feel proud of—a college essay that doesn’t feel “pre-fab,” but is a real reflection of your own individuality.

Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps

Crafting a Winning Personal Statement

Author: Alan Gelb

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780307768513

Category: Study Aids

Page: 208

View: 1004

Writing a memorable personal statement can seem like an overwhelming project for a young college applicant, but college essay coach Alan Gelb's holistic strategy and reassuring voice takes out the intimidation factor. Students will identify an engaging topic and use creative writing techniques to compose a vivid statement that will reflect their individuality. A much-needed supplement to other college entrance guides, this useful handbook will help students win over the admissions dean, while preparing them to write better papers once they've been accepted. A guide to crafting a meaningful and polished college admissions essay that expresses the applicant's unique personality, strengths, and goals. Step-by-step instructions lead students from idea to initial draft, through revisions, and to a final version ready for submission. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 69 percent of high school graduates enroll in college.ReviewsPublisher's Weekly, March 24th 2008: Included in test prep/college feature article From the Trade Paperback edition.

The College Application Essay, 6th Ed.

Author: Sarah Myers McGinty

Publisher: College Board

ISBN: 1457304317

Category: Study Aids

Page: 176

View: 566

This popular guide helps students write essays that win admission Winning college application essays take admission officers beyond the numbers and shows them what the students really care about, how they think, and who they really are. But even the best of students can be daunted by the task. This easy-to-follow guide provides the tools to tell a memorable story. Updated to reflect recent changes to the all-important Common Application, which nearly all applicants to competitive colleges use, this book provides a clear path to an essay that says, "Pick me!" Features: -Best approaches to the new Common Application questions -Clues to how colleges read essays -Simple steps for successful drafts -Revision strategies -Quick fixes for procrastinators -The right role of parents in the process Critiques of actual sample essays guide students toward the best practices and away from common mistakes. No other book on this topic has this breadth and depth of expertise.

Peterson's Best College Admission Essays

Author: Mark Alan Stewart,Cynthia C. Muchnick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781435290655

Category: Study Aids

Page: 175

View: 650

Discusses the importance of the college admissions essay, looks at examples of successful personal statements, and offers advice on planning, organizing, and preparing a personal essay.

Having the Last Say

Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story

Author: Alan Gelb

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399174877

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 573

As the baby-boomer generation ages, its members are looking ahead to the biggest challenge of all- making sense of life in its third act. Having the Last Saytakes life review out of the realm of memoir writing and journaling - making the rich and timeless tradition of authentic storytelling accessible to those who have never considered themselves 'writers.' In creating 'legacies' in the form of short personal narratives, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the people and events that have shaped your life and your values, and to share these stories with those who matter most. Gelb's reassuring and straightforward advice will help you every step of the way, from identifying an engaging topic to employing creative writing techniques in order to construct a compelling story. 'Having the Last Saymakes you want to pick up a pen and write - even if you're certain that you're not a writer. Alan Gelb gives you a reason to try, and the conviction that you can. Perhaps you want to convey a deeply held value, describe a passion, reveal a bit of family history that shaped you. Follow Gelb's clear instructions about how to craft a short piece, and voilà, you'll find that you've expressed something heartfelt and filled with meaning.' Janna Malamud Smith, author of An Absorbing Errand- How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery'With humor, compassion, and an expert's understanding of the difficulties inherent in putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys), writing coach Alan Gelb offers a step-by-step guide to all of us who yearn to examine our lives, validate our unique individuality, and create a valuable and touching slice of family history to bequeath to our offspring.' Katherine Ketcham, coauthor of Experiencing Spirituality and The Spirituality of Imperfection

How to Prepare a Standout College Application

Expert Advice that Takes You from LMO* (*Like Many Others) to Admit

Author: Alison Cooper Chisolm,Anna Ivey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118702069

Category: Study Aids

Page: 352

View: 9863

Demystifying the process of completing a college application Written by two former admissions officers at top universities and current admissions coaches, this book is a must-have for preparing a winning college application. The authors reveal the mystery behind what college admissions officers are looking for and show applicants how to leverage their credentials, stand out in the over-crowded applicants' pool, and make a genuine, memorable impression. This is the book that will help the college-bound get off the "like many others" pile and onto the acceptance list. Includes instructions and examples for every component of the college application, from writing the essay to answering questions like "Why do you want to go to College X?" Shows how to avoid underestimating the importance of critical features on any application Includes the latest information on the Common Application 4.0 and corrects outdated, holdover advice still stressed in many other books This book is filled with step-by-step advice that students and parents can use immediately and will refer to again and again.

College Essay Essentials

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay

Author: Ethan Sawyer

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492635138

Category: Study Aids

Page: 256

View: 5095

Writing an amazing college admission essay is easier than you think! So you're a high school senior given the task of writing a 650-word personal statement for your college application. Do you tell the story of your life, or a story from your life? Do you choose a single moment? If so, which one? The options seem endless. Lucky for you, they're not. College counselor Ethan Sawyer (aka The College Essay Guy) will show you that there are only four (really, four!) types of college admission essays. And all you have to do to figure out which type is best for you is answer two simple questions: 1. Have you experienced significant challenges in your life? 2. Do you know what you want to be or do in the future? With these questions providing the building blocks for your essay, Sawyer guides you through the rest of the process, from choosing a structure to revising your essay, and answers the big questions that have probably been keeping you up at night: How do I brag in a way that doesn't sound like bragging? and How do I make my essay, like, deep? Packed with tips, tricks, exercises, and sample essays from real students who got into their dream schools, College Essay Essentials is the only college essay guide to make this complicated process logical, simple, and (dare we say it?) a little bit fun.

Write Your Way In

Crafting an Unforgettable College Admissions Essay

Author: Rachel Toor

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022638392X

Category: Reference

Page: 164

View: 7881

Writing, for most of us, is bound up with anxiety. It’s even worse when it feels like your whole future—or at least where you’ll spend the next four years in college—is on the line. It’s easy to understand why so many high school seniors put off working on their applications until the last minute or end up with a generic and clichéd essay. The good news? You already have the “secret sauce” for crafting a compelling personal essay: your own experiences and your unique voice. The best essays rarely catalog how students have succeeded or achieved. Good writing shows the reader how you’ve struggled and describes mistakes you’ve made. Excellent essays express what you’re fired up about, illustrate how you think, and illuminate the ways you’ve grown. More than twenty million students apply to college every year; many of them look similar in terms of test scores, grades, courses taken, extracurricular activities. Admissions officers wade through piles of files. As an applicant, you need to think about what will interest an exhausted reader. What can you write that will make her argue to admit you instead of the thousands of other applicants? A good essay will be conversational and rich in vivid details, and it could only be written by one person—you. This book will help you figure out how to find and present the best in yourself. You’ll acquire some useful tools for writing well—and may even have fun—in the process.

Graduate Admissions Essays

Write Your Way Into the Graduate School of Your Choice

Author: Donald Asher

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 1607743213

Category: Study Aids

Page: 241

View: 7311

Offers tips on writing an essay for admission to graduate school, provides an explanation of the admissions process, gives advice on securing letters of recommendation, and features resources for locating scholarships.

50 Successful Harvard Application Essays

What Worked for Them Can Help You Get into the College of Your Choice

Author: Staff of the Harvard Crimson

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250127564

Category: Study Aids

Page: 208

View: 4134

With talented applicants coming from the top high schools as well as the pressure to succeed from family and friends, it’s no wonder that writing college application essays is one of the most stressful tasks high schoolers face. Add in how hard it is to get started or brag about accomplishments or order stories for maximum effect, and it’s a wonder that any ever get written. To help, this completely new edition of 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays, edited by the staff of the Harvard Crimson, gives readers the most inspiring approaches, both conventional and creative, that won over admissions officers at Harvard University, the nation’s top ranked college. From chronicling personal achievements to detailing unique talents, the topics covered in these essays open applicants up to new techniques to put their best foot forward. It teaches students how to: - Get started - Stand out - Structure the best possible essay - Avoid common pitfalls Each essay in this collection is from a Harvard student who made the cut and is followed by analysis by the staff of The Harvard Crimson where strengths and weakness are detailed to show readers how they can approach their own stories and ultimately write their own high-caliber essay. 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays’ all-new essays and straightforward advice make it the first stop for applicants who are looking to craft essays that get them accepted to the school of their dreams.

Escape Essay Hell!

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Narrative College Application Essays

Author: Janine Robinson

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781492855392

Category: Education

Page: 76

View: 3339

Escape Essay Hell! is a fast-and-easy guide to writing narrative-style essays for college application essays. Janine Robinson, an English teacher and professional writer who has tutored college-bound students on these essays for years, acts as a personal writing coach to guide and cheer students through this dreaded process. College admissions "experts" tell students to "Tell a story," or "Make the essay about you!," or "Be an individual." And this is all correct. But no one ever explains exactly HOW they can do this. Until now. In her motivating guide, Janine takes students through 10 simple steps to find engaging topics and then craft compelling essays using storytelling writing techniques. Students will learn how to identify their unique defining qualities, write engaging mini-stories called anecdotes, and use a powerful Show and Tell writing formula. Escape Essay Hell! can help students write personal statements and respond to prompts for The Common Application, public university, private college, supplemental, graduate school and scholarship essays. By following these informative and inspiring steps, students will escape Essay Hell in no time at all--and have their best shot at landing in their dream school!

Crushing the Common App Essay

A Foolproof Guide to Getting Into Your Top College

Author: Julie Ferber Frank

Publisher: Spark Notes

ISBN: 9781411479104

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 2079

"With candor, humor, and tons of tips, [this book] leads you step by step through the entire process of crafting a killer college application essay. See how to brainstorm ideas, use easy-to-understand examples as a model, and read inspiring real-life admissions success stories"--Amazon.com.

Personal Statement

Author: Jason Odell Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985895679

Category: High school students

Page: 216

View: 3095

"The road to Harvard is paved with good intentions.Getting into college has never been harder. Can't rely on that perfect SAT score or a 5 on your AP Mandarin exam. And field hockey or basketball? Please. The real sport is Volunteering. This year, seniors all over Connecticut are positively euphoric over a natural disaster that's promising epic opportunities. Let the games begin!" -- Back cover.

Getting it Right

Milady's Survival Guide for Cosmetology Students

Author: Alan Gelb,Karen Levine

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781401817329

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

View: 3567

Presents practical advice for cosmetology students from fellow students, teachers, and professionals, providing hundreds of tips arranged by topic.

Cool Colleges

For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late Blooming, and Just Plain Differen t

Author: Donald Asher

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0307797708

Category: Study Aids

Page: 304

View: 9455

Fully revised since the first edition, COOL COLLEGES covers the most exciting schools in the U.S. and Canada, with a new chapter on eco schools, an update on tuition-free schools, and the total low-down on the so-called top-ranked schools. Are you hyper-intelligent? Self-directed? A late-bloomer? Or just different? Then you need a great school that will challenge, nurture, inspire, and motivate you-and COOL COLLEGES has got '¬?em. It will also give you the scoop on: What the Ivy league is and what it really wants Totally free schools, including one where financial need is a requirement for admission Universities that don'¬?t give grades Schools that don'¬?t want your SAT scores Data on the highest (and lowest) paying majors The schools that graduate the most millionaires Men'¬?s, women'¬?s, and minority-focused colleges Schools where you can design your own degree program A college where you can hike and camp your way to a degree A college that runs its own ranch on an 80-square-mile campus Science and engineering schools where undergrads get their own labs The most competitive colleges, including one that rejects 95% of applicants Campuses where students love to study, even on Saturday nights Schools that offer programs in computer game studies, comedy, auctioneering, special-effects makeup, and more Plus a link to the Web addresses for every college and university in the United States and Canada.COOL COLLEGES is the resource for finding your dream school-and gives you the edge you'¬?ll need to get accepted. Reviews"Worth a look, if you'¬?re headed for college or getting ready to apply."-San Diego Union Tribune I received a used copy of your book, Cool Colleges (2nd Edition) in the mail this morning and (admittedly) out of vague interest and the slight boredom that comes with not having a driver's license, I picked it up and went about my usual hole-up-in-my-bedroom-with-new-book-and-blinds-down-and-stay-holed-until-I-have-finished-the-text-in-it's-entirety routine. The purpose of this message is to express my nearly inexpressible gratitude to you and your associates in research. I have read life-changing books, articles, and speeches but I have never, not once, been so deeply affected by a work of this type: A guidebook? I have perused U.S. News & World Report's 2007 College Guide and the Newsweek/Kaplan 2007 College Guide, each with their individual talents and faults, but your book was different. For once I felt like the book was directed to students such as myself. I'm not an athlete and I'm no an academic superstar: at my school, that's what it takes to be a favorite. I am just another mediocre teenager in millions who wants to save the world. Your book made me feel, for once, as though someone was looking at those of us hanging by our fingernails on the edge of being completely lost in our distinction. I love to learn for the sake of learning and not because I'm aiming for any star-studded diplomas or accreditations, but because there is so much to learn. Your book not only allowed me to see that there were other "Lost Kids" (that's what my guidance counselor called me) but further that there were places trying to find us because we aren't as lost as some of our superiors like to think. Again Sir, thank you for all your work. It has not gone unnoticed nor was it in vain. If nothing else, you made at least one girl's life (and future) a little brighter. -Carina, 17St. Petersburg, FL From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Berkeley Book of College Essays

Personal Statements for California Universities and Other Selective Schools

Author: Janet Huseby

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781933330600

Category: Education

Page: 159

View: 732

This lively collection of successful college admissions essays from the kids at Berkeley High reflects the diversity and eclectic interests of urban and suburban students at public schools where academic ambition, gender issues, life on the streets, and love for math, music, and art are all a part of the mix.

Cracking The Hidden Job Market

How to Find Opportunity in Any Economy

Author: Donald Asher

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 158008639X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 3419

Can’t find a job? Maybe you’re seeing only half the picture! Half the job market is invisible Are you spending all your time applying to posted job openings—postings that draw hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of applications? No matter how perfect you are for the job, there is always someone else who’s a little more qualified, more experienced. The key to success in the current job market is breaking through to the hidden job market. Over half of all jobs go to someone who did not apply to a posted opening at all. What are they doing and how are they doing it? They’re finding new jobs before the posting hits the Internet. Career guru Donald Asher offers proven strategies for finding great opportunities in any industry. With Cracking the Hidden Job Market you’ll stop wasting time and effort and beat the job-search odds by learning how to: • find jobs that are never posted anywhere • get complete strangers to help you find a job • convince potential employers to give you an interview—even when they’re “not hiring” • find—and land—the new jobs in this, or any, economy Every page of Cracking the Hidden Job Market is packed with no-frills fundamentals to change the way you look for a job, this time—and forever!

Write Successful College Applications: It's More Than Just the Essay!

Author: Cynthia Muchnick

Publisher: Peterson's

ISBN: 0768938902

Category: Study Aids

Page: 246

View: 7913

Today's college admission applications involve writing more than just one essay. The various required paragraphs and statements demand skill and finesse. Writing Successful College Applications offers vital tips and step-by-step expert advice to help students create outstanding essays to succeed in all aspects of their college applications. This new book offers proven strategies to help students craft a successful essay or personal statement, with tips and insights to guide them through the writing process. There are over 50 sample personal statements from successful students plus bonus information on how to write strong activity and academic paragraphs as well as the "Why This School" paragraph-essential pieces of college applications that should not be overlooked. Interviews with Deans of Admission offer valuable information on what colleges are really looking for in an admission essay.