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The powerful tools in this invaluable resource equip students with the skills to write successful entrance essays for top-notch universities. The strengths and weaknesses of 50 application compositions from Ivy League schools, as well as Caltech, Duke, MIT, Stanford, and University of Chicago, are analyzed in detail, highlighting techniques to emulate and mistakes to avoid. College admission officers from some of these schools provide informative strategies and inside information on their writing assessment criteria. A comprehensive writing workshop provides tips toward selecting topics, developing stories, editing drafts, and applying finishing touches. Acknowledging that the written portion of the process is one of the most important factors for admission into highly selective schools, this helpful guidebook offers sage advice and inspiration to keep applicants on the right track.
Gen 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: 25 Essay Mistakes that Guarantee Failure Chapter 2: Ivy League Admissions Officer Q&A Chapter 3: Academic Passion Chapter 4: Books/Literature Chapter 5: Career Chapter 6: Entrepreneurship Chapter 7: Challenges Chapter 8: Community Service Chapter 9: Family Chapter 10: Heritage and Identity Chapter 11: Humor Chapter 12: An Influential Person Chapter 13: Issues Chapter 14: Leadership Chapter 15: Personal Growth Chapter 16: Talent Chapter 17: Travel Chapter 18: Vignette Chapter 19: Why Our College Chapter 20: Wait List Letter Chapter 21: Advice on Topics from Ivy League Students Chapter 22: Advice on Writing from Ivy League Students Chapter 23: What I Learned from Writing the Essay About the Authors