Perfect Phrases for College Application Essays

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Perfect Phrases to make an application essay stand out from the crowdPerfect Phrases for College Application Essayshas the tools to communicate exactly what you want to say, with the style and panache that display your individual intelligence and creativity to the application board. This vital resource gives you all the phrases you need to get things done, exactly the way you want it done, right at your fingertips!

Author Biography

Sheila Bender has provided teacher training in WA, AZ, and CA. In 2002, she developed and launched www.writingitreal.com as a vehicle to help others foster their best writing.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
About the Authorp. xix
Building a Foundation for Writing Your Essayp. 1
Writing the College Application Essay Is a Daunting Task: What to Do About Itp. 3
Make It a Goal to Trust Your Experiencep. 5
A Look at the Application Essay Questionsp. 8
Help Getting from "Having to Write the Essay" to "Having Written It"p. 14
Perfect Phrases for Developing and Writing College Application Essaysp. 17
Perfect Phrases for Inventorying Experiences That Highlight Your Attributes and Attitudesp. 19
Perfect Phrases for Focusing on Significant Personal Achievementp. 21
Perfect Phrases for Focusing on Your Interests and How They Shape Youp. 25
Perfect Phrases for Focusing on Character Traitsp. 28
Perfect Phrases for Focusing on Your Desires and Goals for the Futurep. 34
Perfect Phrases for Figuring Out Why You Want to Go to a Particular Schoolp. 38
Perfect Phrases for Finding Out What You Will Bring to the School You Enter and to Your Classmatesp. 41
Perfect Phrases for Addressing Diversity of Experiencep. 43
Perfect Phrases for Showing the Way You Take Initiativep. 46
Perfect Phrases for Showing Your Leadership Qualitiesp. 48
What's Next?p. 51
Perfect Phrases for Significant Experience or Ethical Dilemma Essaysp. 52
Perfect Phrases for Finding Your Material as You Beginp. 54
"This Is a Story About..."p. 57
Perfect Phrase: "When I..." for Ethical Dilemmap. 60
Perfect Phrases for Gathering More Specific Images from Your Experiencep. 63
Perfect Phrases for Further Researching Your Experience and Its Meaningp. 65
Perfect Phrases for Articulating Where Your Story Is Going in Terms of Insightp. 67
Personal, Local, National, or International Concernsp. 69
Perfect Phrases for Mining Your Interest in and Connection to Social and Political Issuesp. 70
Perfect Phrases for Stating What Your Interest in a Social Issue Means to Youp. 73
Perfect Phrases for Finding a Larger Picture than Your Initial Entry Pointp. 75
Perfect Phrases for Citing How You Will Carry Your Interest Forwardp. 78
Perfect Phrases for Creating a Thesis Statement That Can Guide Writing about Concernsp. 80
Writing about a Person or Creative Work That Has Influenced Youp. 82
Perfect Phrases for Interviewing Yourself about Those Who Have Influenced Youp. 84
Perfect Phrases for Involving the Senses to Make the Person Real for the Readerp. 89
Perfect Phrases for Helping You Introduce the Essay as You Write about an Important Influence in Your Lifep. 92
Perfect Phrases for Evoking Particulars about What a Person Did That Was Impressivep. 96
Perfect Phrases for Articulating How You Expect to Apply What You Have Learned from This Influencep. 98
Perfect Phrases for Creating the Thesis Statement for the Influence Questionp. 100
Writing for the Diversity Questionsp. 102
Perfect Phrases for Getting at the Heart of the Diversity Essayp. 105
Perfect Phrases for Putting Culture Clashes on the Pagep. 108
Perfect Phrases for Describing What You Are Fond Of in Your Culturep. 109
Perfect Phrases for Describing Discriminationp. 110
Perfect Phrases for Describing How Feeling Like an Outsider Develops Characterp. 111
Perfect Phrases for Talking about the Value of Cross-Cultural Experiencep. 112
Perfect Phrases for Talking about How Cross-Cultural Experiences Help One Set Goalsp. 113
Perfect Phrases for Gathering the Details of Your Diversity Experiencep. 114
Perfect Phrases for Writing the Diversity Essay Thesis Statementp. 117
Writing on the Topic of Your Choicep. 120
Perfect Phrases for Writing about Special Needs or Reasons for Lower-than-Expected School Performancep. 123
Perfect Phrases for Writing about an Unconventional High School or Post-High School Educational Experience that Lowered Your Gradesp. 126
Using the Topic of Your Choice for Writing the "Why This Particular School" Essayp. 130
Perfect Phrases for Using the Topic of Your Choice for Writing the "Why This Particular School" Essayp. 132
Writing the Thesis Statement for the Topic of Your Choice Optionp. 138
A Quick Look at The Common Application Short Answer Questionp. 140
Perfect Phrases to Help You Assess Your Activitiesp. 142
Perfect Phrases for Opening the 150-Word Essayp. 148
Perfect Phrases for Continuing the 150-Word Essayp. 150
Answering Non-Common Application Essay Questions and Supplemental Short Answer Questionsp. 152
Perfect Phrases for Writing about a Recent Experience to Illustrate That You Are a School's Kind of Candidatep. 154
More Types of Supplemental Questionsp. 156
Perfect Phrases for Focusing on What the Rest of Your Application Does Not Show the Admissions Committeep. 157
Perfect Phrases for Revealing Something Quirky about Yourselfp. 160
Perfect Phrases for Describing Intellectual Interests, Ideas, or Experiences and Why You Find Them Excitingp. 164
Perfect Phrases for Writing about Stretching and Thinking in New Waysp. 168
Perfect Phrases for Showing Who You Are in a Vivid Mannerp. 172
Perfect Phrases for Thinking about Things Going Differentlyp. 179
Perfect Phrases for Understanding Short Story Basicsp. 182
Perfect Phrases for Discussing Riskp. 186
Perfect Phrases for Thinking about Unsatisfied Intellectual Passions and How to Use Them for the Greater Goodp. 190
Perfect Phrases for Evaluating the Design Optionp. 192
Perfect Phrases for Articulating a Major Project Ideap. 194
Perfect Phrases for Describing How You Have Grown and How This Particular College Will Help You Continue to Growp. 196
Perfect Phrases for Describing How You Have Begun Learning Who You Are and How This Specific College Will Help You Continue to Do Thatp. 199
Perfect Phrases for Organizing and Writing about Several Accomplishments and Experiences in One Essay That Show Your Superior Skills and Personalityp. 201
Perfect Phrases for Showing Your Potential to Contributep. 203
Perfect Phrases for Answering the Obstacles Questionp. 205
Tricks of the Trade for Polished Essaysp. 207
On Writing Strong Beginnings, Middles, and Endingsp. 209
On Openingsp. 209
Perfect Phrases for Visualizing Moments and Situationsp. 212
Opening Essays with Direct Speech or a Quotep. 214
Perfect Phrases for Helping You Remember Dialogue or Quotes That Could Open an Essayp. 217
Opening Essays with Assertions or Factsp. 219
Perfect Phrases for Writing Assertions That Open an Essayp. 221
On Middlesp. 223
Perfect Phrases for Making Transitionsp. 225
Perfect Phrases for Carrying Essays Forwardp. 230
Additional Perfect Phrases for Carrying Your Essay Forwardp. 233
On Endingsp. 235
Questions for Evaluating Your Endingp. 236
Additional Editing and Formatting Tipsp. 238
Editing and Polishing Your Essayp. 238
Common Grammar Errors to Watch Forp. 238
Perfect Words for Shortening Phrasesp. 243
Formatting and Uploading Your Essayp. 246
Perfect Phrases for Congratulating Yourself and Celebratingp. 248
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