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50 successful Ivy League application essays
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Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 1001 Ways to Pay for College , Accepted! 50 Successful Business School Admission Essays , Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays , Adult Students , Get Free Cash for College , Get Into Any College , How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay , and Sallie Mae How to Pay for College . They live in Belmont, California.
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The powerful tools in this invaluable revised and updated 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 125 Essay Mistakes that Guarantee Failurep. 1
Chapter 2Ivy League Admissions Officer Q&Ap. 13
Chapter 3Academic Passionp. 21
"Bacon"    Mariam Nassirip. 21
"Beyond Plug-and-Chug Math"    Anonymousp. 24
"A Different Kind of Love"    Oana Emilia Butnareanup. 26
"From Flaubert to Frisbee"    Aditya Kumarp. 29
"Raising the Bar"    Anonymousp. 32
Chapter 4Books/Literaturep. 35
"Rosencrantz and Guildenstem"    Fareez Gigap. 35
Chapter 5Careerp. 39
"Puzzles" by Anonymousp. 39
"Addressing Injustices"    Mathew Griffinp. 42
"My Unpopular Decision"    Shiv M. Gaglanip. 44
"Healing Beyond Borders"    Mathew Griffinp. 46
"Scientific Sparks"    Ariela Koehlerp. 48
"Researching Cancer"    Anonymousp. 50
Chapter 6Entrepreneurshipp. 53
"The Computer Doctor"    Mathew Griffinp. 53
Chapter 7Challengesp. 57
"Unshakable Worth"    Sarah Langbergp. 57
"No Longer Invisible"    Angelicap. 60
"Power of People"    Suzanne Arringtonp. 63
"Self Mind"    Timothy Nguyen Lep. 66
"A Summer of Stem Cells"    Ariela Koehlerp. 69
"All Worth It" by Anonymousp. 72
Chapter 8Community Servicep. 75
"Music from the Heart" by Anonymousp. 75
"Precious Planet"    Pen-Yuan Hsingp. 77
"Cuddle Buddies"    Anastasia Fullertonp. 80
"Best Reader"    Manikap. 82
Chapter 9Familyp. 87
"Box of Chocolates"    Alex Volodarskyp. 87
"Dear Santa"    Anonymousp. 91
"Lessons from the Immigration Spectrum"    Anonymousp. 93
Chapter 10Heritage and Identityp. 97
"Heritage"    Anonymousp. 97
"Abuelo"    Angelicap. 100
"Anything Goes"    Jean Ganp. 102
"Strength from Family Struggles"    Anonymousp. 104
Chapter 11Humorp. 109
"Exit Door"    Fareez Gigap. 109
"Crime Scene Report"    Lauren Sandersp. 111
Chapter 12An Influential Personp. 115
"John Nash"    Jonathan Crossp. 115
"Then and Now: How the Perseverance of a Working, Single Mother Molded the Persona of her Chinese-American Daughter"    Lisa Kappp. 118
Chapter 13Issuesp. 123
"Sustainable Development in South Africa"    Steve Schwartzp. 123
"A Young Voice for Seniors"    Ariela Koehlerp. 126
Chapter 14Leadershipp. 129
"Birthing a Business"    Jason Y. Shahp. 129
"Beyond Dictionary Definitions of Leadership"    Victoria Tomakap. 132
Chapter 15Personal Growthp. 137
"Beauty"    Anonymousp. 137
"Keeping up with the Beat of the Drum"    Shreyans C. Parekhp. 140
"Hurricane Transformations"    Jason Y. Shahp. 142
"The House on Wellington Avenue"    Jackie Liaop. 145
Chapter 16Talentp. 149
"A Dramatic Coup"    Fareez Gigap. 149
"Music as My Second Language"    Jean Ganp. 150
"My Bedroom"    Fareez Gigap. 153
"A Special Performance"    Anonymousp. 155
Chapter 17Travelp. 157
"Extra Page"    Lauren Hortonp. 157
"Looking Beyond the Castle"    Brian Aguadop. 160
Chapter 18Vignettep. 163
"Polar Bears"    Lauren Hortonp. 163
"Moving"    Laura V. Mesap. 165
Chapter 19Why Our Collegep. 169
"Exploring Life's Intricacies"    Mathew Griffinp. 169
"Leveraging Potential"    Cameron McConkeyp. 171
"Inspiration from an Energy Conversion Machine"    Anonymousp. 174
Chapter 20Wait List Letterp. 177
"Wait List Supplement"    Pen-Yuan Hsingp. 177
Chapter 21Advice on Topics from Ivy League Studentsp. 181
Chapter 22Advice on Writing from Ivy League Studentsp. 199
Chapter 23What I Learned from Writing the Essayp. 215
About the Authorsp. 230
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