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The College Application Essay: Guidelines for Writing Unique Essays, Plus...by Sarah Myers Mcginty
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Revised edition of a classic bestseller, previous editions have sold over 100,000 copies, that helps college-bound students write great application essays.
This new edition of the classic bestseller is a treasure for students who want to write vivid, distinctive essays and personal statements to support their college applications. The College Application Essay builds on what students have already learned in high school to strengthen their writing skills, and then applies those lessons to college applications in particular. In a friendly, conversational tone, the guide helps students find their voice and be "heard" on paper by emphasizing both the thinking process and the technical work of writing.
This revised edition includes dozens of current essay questions and topics, with multiple response strategies; advice from admissions directors and guidance professionals, who offer wisdom and insights about how applicants' essays are evaluated; and sample essyas written by real students. A new guide for parents shows how they can support - without interfering in - the writing process.
A winning college application essay takes admission officers beyond the numbers and shows them what a student really cares about, how he/she thinks and who he/she really is. This easy-to-follow guide shows students how to maximize the opportunity to "tell us about yourself" by using the tools and skills they already have. Includes:
Ways to choose a topic
Strategies for distinctive answers
Remedies for procrastinators
Jumpstarts for writer's block
Tips on editing
Over 50 real application questions
Sample essays by real students
Critiques of the sample essays guide students toward the best practices and away from common mistakes.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 136-137) and index.
About the Author
Sarah Myers McGinty, who earned her Ph.D. at New York University and is currently a university supervisor in the Harvard Teacher Education Program, has extensive experience as a teacher and as a college admission director. She is a resident of Boston, Massachusetts.
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