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The competition to get into your college of choice has never been fiercer. Unfortunately, much of the application process is out of your hands. But one major aspect of the admission process is under your control—your personal statement. Your application essay provides you with the opportunity to let your true, unique and totally irresistible self shine through.
College Admission Essays For Dummies is your total guide to crafting application essays that will make people sit up and take notice. It demystifies the authority figures who’ll judge your work, helps you decide what to write, and then arms you with the knowledge and skills you need to write your essay on time and on target. Step by step, it walks you through the entire essay-writing process, offering priceless tips on how to:
- Choose the best topic, tone, and structure for your essay
- Capture the crucial stories that reveal who you are
- Avoid common pitfalls that can sabotage your application
- Overcome writer’s block
- Know how to respond to unusual and off-the-wall essay questions
- Write successful short answers to specific application questions
College admission guru Geraldine Woods punctures common myths about application essays and tells you what you absolutely must do to write a good one. With the help of many inspiring and instructive killer essays, she shows you how to:
- Put yourself in the right mental state for writing well
- Gather ideas, focus on a topic and choose the best structure for your essay
- Use topic sentences, detail, and strong introductions and conclusions
- Write a rough draft
- Show rather than tell your story
- Make sure your spelling and grammar are pitch perfect
- Create smooth transitions and avoid repetitions
Your college application essay is your chance to show the committee that you’re more than just a statistic. Let College Admission Essays For Dummies show you how to write “admit-clinching” college essays.
Easy-to-follow advice for writing can't-miss, surefire admission essays. Geraldine Woods, a high school English teacher who has helped her students write successful admission essays for over 25 years, provides sample essays, reviews common essay topics that students are likely to encounter, and points out common pitfalls that make admissions staff groan.
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How to write an "admit-clinching" college admission essay
A good essay can mean the difference between getting into your first-choice college . . . and settling for a safety school. Dont worry! This friendly guide delivers just what you need to craft a memorable admission essay, including practical tips on tackling the most common essay topics and lots of inspiring examples.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
About the Author
Geraldine Woods has taught high school English for more than 25 years and advises seniors every year on college admission essays. She is also the author of Research Papers For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Putting Yourself on Paper.
Chapter 1: Becoming More Than a Statistic: What the Essay Does for You.
Chapter 2: Exploring the Subject of the Essay — Yourself.
Chapter 3: Writing for the Tired, the Poor (The Admissions Office).
Chapter 4: Keeping It Legal.
Part II: Getting Your Head Ready for Writing.
Chapter 5: Writing as Process, Not Product.
Chapter 6: Storming Your Brain: Idea Gathering Techniques.
Chapter 7: Building a Structure to Support Your Ideas.
Chapter 8: Putting It All In Order: Creating an Outline.
Part III: Writing the Rough Draft.
Chapter 9: Showing, Not Telling Your Story.
Chapter 10: Constructing Good Paragraphs.
Chapter 11: Leading with Your Best Shot.
Chapter 12: Going Out with a Bang: The Conclusion.
Chapter 13: Overcoming Writer’s Block.
Part IV: I’d Like to Finish before Retirement