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Write your college essay in less than a day /

by Wissner-Gross, Elizabeth.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2009Description: xxiii, 200 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780345517272 (pbk.) :; 034551727X (pbk.).Title notes: $15.00 prolam 10-2009 (db)Subject(s): College applications -- United States | Essay -- Authorship | English language -- Rhetoric
Contents:
Start with the guidelines -- Criteria and scoring points -- Your message -- Now it's time to pick a topic -- The structure of your essay -- Grade your own essay -- The diversity essay -- The why do you want to come here? essay -- Describe your most meaningful activity essay -- Describe an issue and its importance to you -- Describe a person, character, or artwork with significant influence on you.
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Strategies from a noted educational consultant on how to ease the pressure, ace the essay, and gain admission into your top-choice school<br> <br> Getting into college has become fiercely competitive, which makes the personal-essay part of the application process even more important-and stressful. But stop worrying! In Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day , Elizabeth Wissner-Gross-a top educational strategist in this area who counsels students at schools across the country-breaks down the harrowing ordeal of essay writing into manageable steps, leaving you with a fresh, polished, stand-out piece that admissions officers will love to read. Inside you'll find<br> <br> * exercises to help you select an essay topic inspired by your most notable achievements-and winning a Nobel Prize needn't be one of them<br> * timed chapters (including snack breaks) to help you brainstorm, create, and critique your essay in only five hours<br> * sample essays and grading criteria so that you can play the admissions officer-and know what you're up against<br> * advice on which writing techniques will score you points-and which could potentially sink your chances<br> <br> Accessible, savvy, and written with a student's needs and concerns in mind, Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day gives you all the tools you need to compose an original, professional essay that will help you turn your dream school into a well-deserved reality.

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Start with the guidelines -- Criteria and scoring points -- Your message -- Now it's time to pick a topic -- The structure of your essay -- Grade your own essay -- The diversity essay -- The why do you want to come here? essay -- Describe your most meaningful activity essay -- Describe an issue and its importance to you -- Describe a person, character, or artwork with significant influence on you.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">1   Start with the Guidelines (15 Minutes)    Don't Worry about the Topic Yet- First You Need to Know the Rules   Before you set out to write the essay, you need to know what the competitive colleges are looking for-what to write and what not to write-so you don't waste your time writing essays that will get you instantly rejected or deferred. In this chapter, you'll find most of the major rules. Read through all of them. This is really important, and it will take you only 15 minutes. After reading the rules, you'll find some sample essays-both good examples and bad. This will help you to see what colleges want and don't want. You'll notice that most of the sample essays in this book are shortened to save you time reading (your essay will be longer). You'll also notice that we keep referring to "Dreamschool College." That's the name of our pretend college in this book-the college we're all aiming for. And in case you're wondering, the mini essays used in this book are all based on composites and variations of actual student essay drafts. The following rules are listed in alphabetical order in case you want to refer to them quickly on another day.    NEGATIVE RULES   (Or What to Avoid Writing, if You Don't Want to Get Rejected Based on Your Essay)   RULE 1: ADVERSITIES.Do not write about adversities that aren't adverse. If you're going to write an essay about how you have faced a risk or an adversity, make sure it's really a hardship. Not getting a brand new car for your sixteenth birthday is not an adversity. Nor is having parents who won't let you hang out with your friends on a school night, or who insist that you only attend adult-supervised parties.   RULE 2: ARTSY SUBSTITUTIONS.Do not send a poem or drawing or photo in place of an essay. If the college asks you for an essay, they want to see an essay.   RULE 3: BAD-MOUTHING.Don't write mean-spirited things about other people. Don't talk of "hating" this one or that one. Don't write in your application that you're smarter than everyone else at school, or that your principal is irresponsible, or that the guidance counselor is inexperienced, or that your whole town doesn't value education, or that your journalism teacher doesn't understand the First Amendment, or that the literary magazine adviser wouldn't know a good poem if she saw one, or that your science teacher plays favorites. High school politics should stay at high school. Don't expect sympathy from a college admissions committee.   RULE 4: BIAS.Make sure that there is no prejudice or bias in your essays. Colleges are trying hard to achieve diversity and balance among their students and faculty. Claiming or even implying subtly that you don't like this or that group is a sure way to put yourself out of the running. Don't put down others for tattoos, body piercings, sexuality, unusual hair color, race, religion, appearance, disabilities, or nation of origin. Don't refer to other people in your essays as "nerds," "geeks," "dweebs," "twits," "brainiacs," "eggheads"-even if you think you're doing so endearingly, or even if you're referring to yourself or your best friend that way. (For more about diversity and bias, see Chapter 7, The Diversity Essay.)   RULE 5: ESSAY SUBSTITUTIONS.Do not send an essay that you wrote for an English class or history class in place of the essay requested on the college application, even if you received an A on the essay, and even if your English teacher swears that it's the greatest work of literature he/she has ever seen from a high school student. Write a special essay specifically for the college application. (Exception: A very few colleges such as Union College have been known to request a graded high school paper in place of an essay.)   RULE 6: FAMILY SECRETS.Do not write about your family secrets, your friends' secrets, o Excerpted from Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day by Elizabeth Wissner-Gross All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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