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Conquering the college admissions essay in 10 steps : crafting a winning personal statement /

by Gelb, Alan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Ten Speed Press, [2013]Edition: Second edition.Description: xii, 210 pages ; 18 cm.ISBN: 9781607743668 (pbk.) :; 1607743663 (pbk.).Title notes: $11.99 prolam 10-2013 (db)Subject(s): College applications -- United States | Universities and colleges -- United States -- Admission | Exposition (Rhetoric) | Essay -- Authorship
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A guide to crafting a meaningful and polished college admissions essay that gets students into the school of their dreams by expressing their unique personality, strengths, and goals. <br> <br> Stand out from the crowd with a memorable, meaningful personal statement that will capture the attention of college admissions officers.<br> <br> Writing a college admissions essay is no easy task--but with college essay coach and New York Times contributor Alan Gelb's accessible and encouraging step-by-step instructions, you'll be able to write an honest, one-of-a-kind essay that really shines.<br> <br> Gelb's ten-step approach has garnered great results for the students who have tried it, many of whom were accepted into their dream schools (Harvard, Brown, Yale, and more). This to-the-point handbook shows you how to identify an engaging essay topic, and then teaches you how to use creative writing techniques to craft a narrative that expresses your unique personality, strengths, and goals. Whether you're an A-student looking for an extra boost or a less-confident writer who needs more intensive help, Gelb's reassuring and concise guidance will help you every step of the way, from your initial draft to final revision. In the end, you will have a well-polished, powerful, and profound personal statement that you can feel proud of--a college essay that doesn't feel "pre-fab," but is a real reflection of your own individuality.

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Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. x)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Step 1 Understanding the Narrative (p. 8)
  • Step 2 Finding Your Topic (p. 25)
  • Step 3 Point of View (p. 42)
  • Step 4 Getting It Down (p. 55)
  • Step 5 "Big Picture" Editing (p. 69)
  • Step 6 Second Draft (p. 86)
  • Step 7 Self-Editing (p. 102)
  • Step 8 Third Draft (p. 116)
  • Step 9 Pulling It Together (p. 134)
  • Step 10 Finishing Up (p. 153)
  • Appendix 1 Real Student Essays (p. 167)
  • Appendix 2 The Big Essay Picture (p. 198)
  • Appendix 3 For Parents (p. 202)
  • Appendix 4 New for Teachers (p. 204)
  • Index (p. 206)
  • About the Author (p. 211)

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Introduction If you're looking for an instruction book on how to write the college application essay, don't worry--there are quite a few excellent ones on the market. In fact, if you have all the time in the world, I suggest you check out as many of these as you can. Chances are, they'll all contain some useful ideas. But if you're pressed for time--and what high school senior isn't?--then you can feel confident that the book at hand is your fastest and surest way to produce the kind of application essay you're after. How is this book different from all the others out there? First of all, it has been pared down to the essentials. I've coached a great many students through this process and know that it doesn't make any sense to choose the first semester of the senior year as the time to "share secrets from college admissions counselors" or "sample essays from great writers like E. B. White, George Orwell, and Oliver Wendell Holmes." This is the time when you want to focus exclusively on that which is absolutely critical, eliminate anything that feels like padding, and simply get the job done in the best possible way as fast as you can. To that end, I've organized this learning process into a ten-step system. I'd like to say ten "easy" steps because "easy" is such a persuasive word, like "new," "improved," and "best ever." But the truth is that some of these steps are not that "easy." That said, none is insurmountable. If you follow this book in its logical sequence, you will arrive at your destination--a well-turned college application essay designed to linger in the minds of those who read it. This book is different from others on this subject in that it focuses entirely on process. As I said, I will not be offering any extraneous material, like "secrets" from admissions counselors at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Such secrets are enticing, but ultimately do little to help your cause. What will help is to truly understand the elements of a well-constructed narrative, which is what this book will be teaching. Excerpted from Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps, Second Edition: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement by Alan Gelb 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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