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College Essays that Made a Difference, 3rd Edition (College Admissions Guides)

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What's the scariest part of the college application? For most, it's that big white space where an essay is supposed to go, and this book puts you in the admissions officer's seat as you set out to write those college application essays.

College Essays That Made a Difference, 2nd Edition includes 123 real-life essays written by applicants to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yal
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Princeton Review (first published September 9th 2003)
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Kelley Jansson
Aug 08, 2015 Kelley Jansson rated it it was amazing
I picked up this older edition just out of curiosity as I know many young people who will be applying to college this year. The upfront explanation did a lot to tune the reader's lens more closely to that of an admissions officer. I wasn't overwhelmingly impressed by the writing samples, but could understand how they each stood out or conveyed something beyond the typical submission. I was also struck that the essay form was most definitely a personal narrative, very close to memoir. Many of the ...more
Niccmee
Oct 23, 2007 Niccmee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: juniors & seniors of H.S.
This book gives high school students tips about how to write a good college essay. They interviewed many different schools such as Yale, John Hopkins, Wellesley, and more. With the information from those interviews, i got the sense of what colleges want from an essay. So this book really helped me a lot in my own essay.
This book also contains many good essays from students all over the country. But one thing i hate most about this is that all the essays are from students with high GPA and SAT sc
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