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You've been told a million times how selective and random the college process is, how the personal essay is your one chance to speak directly to admissions officers and sway them in your favor. You have to be entertaining, persuasive, and passionate, while effectively conveying your personality, character, and ideals. And you only have five hundred words to accomplish this ...more
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Published September 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Paris Wu
The reason I like the book is because it has not only the good essays, but also the comments from the admission office. There are a lot of essays in the book talks about the Asian immigrants, even I am not an Asian immigrant, I am an international student, and I believe this book can definitely help me with college essay writing. The colleges know the applicants from their essays,and all the essays have different writing styles to represent themselves. I remember when my mom picked up this book, ...more
Ivan
An applicant to Harvard should, of course, know better, than to read an essay book. However this wasn't the reason why I bought it an read it - my true wish was to catch a glimpse, albeit a distorted and then focused one, of the applicant pool. We are presented here, not quite with a guidance book, but with a small sociological study, upon which we can reflect about societal acceptance trends and behavior of those, applying for the most known among the Big Six.
Read it not for advice given, but m
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Austin Moyle
Interesting seeing into the minds of admissions officers more so than the applicants. Basically the kids that have the best shot have the same quirks as everyone else but can reveal their idiosyncrasies eloquently through a story without getting caught up in their own accomplishments.
Simon
Borrowed this book for my little sister who is applying to college.

A surprisingly good read.
Sara
This informational book,"50 Successful Harvard Application Essays" (180 pages) written by the staff of the Harvard Crimson, is an excellent tool that helps guide seniors struggling with writing the dreaded college essay. As colleges become more and more selective with each passing year, the personal essay/statement is becoming more and more important to differentiate students. Because the topics for these essays are often very vague, many students often have no idea where to begin. This book pro ...more
Sohini Banerjee
May 03, 2013 Sohini Banerjee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Aspiring students, People in the mood for reading something light and enjoyable
I am a member of a library and this is a book I picked up casually. The title sounded interesting and though at present I have no plans of studying in any college in the United States, leave alone Harvard, I thought it would be a good idea to read the essays by those few who got selected into the worlds’ most reputed institute.

“50 Successful Harvard Application Essays” – the book is divided into 5 parts/sections, each section containing essays speaking of five types of experiences. That alone sh
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Catalina
If you need inspiration to write a creative and persuasive essay (or even a cover letter) this book is a great motivator. I particularly enjoyed the immediate gratification of the critique given after each entry. It is fascinating to learn what components of the writings were viewed as positives in many cases.

Having two children already safely accepted to college and two currently in the application process, I've found that they are receiving mixed messages from AP exams, Lit/Lang classes, and
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Mohammad Nassr
The book was truly incredible it gives you a really beautiful insight of how it is in Harvard! you get to dive into the minds of the great students that actually succeeded in impressing the Harvard admission board.
what i liked mostly about the book is that which each essay i got the feeling that i am reading a short beautiful story, and the analysis at the end of every essay helps in understanding stuff that can easily go unnoticed.
I strongly recommend this book.
Renuka Soll
The essays were well categorized and the comments/critiques of them are pretty valuable.
Megan
AMAZING. Their writing is fantastic and the reviews are very informational for students trying to write their college essays.
Ivan
An applicant to Harvard should, of course, know better, than to read an essay book. However this wasn't the reason why I bought it an read it - my true wish was to catch a glimpse, albeit a distorted and then focused one, of the applicant pool. We are presented here, not quite with a guidance book, but with a small sociological study, upon which we can reflect about societal acceptance trends and behavior of those, applying for the most known among the Big Six.
Read it not for advice given, but m
...more
Thao Do
I wish I had read this book before applying to US colleges. Very useful and provoke thinking. I pretend to be an admission office while reading it. That means I read many essays continuously in a day and then tried to remember them the next day, then choose 10 best out of 50. The best thing I like about the book is not its essays but the comments from the Crimson staff which pointed out how good and how bad a PS could be. After reading this book, I want to write my personal statement again, and ...more
Shannon
This is a good reference. I am trying to perfect my application essays. I have one but I will be applying to more schools and I want a really strong essay! This is my 2nd ref. book and my choice one. Read this one if you need help for college applications.
Maria Dudley
Really helpful if you have a child who will be applying to college soon (even if they aren't interested in Harvard) or filling out other sorts of applications. I loved reading these personal essays! Interesting and good writing even if this doesn't apply to you....
Susan Lee
Aug 29, 2007 Susan Lee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a fun read. Sometimes my reaction is, "I had no idea that's all it took to get into Harvard", other times it is , "Wow, now how in the world did he think of THAT?"

I think the comments are just as much fun to read as the essays themselves.
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