College Admission Essays for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764554824

ISBN-13: 9780764554827

Edition: 2003

Authors: Geraldine Woods

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The essay is a vital part of a student's application to college or graduate school, letting admission officers get to know the person behind the grades, activities and test scores. This guide aims to give students an edge over other applicants, enabling them to write an outstanding essay.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

How to Use This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Putting Yourself on Paper
Becoming More Than a Statistic: What the Essay Does for You
Painting a Portrait of You, the Applicant
Understanding Your Audience: The Admissions Officers
Timing Is Everything
Writing Admission Essays While Having a Life
Concentrating on Process, Not Product
Keeping Perspective
Exploring the Subject of the Essay--Yourself
Mining Your Life
Collecting the Stories of Your Life
Getting Personal with Impersonal Questions
Identifying Themes in Your Autobiography
But Enough about Me: Overcoming the Taboo against Bragging
Writing for the Tired, the Poor (The Admissions Office)
Meeting Your Readers: The Admissions Committee
Keeping Their Attention When Yours Is the 9000th Essay They've Read Today
Avoiding Writing Traits Guaranteed to Annoy the Admissions Committee
Writing What They Do Want to Read
Keeping It Legal
Buying an Essay on the Internet and Other Things to Avoid
Finding the Right Sort of Help
Dealing with Parental Interference Assistance
Noting a Few Words about Plagiarism
Locating Help When You're On Your Own
Getting Your Head Ready for Writing
Writing as Process, Not Product
Writing with Process, Not Product, in Mind
Separating Your Inner Creator and Editor
Pre-Writing: The First Steps
Drafting: Not Just for the Army Anymore
Taking the Final Steps
Storming Your Brain: Idea Gathering Techniques
You Can't Build a Castle Until You Dump the Blocks
Matching Personality and Technique
Gathering Ideas: The Techniques
Reacting to a Specific Question
Building a Structure to Support Your Ideas
Structuring Your Meaning
Meeting the Major Players in the Structure Game
Structuring the Career Essay
Putting It All In Order: Creating an Outline
Outlining: The Logical Choice
Putting Your Thoughts in Order
Checking for Gaps
Staying Flexible
Taking the Final, Pre-Write Check
Writing the Rough Draft
Showing, Not Telling Your Story
Getting Down to Specifics
Using All Your Senses
Choosing the Best Details and Ignoring the Rest
Selecting Strong Verbs and Nouns
A Little Metaphor Won't Kill You
Constructing Good Paragraphs
Punctuating Your Points with Paragraphs
Creating a Strong Topic Sentence
Placing Topic Sentences and Details
Setting Up a Transition
Leading with Your Best Shot
Taking the Right First Step: What the Lead Does for Your Essay
Capturing the Reader's Attention
Setting the Right Tone
Orienting the Reader
Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Going Out with a Bang: The Conclusion
Repeating Yourself and Other Non-Answers to the Conclusion Question
Concluding the Essay with Class
Overcoming Writer's Block
Understanding Your Block
Confronting Your Application Anxieties
Leaping Over Writing-Related Blocks
I'd Like to Finish before Retirement Age: The Final Draft
Making a List and Checking It Twice: Grammar and Spelling
Getting the Grammar Right the Second Time Around
Spelling It [Rihgt] Right
Deciding When to Break the Rules
Smoothing the Rough Edges: Polishing the Essay
Picking the Best Words
Creating Stylish Sentences
Saying It Once and Only Once
Leaving a Good Impression
Getting Your Point Across
Verifying That You've Answered the Question
Sounding Strong and Mature
The Top Ten Reasons Why Lists Are a Bad Idea
Checking the Essay One Last Time
Final Answers: The Last Word on Format
Reading the Directions
Cutting to Fit and Lengthening to Suit: Hitting the Word Count Target
Dealing with Paper Forms
Applying Online
Faxing, Express-Mailing, and Other Panic Options
Analyzing Questions from Real Applications
Composing Essays Starring You
And Then I Took the Oath of Office: Relating a Personal Experience
Explaining Your A+ in Recess and Other Academic Experiences
Envisioning the Future: When I Retire at 20, I Will ...
Daydreaming Your Way into College
"Desperate" and Other Descriptions
Describing Significant Strangers and Friends: Essays About Other People
Defining Others' Influence: You Are Who You Know
Writing about Friends and Relatives
Relating Strangers' Lives to Your Own
Entering the Fictional Universe
Responding to Essay Questions in the Subject Areas
We Really Wanted to Teach English: Answering Literature and Writing Questions
We Stare into Space a Lot: Responding to Philosophy and Science Topics
We're Paint-Stained but Happy: Expounding on Artistic Topics
We Love Timelines: Discussing Historical or Current Events
Getting the Most Out of Short Answers
Saying a Lot in Little Spaces
Answering the Most Common Short-Answer Questions
Lassoing the Mavericks: Responding to Unusual Short-Answer Questions
The Part of Tens
Ten Myths About the College Essay
Writing Style Doesn't Matter
Finding the Right Topic Is No Big Deal
Focusing on a Certain Topic Guarantees Admission
Discussing Any Topic Is Okay
Following Instructions Isn't Important
Talking about Ordinary Lives Is a No-no
Using Scholarly Language Is Impressive
Writing One Essay Is Enough
Seeking Help from Lots of People Is a Good Idea
Formatting Your Essay into the Standard Five Paragraphs Does the Trick
Ten Great Essays to Inspire You
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"Of Studies"
"Mother Tongue"
"The Search for Marvin Gardens"
"The Solace of Open Spaces"
"The Lives of a Cell"
"Eastern Middle School"
"The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"
"On Lying in Bed"
"On Keeping a Notebook"
Ten Absolute Musts for College Essays
Keeping It Real
Answering the Question
Following Directions
Being Specific
Getting Personal
Expanding the Basics
Holding Their Interest
Meeting the Deadline
Going Easy on the Eyes
Using Good Grammar
Personal Inventory
Family Ties
Grandparents and extended family
General family questions
School days
Learning styles
Group experiences
General school issues
The locals
Your country
Global village
The Future
The world
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