- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Collins Reference; Revised, Updated edition (7 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062123998
- ISBN-13: 978-0062123992
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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On Writing the College Application Essay, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Key to Acceptance at the College of Your Choice Paperback – 7 Aug 2012
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What does an admissions officer look for in a college application essay?
You. It's that simple. There's no formula, no trick, no strategy, says Harry Bauld, a former Ivy League admissions officer. But with acceptance rates at all-time lows, just being yourself in an essay means understanding your readers and the unique form in which you are writing. In this fully revised and updated edition of the classic guide to writing the best essay of your life, Bauld reveals the big clichés (The Trip, The Jock, Miss America, Pet Death) and helps you discover ways to come alive on the page as a real person instead of applicant number 13,791.See all Product description
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Another great thing about this book are the examples. There are so many examples!! There are student personal statement examples and vivid examples from famous writers.
I do not know which colleges I have gotten into yet, but this book has helped my writing move forward when I did not think it possible.
I'm not a humanities guy. I'm really into math and science. I like to think I have really good ideas, but suck a lot at getting them expressed concretely onto paper. Yet, this book helped me ground all the swirling thoughts in my head into one short page, 1000 words. It may have been published in 1978, but it's still 100% relevant in today's college environment. It's funny, filled with examples, and quite a joy to read. Even now, I'm getting it as a gift for some rising high school seniors as they embark on their undergrad app journey.
Highly recommend. Love this book.