Essays

The Art Of Writing Ivy League Admission Essays

In my humble opinion, the single biggest reason quality applicants get rejected from elite colleges is their inability to understand and execute essays. When people ask me, “Dave, wha’s the biggest problem you see among today’s high school students?” I don’t have to think twice: It’s their inability to formulate and articulate a convincing written ...

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College Essay Or Transfer Statement?: Dan’s Frustration Pours Out

Here’s an “I told you so” When I wrote about the issue of how high schoolers pick their colleges, the very first “bad” reason was: Possibly temporal personal reasons Do you remember? Well, I’ve got another essay for you, but this time I’ll let you read the essay first and then I’ll tell you about ...

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Solidify the College Admissions Decision With a Cover Letter

We’ve already taken a detailed tour of the HYPer University application and we have discussed the joys of application packaging. Now we’ll see how to turn theory into reality. Sometimes what we think is essential for an admissions officer to see (or hear) can be surprisingly unimportant. On the other had, a few things that ...

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Your Student Profile: Hold Nothing Back On Your College Application

High school students often have difficulty putting their best foot forward. Sometimes this is a matter of modesty. Sometimes it’s a matter of low self-esteem. When it comes to applying to college, hold back nothing. Remember the old Canon camera television commercial with tennis star, Andre Agassi, where he says confidently, “Image is everything!”? In ...

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Ivy League Application: Sample Interests and Activities Statement

For his statement on interests and activities, Zane chose to attach a separate summary, since the two inches of space allowed on the application page could hardly contain a comprehensive look at his activities. Zane went back to his elementary years, even though HYPer asked only for information on grades 10 and 11, and he ...

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Book Review: On Writing The College Application Essay

On Writing the College Application Essay, by Harry Bauld Paperback – 138 pages, August 1987, published by Barnes & Noble This little college book is worth its weight in acceptance letters. It’s as fresh and pertinent today as it was back in 1987 when it first came out. Not many college books go through as ...

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Sample of Ivy Application Written Responses

Ivy Application Written Responses: The “Engineering Statement” 1. Why are you interested in studying engineering? Engineering combines the theory and application of math and physics, the two technical areas in which I have the most ability and interest. Engineering, therefore, provides a forum for my science and math skills that could result in a development ...

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Book Review: Elements Of Style, Application Essay Guide

The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White Paperback – 105 pages; 4th edition, Allyn & Bacon; If you haven’t encountered this timeless classic in high school, you’ll be seeing it in freshman English at college. The wisdom in this little volume is the shortest route between your current writing skill level ...

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Elite-College Application: Main Essay Sample

In the space below, tell one story about yourself that would best provide us, either directly or indirectly, with an insight into the kind of person you are. For example, the story can simply relate a personal experience, or a humorous anecdote; it can tell about an especially significant academic encounter or about an unusual ...

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Book Review: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays

Concise Advice: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays (Paperback, Kindle, Nook) By Robert N. Cronk Arasian; first edition (2010) Concise Advice is a Timely Antidote to Writer’s Block It’s a scenario I see all the time: Parents wade into the college admissions quagmire when a child begins the search and application process. Then, years later, as ...

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