50 Successful Harvard Application Essays

What Worked for Them Can Help You Get into the College of Your Choice

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Author: Staff of the Harvard Crimson

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250127564

Category: Study Aids

Page: 208

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With talented applicants coming from the top high schools as well as the pressure to succeed from family and friends, it’s no wonder that writing college application essays is one of the most stressful tasks high schoolers face. Add in how hard it is to get started or brag about accomplishments or order stories for maximum effect, and it’s a wonder that any ever get written. To help, this completely new edition of 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays, edited by the staff of the Harvard Crimson, gives readers the most inspiring approaches, both conventional and creative, that won over admissions officers at Harvard University, the nation’s top ranked college. From chronicling personal achievements to detailing unique talents, the topics covered in these essays open applicants up to new techniques to put their best foot forward. It teaches students how to: - Get started - Stand out - Structure the best possible essay - Avoid common pitfalls Each essay in this collection is from a Harvard student who made the cut and is followed by analysis by the staff of The Harvard Crimson where strengths and weakness are detailed to show readers how they can approach their own stories and ultimately write their own high-caliber essay. 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays’ all-new essays and straightforward advice make it the first stop for applicants who are looking to craft essays that get them accepted to the school of their dreams.

How They Got Into Harvard

50 Successful Applicants Share 8 Key Strategies for Getting Into the College of Your Choice

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Author: Staff of the Harvard Crimson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312343752

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 5653

Describes the individual admissions process of fifty students accepted to the prestigious university, sharing strategies for identifying key talents, submitting the perfect application package, and improving networking skills.

What It Really Takes to Get Into Ivy League and Other Highly Selective Colleges

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Author: Chuck Hughes

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071425063

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 2911

The ultimate insider's guide to getting into the nation's most competitive colleges Written by a former senior admissions officer at Harvard University, this book provides keen insights into what it takes to get into America's top schools. With the help of case studies of successful Harvard applicants, Charles Hughes II defines the goals and mission of highly selective schools. He explains the relative weight given to: Academics Extra-curricular activities Personal qualities Intangibles in the admission process Hughes breaks down the components of the application, explaining the significance of each and how they are evaluated. And, drawing upon his extensive experience, he clues readers in on effective ways for applicants to improve their candidacy, including: How to prepare early in high school How to write a better application How to find the school best suited to their interests, personality, and goals With this essential guide, students will be able to present their talents in the best light possible, and create a winning college application.

Peterson's Best College Admission Essays

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Author: Mark Alan Stewart,Cynthia C. Muchnick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781435290655

Category: Study Aids

Page: 175

View: 9719

Discusses the importance of the college admissions essay, looks at examples of successful personal statements, and offers advice on planning, organizing, and preparing a personal essay.

55 Successful Harvard Law School Application Essays

What Worked for Them Can Help You Get Into the Law School of Your Choice

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Author: Staff of the Harvard Crimson

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466844310

Category: Study Aids

Page: 208

View: 2102

Separate yourself from the pack Competition has never been more intense for admittance into the nation's top law schools. The application essay represents your only chance to plea your case to admissions officers. Why select you over so many other qualified applicants? Your essay needs to do more than simply list your background and accomplishments. It must reveal the depth of your passion for law, the discipline you bring to this demanding profession, and the strength of character you possess for the ethical and moral challenges that lie ahead. Learn by example Harvard Law School is one of the premier law schools in America. Every year, thousands of elite applicants try for a few hundred slots. Of the dedicated few accepted, fifty-five have shared the application essays that helped them make the cut. * Learn what works. * Structure your essay for maximum impact. * Avoid common pitalls. Each essay is analyzed by the staff of the Harvard Crimson, Harvard's daily newspaper, and accompanied by no-nonsense advice on crafting your own. 55 Successful Harvard Law School Application Essays will give you all the help you need to write the essay that will get you in.

50 Successful Stanford Application Essays

Get Into Stanford and Other Top Colleges

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Author: Gen Tanabe,Kelly Tanabe

Publisher: SuperCollege

ISBN: 9781617600944

Category: Education

Page: 208

View: 9032

Helping applicants navigate the intricate yet vitally important essay process at elite schools such as Stanford -- a university that enrolls students from all 50 states and 52 countries and has an admission rate less than seven percent -- this go-to guide helps prospective students see for themselves what it takes to be admitted to selective programs. Along with the 50 essay examples that give a detailed analysis of the strengths and even weaknesses of each essay, there are tips from college admission officers and successful applicants and a description of the 25 essay mistakes that guarantee failure. For highly judicious colleges, the essay is one of the most important factors in whether students are admitted or rejected, yet this resource, from a pair of award-winning authors and college application gurus, will help readers temper their fears and inspire their writing.

College Essay Essentials

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay

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Author: Ethan Sawyer

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492635138

Category: Study Aids

Page: 256

View: 2161

Writing an amazing college admission essay is easier than you think! So you're a high school senior given the task of writing a 650-word personal statement for your college application. Do you tell the story of your life, or a story from your life? Do you choose a single moment? If so, which one? The options seem endless. Lucky for you, they're not. College counselor Ethan Sawyer (aka The College Essay Guy) will show you that there are only four (really, four!) types of college admission essays. And all you have to do to figure out which type is best for you is answer two simple questions: 1. Have you experienced significant challenges in your life? 2. Do you know what you want to be or do in the future? With these questions providing the building blocks for your essay, Sawyer guides you through the rest of the process, from choosing a structure to revising your essay, and answers the big questions that have probably been keeping you up at night: How do I brag in a way that doesn't sound like bragging? and How do I make my essay, like, deep? Packed with tips, tricks, exercises, and sample essays from real students who got into their dream schools, College Essay Essentials is the only college essay guide to make this complicated process logical, simple, and (dare we say it?) a little bit fun.

Drive

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Author: Daniel H. Pink

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101524381

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: *Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives *Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters *Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward. Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

The Hidden Brain

How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives

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Author: Shankar Vedantam

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 9781588369390

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives—but we’re never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob. In a series of compulsively readable narratives, Shankar Vedantam journeys through the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral science to uncover the darkest corner of our minds and its decisive impact on the choices we make as individuals and as a society. Filled with fascinating characters, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge science, this is an engrossing exploration of the secrets our brains keep from us—and how they are revealed.

Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps, Third Edition

Crafting a Winning Personal Statement

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Author: Alan Gelb

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0399578706

Category: Study Aids

Page: 240

View: 9398

The definitive guide to writing an amazing essay and mastering the college applications process. Writing a memorable personal statement can seem like an overwhelming project for a young college applicant, but college essay coach Alan Gelb's organized and encouraging step-by-step instructions take the intimidation out of the process, enabling applicants to craft a meaningful and polished college admissions essay. Gelb teaches students to identify an engaging topic and use creative writing techniques to compose a vivid statement that will reflect their individuality. A consistent top-seller in the college prep category, Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Easy Steps has been revised to include extra information on supplemental and waitlist essays. This much-needed handbook will help applicants win over the admissions dean, while preparing them to write better papers once they've been accepted. For more, visit the author’s website at www.conquerthecollegeessay.com.

The Dyslexic Advantage

Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

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Author: Brock Eide,Fernette Eide

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0452297923

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 283

View: 5955

The neurolearning-expert creators of the award-winning blog by the same name reveal the unique brain structure and organization of dyslexic individuals, identifying how the differences responsible for reading challenges also enable specific mechanical, artistic, narrative and dynamic talents. Reprint.

The Dumbest Generation

How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future(Or, Don 't Trust Anyone Under 30)

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Author: Mark Bauerlein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440636893

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 9442

This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings. The Dumbest Generation is a dire report on the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American democracy and culture. For decades, concern has been brewing about the dumbed-down popular culture available to young people and the impact it has on their futures. But at the dawn of the digital age, many thought they saw an answer: the internet, email, blogs, and interactive and hyper-realistic video games promised to yield a generation of sharper, more aware, and intellectually sophisticated children. The terms “information superhighway” and “knowledge economy” entered the lexicon, and we assumed that teens would use their knowledge and understanding of technology to set themselves apart as the vanguards of this new digital era. That was the promise. But the enlightenment didn’t happen. The technology that was supposed to make young adults more aware, diversify their tastes, and improve their verbal skills has had the opposite effect. According to recent reports from the National Endowment for the Arts, most young people in the United States do not read literature, visit museums, or vote. They cannot explain basic scientific methods, recount basic American history, name their local political representatives, or locate Iraq or Israel on a map. The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future is a startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American culture and democracy. Over the last few decades, how we view adolescence itself has changed, growing from a pitstop on the road to adulthood to its own space in society, wholly separate from adult life. This change in adolescent culture has gone hand in hand with an insidious infantilization of our culture at large; as adolescents continue to disengage from the adult world, they have built their own, acquiring more spending money, steering classrooms and culture towards their own needs and interests, and now using the technology once promoted as the greatest hope for their futures to indulge in diversions, from MySpace to multiplayer video games, 24/7. Can a nation continue to enjoy political and economic predominance if its citizens refuse to grow up? Drawing upon exhaustive research, personal anecdotes, and historical and social analysis, The Dumbest Generation presents a portrait of the young American mind at this critical juncture, and lays out a compelling vision of how we might address its deficiencies. The Dumbest Generation pulls no punches as it reveals the true cost of the digital age—and our last chance to fix it.

50 Successful University of California Application Essays

Get Into the Top Uc Colleges and Other Selective Schools

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Author: Gen Tanabe,Kelly Tanabe

Publisher: SuperCollege

ISBN: 9781617600951

Category: Education

Page: 192

View: 7220

Dedicated to giving prospective students the edge they need to distinguish themselves among tens of thousands of peers, this guidebook demystifies the essay portion of the application process to the top University of California schools, including those in Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego. With the high level of selectivity at University of California programs, the unique essay requirements posed by the schools, and the ever-climbing number of applicants, the book arms readers with 50 example essays that feature a discussion of the positive and negative aspect to each one, tips from college admission officers and successful applicants, and a description of the 25 essay mistakes to avoid at all costs. For anyone wishing to become a Bruin, Golden Bear, or student at any school affiliated with the University of California system, this resource serves as the ultimate must-have to maximize success when composing the essay portion of an application.

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

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Author: Frank Bruni

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 145553269X

Category: Education

Page: 176

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Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges-large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are a student's efforts in and out of the classroom, not the gleam of his or her diploma. Where you go isn't who you'll be. Americans need to hear that-and this indispensable manifesto says it with eloquence and respect for the real promise of higher education.

College Admissions India to Ivies

A Guide to Getting Into the Ivy Leagues and the Top Us Colleges & Universities

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Author: Caroline Linger

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781517685157

Category:

Page: 376

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With over 18 years of experience in the education-counseling sector, I have gained an in-depth knowledge of the US, UK, Canadian & Australian college and university systems. Understanding the programs on offer and the unique personalities of each school has enabled me to easily match my students to their ideal schools, which leads to their being happy in college and in consequence exceling academically. During my years spent in India, I became increasingly conscious that not everyone attending high school outside the US had a clear vision of how the admissions process actually works (and to be frank I suspect that many of my students attending high schools in US are equally confused about it). This is why I finally sat down and decided to explain the process in full in a book of this nature. Over the years I have been exceptionally successful in placing numerous students into the 8 US Ivy League schools (Harvard, UPenn, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Cornell), and also into the other top schools in the US (including MIT, Cal Tech, Stanford, Chicago, Northwestern, and Duke). I've also had huge success placing my students in many of the 20 UK Russell group universities (which include Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, UCL, Imperial, and LSE). One of the key reasons for my success has been my in depth understanding of what each and every college and university is looking for, besides the top grades. I work with my students (from grade 8 up) to help them improve both their academic and extracurricular profiles, so they stand out among all other applicants. This book will help you understand the rules of the game of winning a place at your top choice school. Through it I aim to enable you to significantly improve your chances of winning that coveted place you dream of. I aim to guide you to strategically select the colleges that are looking for students just like you, and to give you an understanding of how the US universities and colleges assess your application and select the candidates that best fit their profile. This is the book for you if - * You want to maximize your chances of winning a place at the school/s of your dreams * You want to know why you have to take classes outside your major area of academic or vocational interest at all US Universities * You want to know which Technical Specialist schools boast the best gender balances * You need help choosing which colleges/universities to apply to * You want to know which schools are in the Ivy League and what the Ivy League actually is * You want to know which schools offer top programs in Engineering or Management at the undergraduate level * You want to know what Pre-Med and Pre-Law involve * You want to know what Greek life actually means * You want to understand how the size of a school will impact your student experience * You want to know which schools have the best ethnic and international diversity * You want to know how US schools assess applicants * You want to know how to write a winning application essay * You want to know how to make your application stand out * You want to know about the SAT and the ACT * You want to understand the application options like ED * You need help to ace your college interview * You want to know about Merit Scholarships * You want to know about Need-Based Financial Aid

Evicted

Poverty and Profit in the American City

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Author: Matthew Desmond

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0553447432

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 418

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A Harvard sociologist examines the challenge of eviction as a formidable cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are wrongly forced from their homes and reduced to cycles of extreme disadvantage that are reinforced by dysfunctional legal systems. Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

30 Essays That Won Over $3 Million in Scholarships

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Author: Tanabe,Kelly Tanabe

Publisher: SuperCollege

ISBN: 9781617601323

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 256

View: 2813

Winners of $100,000 in scholarships share 30 essays that won more than $3 million in scholarships and insights on how to write a winning scholarship essay, understand what scholarship judges want, and master the interview.

Acing Admissions: The Indian Student's Comprehensive Guide to US CollegeApplications

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Author: Kavita Mehta,Kimberly Wright Dixit

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9351067998

Category: Education

Page: 292

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Confused by the complicated US college admissions process? Fret no more. Acing Admissions is the only guide you need to help navigate the application process. From profile building to financial aid information and everything in between, Acing Admissions provides a step-by-step guide to help parents and students alike. Authors Kavita Mehta, MBA, and Kimberly Wright Dixit, PhD, co-founders of The Red Pen, India's premier admissions advising firm, aim to demystify the US college landscape by providing easy-to-understand information and anecdotes that are helpful to Indian applicants.

TED Talks

The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

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Author: Chris Anderson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544664361

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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"Catnip for all the TED fans out there." —Publishers Weekly "Unimpeachably practical . . . A handy guide for novice and moderately experienced speakers." —Kirkus Reviews "Anderson shares the secrets behind the best TED presentations." —Booklist Since taking over TED in 2001, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview; it can be more powerful than anything in written form. This “invaluable guide” (Publishers Weekly) explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula, but there are tools that can empower any speaker. Chris Anderson has worked with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Salman Khan, Monica Lewinsky and more — everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is a must-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.