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One-hour college application essay : write your college admission essay today

Author: Jan Melnik
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : JIST Works, ©2008.
Series: JIST's help in a hurry series.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Product Description: Federal Statistics show that the college enrollment rates for 18 to 24 year olds have increased from 26% in 1980 to 38% in 2003. The increase in competition makes it tougher than ever for incoming freshmen to secure a spot in the University of their Choice. A vital part of most college applications is the essay, but many students don't have the time to spend hours writing the perfect essay.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Melnik
ISBN: 9781593574758 1593574754
OCLC Number: 155123203
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 196 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: A brief introduction to using this book --
1. Why you need a terrific essay --
A little background about the admissions process --
Admissions criteria --
Other valuable information on the college --
How should I choose where to apply? --
So were does the essay fit in? --
Timetable for the college admissions process --
SAT and ACT testing information --
SAT® reasoning test --
ACT® test --
Types of application decisions : when and how to apply --
Single-choice early action --
Early decision --
Early decision (II) --
Early action --
Regular decision --
Rolling admission --
What's the reason for an application essay? --
How an essay can tip the scales in your favor --
Key points : chapter 1 --
2. Advice from the admission pros : selecting a topic, style, and approach --
Some general advice --
Admissions philosophy --
Be introspective and express yourself --
Connect the dots --
Keep it personal, but not embarrassingly so --
Tips for selecting the best essay topic for you --
Write what you know --
Be careful with tragic subjects --
Use the essay to clarify your application --
Be authentic --
Hints on approaching your essay --
The do's and the don'ts --
The do's --
The don'ts --
Key points : chapter 2. 3. More advice from the admission pros : assistance, feedback, examples, and trends --
Should you seek professional help with your essay? --
Do colleges ever provide students with feedback about their essays? --
Strange, curious, provocative, mediocre, and winning essays --
A life-changing experience --
Standout examples, some good and some bad --
Other trends and insights from the admission experts --
Key points : chapter 3 --
4. Quick steps for crafting an essay in an hour --
Questions to get you started (or at least thinking creatively) --
The creative writing process --
Framing the essay --
Refining the essay's appearance --
Editing and revising --
One-hour college application essay writing exercise --
STEP 1 : select a topic (5 minutes) --
STEP 2 : brainstorm initial responses (5 minutes) --
STEP 3 : complete your outline (10 minutes) --
STEP 4 : focus on the introduction (10 minutes) --
STEP 5 : write the body (10 minutes) --
STEP 6 : wrap up with a conclusion (10 minutes) --
STEP 7 : read for flow and consistency and write the title (5 minutes) --
STEP 8 : spell-check by computer and visually proofread (5 minutes) --
Key points : chapter 4. 5. Actual essay questions for practice, plus student advice --
The common application : first-year application for undergraduate college admissions --
Deciding on an essay topic --
Essay questions form actual applications --
Specialty applications --
Advice from your (former) peers --
The hardest part about writing my essay --
Additional recommendations for writing a great application essay --
Key points : chapter 5 --
6. Other pieces of the college application package --
The essentials --
High school transcript --
Academic progress report --
Standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT) --
Strength of academic curriculum --
Rank in senior class --
GPA --
The application essay --
Letters of recommendation --
Student interview --
Extra credit --
Parent-peer evaluations --
Work samples and portfolio --
Student resume --
Personal statement --
Extracurricular activities --
Volunteerism/community service --
Personalized cover letter --
Geographic region represented/ethnic backgrounds/first in family to go to college --
Extraordinary skill or ability (Musical, artistic, athletic) --
Additional factors --
Relative rankings --
Personal qualities --
Key points : chapter 6. 7. Actual winning essays to inspire you --
Essay theme #1 : why this school? --
Why Duke? --
Why Tufts? --
Finding a school that's an ideal match --
Essay theme #2 : influential person --
Two modern-day heroes, to me --
An influential uncle, a valuable lesson for life --
An influential coach, on the football field (and off) --
A grandfather's influence by example --
Essay theme #3 : becoming a teacher --
Babysitter ... to mentor ... to teacher --
Planting the seed to become a teacher --
Essay theme #4 : athletics as a backdrop --
For her, running is a passion and a lifestyle --
Perseverance and determination --
Going the distance : on the course ... and in school --
Kathy, softball, and bugs --
A running pursuit ... and not giving up --
As a flexible gymnast, her ability to adapt is tested by Hurricane Katrina --
Shattering a track record, and feeling the adrenaline --
Softball : how achieving a goal made me feel --
Running really did change my life --
Essay theme #5 : leadership and introspection --
Tiny but most memorable experience --
Drawing on leadership skills in college --
Confidence-building : learning valuable new skills --
Leaving technology behind on the coast of Maine --
Optimism, new perspectives, and cooking pasta in oil --
Essay theme #6 : making a difference --
Mind-opening experience : leaving my own little corner of the world --
Lasting impressions from Colombia --
Essay theme #7 : music, literature, and performing arts --
Piano 101 cultivated a work ethic --
Base/basket/soft(balls) ... and all that jazz --
Starting a band : a lesson in music, creativity, and results from hard work --
From being terrified to being a natural : storytelling and modern dance --
How music shapes my life --
An essay on romanticism (C block English) --
Essay theme #8 : who am I? --
A creative way of describing unique attributes --
Changed by a sport, a team, and a coach --
Why engineering? Why this college? --
Bridging two cultures, two homes --
Love of learning and life leads to changes in college sections --
Essay theme #9 : challenges, accomplishments, and new adventures --
From Germany to studying in the United States : true cultural studies --
Achieving Eagle Scout : much more than a badge --
Volleyball plus a hurricane, unlikely formula for bonding --
A man of "new cheese", a wonderful turnaround story --
No fear of any challenge --
Be inspired --
Appendix : the admission professionals who contributed to this book.
Series Title: JIST's help in a hurry series.
Responsibility: Jan Melnik.
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Product Description: Federal Statistics show that the college enrollment rates for 18 to 24 year olds have increased from 26% in 1980 to 38% in 2003. The increase in competition makes it tougher than ever for incoming freshmen to secure a spot in the University of their Choice. A vital part of most college applications is the essay, but many students don't have the time to spend hours writing the perfect essay. Using the proven Help in a Hurry formula, One-Hour College Application Essay reveals the process to quickly craft an effective application essay. College-bound students will find targeted questions and useful worksheets that help them focus their answer. And then they will dive right into composing their essay with quick-start strategies, professional advice from college admissions directors, and dozens of actual essay lead-ins and examples that this guide provides.

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