50 Successful Harvard Application Essays: What Worked for Them Can Help You Get into the College of Your Choice

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Staff of the Harvard Crimson
St. Martin's Press, Sep 1, 2005 - Education - 192 pages
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You've been told a million times how selective and random the college process is, how the personal essay is your one chance to speak directly to admissions officers and sway them in your favor. You have to be entertaining, persuasive, and passionate, while effectively conveying your personality, character, and ideals. And you only have five hundred words to accomplish this.

50 Successful Harvard Application Essays showcases the kinds of conventional and creative approaches that helped their authors get into the nation's most prestigious college. From coping with family tragedy to seeing Vietnamese soup as a metaphor for one's identity, the variety of topics covered in these essays will help you think about how to write about yourself creatively and effectively.

Each essay is followed by a brief discussion written by a Harvard Crimson staff writer who analyzes its main strengths and weaknesses. Through this analysis and our Fifteen Steps to Success, you'll learn:

-How to pick a topic
-How to structure your essay
-How to keep the reader entertained
-How to avoid common pitfalls

 

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Contents

Influences
33
Points of View
75
Songs of Experience
115
Molding Identity
149
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The Harvard Crimson is the daily newspaper of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its staff consists of three hundred students, and it is the nation's oldest continually operating daily newspaper.

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