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Random House, Inc. New York C OLLEGE E SSAYS THAT M ADE A D IFFERENCE B Y THE S TAFF OF T HE P RINCETON R EVIEW T HIRD E DITION PrincetonReview.com
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The Princeton Review, Inc. 2315 Broadway New York, NY 10024 E-mail: [email protected] © 2008 by The Princeton Review, Inc. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. ISBN: 978-0-375-72876-0 VP Test Prep Books, Publisher: Robert Franek Editor: Adam O. Davis Executive Director of Print Production: Scott Harris Senior Production Editor: M. Tighe Wall Printed in the United States of America. 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 www.ThePrincetonReview.com
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CONTENTS Introduction . ...................................................................................................... vii The Parts of this Book . .................................................................................... x Editor’s Note . ................................................................................................. xii Part 1: Essay Fundamentals . .............................................................................. 1 Grammar and Form . ....................................................................................... 2 What Colleges Want to See in Your Essay: Writing Ability And Insight into Who You Are . ................................................................. 4 Topics That Work, Topics That Don’t . ............................................................... 6 So How Much Does The Essay Count, Anyway? . ......................................... 7 Part 2: Q & A with Admissions Offi cers . ........................................................... 9 Subject Matter and Writing . .......................................................................... 10 Inside the Admissions Offi ce . ....................................................................... 22 The Essay’s Infl uence . .................................................................................... 30 General Application Questions . .................................................................... 34 Part 3: The Applicants . ...................................................................................... 47 Part 4: Where They Got In . ............................................................................. 349 Index of Essay Themes . .................................................................................. 377 v www.ThePrincetonReview.com
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INTRODUCTION Why did we produce this book? For a couple of reasons. First, we wanted to provide a little inspiration to stu- dents sweating over their application essays to highly selective colleges. Too many freaked-out high schoolers with outstanding academic and community service records, enviable SAT and ACT scores, and impressive sports achieve- ments have complained that they don’t know what to write about or where to start. Hopefully this book will show that there are a million different ways to approach the essay and that if a student refl ects on what’s most important, he or she will indeed have something to write about. Our evidence is enclosed herewith: actual essays that got living, breathing high school students—kids with crushes and acne and big feet—into the colleges of their dreams. These kids wrote about scores of things, from their love of horses to the shortcomings of being short to the importance of personal hygiene. There are sad tales full of tragedy, homesickness, and civil war, as well as funny stories involving puberty, public embarrassment, and infomercials. There are stories of achievement and of failure, of love and death, of relationships with God, and of spirituality. Like most collections of prose featuring many diffi rent authors, the pieces in this book display a range of creativity and sophistication with the written word. Some essays are so good they may intimidate you; others might make you say to yourself, “Hey, I could write something like that.” Others are so
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