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PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTPlainview, New YorkPreparing the College EssayCURRICULUM WRITERSLauren A. H. RollensDonna Bonsignore ScullyJeffrey Yagaloff, District Chairperson for EnglishMr. James Murray, Principal, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School2011 / 2012
PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICTBOARD OF EDUCATIONMr. Gary Bettan, PresidentMrs. Amy Pierno, Vice PresidentMrs. Debbie Bernstein, TrusteeMr. Angel Cepeda, TrusteeMrs. Ginger Lieberman, TrusteeMrs. Evy Rothman, TrusteeMrs. Emily Schulman, TrusteeCENTRAL ADMINISTRATIONMr. Gerard W. Dempsey, Jr., Superintendent of SchoolsMs. Jill Gierasch, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and InstructionMr. Arthur Jonas, Deputy Superintendent Office of Human ResourcesMr. Ryan Ruf, Assistant Superintendent for BusinessThe Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, under the requirements of Title IX, Part 86, does not discriminate on the basis ofsex in the educational program or activities which it operates either in the employment of personnel or the administration ofstudents.The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District hereby gives notice that it does not discriminate on the basis ofhandicap in violation of ADA or section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.The school district further gives notice that itdoes not discriminate in admission or access to its programs and activities.2
Mission StatementThe mission of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District is to providean academically challenging and stimulating environment for all students, and toenable them to realize their full potential to be happy, ethical, and analyticalcitizens of the world.We do this by:making tolerance, acceptance, respect, honesty, and kindness expectationsfor all students, and for members of the Plainview-Old Bethpage schoolcommunity;identifying each student’s academic, social-emotional, aesthetic, andphysical needs, and striving to meet those needs; andencouraging communication between and among students, teachers, parents,administrators, and community members.3
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage1.How to Use This Packet.......................................................................................................62.Why Colleges Require an Essay:.........................................................................................63.Some Statistics to Consider.................................................................................................64.What Admissions Would Love to See in the Essay.............................................................75.What Admissions Would Like You to Avoid in the Essay.................................................106.What They Hate To See.....................................................................................................117.Tips for Writing:................................................................................................................128.Tips for Revision:..............................................................................................................149.Who Should Help You?.....................................................................................................1510.The Teacher’s Role............................................................................................................1611.Using Electronic Media Successfully................................................................................1612.Structure of Essay..............................................................................................................16(a)Where will my ideas come from?..........................................................................17(b)Outside the Box.....................................................................................................17(c)Write Positively About Something Negative.........................................................17(d)I Have Writer’s Block............................................................................................1713.Common Application Essay Topics Analyzed...................................................................18(a)The “Tell Us about Yourself” Essay:.....................................................................18(b)The “Influence” Essay:..........................................................................................18(c)The “Creative” Essay:............................................................................................19(d)The “Why I Want to Go Here” Essay:...................................................................20(e)The “Why I Want to Major in _____” Essay:........................................................20(f)The “Issue” Essay:.................................................................................................21(g)The “How I Will Contribute to Diversity” Essay..................................................2114.Annotated Sample Essays:.................................................................................................23(a)Question: How Would You Change History?........................................................23(b)Question:Tell Us About Yourself.........................................................................25(c)

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Fall
Professor
JoelDeBoer
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Writing, University and college admissions, SUNY

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