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The College Application Essay By Sarah Myers Mcginty Pdf

Sarah Myers McGinty wants you to keep the college-application process in perspective. Don't panic, she says. "The goal of this process is not to sell an ideal image of yourself. It is to find the right school for you." But of course once you've found that school, you do have to convince its admissions officers that the school wants you as much as you want it. McGinty's The College Application Essay discusses such topics as recommendation letters and college interviews, but its main focus is the essay. Essay questions vary from school to school (this book is loaded with specific examples), but McGinty groups them into three categories: the "tell us about yourself" question, the "why do you want to attend this particular school" question, and "the creative question" (which asks you to comment on an issue, a hero, a book, a quotation, the future, or the like). How you write is as important as what you write, and whatever you do, don't get someone else to write it for you. "Admission people usually can tell," warns McGinty. "If they mark the essay 'DDI,' they've concluded that 'Daddy did it.'"

McGinty also gives some attention to non-traditional, or "high risk," essays. While not for everyone, the high-risk essay can work wonders when you chances of getting into a given school are slim. "We'll take a risk for the right reason," says Simmons College admissions dean Deborah Wright, and perhaps you should, too. After all, says McGinty, "I am sure in the final hours of committee meetings on 'gray zone' applications, no one has ever said, 'Hey, wait a minute, what about that kid who wrote the essay about his family?'" --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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SARAH MYERS MCGINTY has more than 20 years' experience in admission and essay research. She taught at Harvard from 1993-2005; this is her eighth book.

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

SARAH MYERS MCGINTY has more than 20 years' experience in admission and essay research. She taught at Harvard from 1993-2005; this is her eighth book.

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

SARAH MYERS MCGINTY has more than 20 years' experience in admission and essay research. She taught at Harvard from 1993-2005; this is her eighth book.

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