am 18. Juni 2000
One of the most useful of the essay collections for college applicants.
Tips are good, and well-organized. It is great to be able to read actual "winning" essays. At first read, I was far less than impressed with many of them. I wished for a more specific critiquing system, as in "Fifty Successful Harvard Application Essays," also available thru amazon. (In contrast, the Harvard Crimson book actually includes critiquing on every essay... reader can see what qualities made the essay a winner, and also some ideas on what could have made it even better).
But in general, the tips are good, and this should be a guide for ALL high school students who wish to write better essays.
Oh, yes. After using this book as a guide, my son got accepted, early decision, into a great school. So that's worth a few stars.
am 10. Mai 2000
I really liked this book because of the Advise From Experts section. The book consulted the Dean of Admissions from a dozen different colleges. The Admission officials discuss what they look for and what they hate. It was a candid section, and it had a unique outlook. The book also gave actual admission essays from students that everyone wanted and they grouped them into categories. This gave me valuable insights into what other students have done and what these students consider valuable experiences. Lastly, the book talks about do's and don'ts. They weren't the typical do's and don'ts that you find in all of the other books. They had a unique spin and opened my eyes to some little known don'ts. Great book! Worth the investment! Even if you don't like it for the content, the essays are great reading!