100 Successful College Application Essays (Updated, Third Edition)

100 Successful College Application Essays (Updated, Third Edition)

by The Harvard Independent


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The Largest Collection of Successful College Application Essays Available in One Volume

These are the essays that helped their authors gain admission to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Wellesley, Pomona, and other outstanding schools—followed by invaluable comments by experts in admissions, placement, and college counseling at some of the best learning institutions around the country. This helpful guide includes:

• 100 complete essays with professional commentary
• Examples of essays on common topics (family background, athletics, work experience), as well as the more offbeat
• Essays on the immigrant experience by foreign-born students
• A section of drawing and cartoon essays
• Insider advice from a Princeton Dean of Admission
• And more

Compiled by members of The Harvard Independent, the weekly newsmagazine of Harvard University, this revised and updated edition is an invaluable resource for students who want to write the best possible essay—and improve their chances of admission to the best possible school.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451417619
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 205,417
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The Harvard Independent, founded in 1969, is Harvard University’s undergraduate weekly newspaper. It is the oldest university newspaper in America, and the oldest weekly newspaper in Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

On Writing the College Essay 3

Simplicity and Impact Amy Miller Harriman 5

You Will Like Me Brenda Lee Ban 7

Advice from the Inside Fred A. Hargadon 9

How to Use This Book Thomas D. Harvey 16

Essays on Applying to College 17

Charles W. Applegate

Jennifer Applegate

Eric A. Maki

William Meyerhofer

Arun Ramanathan

Karen Steinig

Kristin Ward

Essays on Coming to America 45


Sayantan Deb

Thai Pham

Nzuekoh Nvepowoh Nchinda

Baffour Osei

Drawings and Cartoons 59

Paul K. Min

Zoe Mulford

Jaeyong So

Essays on Death and Dying 75

Julie C. Cantor

Stephen Gripkey

Juliet Siler

Essays on Family 83

Angelique Henderson

Meghan Elizabeth Brooks


Lydia Bassett

Kelley P. Borden

Ellen L. Chubin

John R. Trierweiler

Jidia D. Kyle

Deanna E. Barkett

Ron Lee

Kimberly D. Morgan

William S. Plache

Jacob Press

Leah S. Schanzer

Brittany Krupica

Susan Ashley

Michael Wechsler

Offbeat and Other Essays 121


Sarah H. Bayliss

Paula Bernstein

Matthew Brady

Adam Candeub

Theodore Grossman

Sam Liu

Scott Locke

Jamie F. Metzl

Eric Pulier

Brian C. Smith

Self-Portraits 147

Ellen L. Beckerman

Jordana Simone Bernstein

Arielle Simon

Ann Cox

Theodore C. Dros

Cody Corliss

Don Hoffman

Josh Jacobs

Joseph Libson

Heather L. Nadelman

Travis Hallett

Phillip Rodgers

Sara G. Silver

Dawn N. Skwersky

Julia Marie Smith

Dimitri Steinberg

Jo-Ellen Truelove

David C. Weymouth

Joanne B. Wilkinson

Srinivas Ayyagari

William Couper Samuelson

Essays on Sports and Activities 197

Whitney Lee

Shelley Ledray Bornkamp

Terrance Darnell Moore

Joseph Libson

Gregory Lippman

John C. Martin

Kimberly L McCarthy

Mitch S. Neuger

Christine Richardson

Alexander P. Nyren

Dani Ruran

Peter Urkowitz

Idea Essays 227

Lindsay Grain Carter

Jennifer L. Cooper

Annelise Goldberg

Colin Hamilton

Alan P. Isaac

Ameen Jan

Anne M. Knott

Zoe Mulford

Kristen Mulvihill

James P. O'Rourke

Essays on Work Experience 253

Janet Dix

Celia E. Rothenberg

Mina Le

Ariel Fox

Essays on Experiences Abroad 265

Matthew Yglesias

Olivia Hung

Whitney Lee

Essays on Writing 275


Michael Chaskes

Nikolas R. Elevitch

Carol Zall

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