What if writing an unforgettably compelling college essay came down to answering just two questions? 1. Have you been through significant challenges in your life?2. Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?Good news. These two questions lead you to one of four easy-to-follow essay paths in College Essay Essentials, a new approach to the college essay that is groundbreaking in its simplicity.
A roundtable panel of judges and applicants supply inside information regarding the winning qualities sought after by award-giving organizations and tips for finding scholarships by using books, the internet, personal connections, and sources in the community. With insight into the judges' criteria for a successful application, 30 previously awarded scholarship essays are thoroughly analyzed, from choice of topic to writing style. Revealing unique strategies for preparation and overcoming nervousness, this definitive resource also includes sample interview questions and answers.
Most students worry about what an admissions officer looks for in a writing sample. But that's the wrong way to approach this vital component, says former college admissions officer Harry Bauld. Baum advises you on how to avoid platitudes and find your authentic voice, gives you tools and ideas that will spark your imagination, and shows you how to approach themes with originality and panache to make even the most tired topics--the ones most students should stay away from--fresh, such as: The trip ("I had to adjust to a whole new way of life.") My favorite things (puppy dogs, freedom, and chocolate chip cookies) The pageant contestant ("I think World Peace is the most important issue facing us today.") and more.
This guide will provide fundamental steps of composing an organized essay tailored to meet the requirements of most scholarship essay prompts. Students will learn how to search for various types of scholarships, tailor their essay to meet scholarship requirements, organize and structure paragraphs, cultivate their voice, and learn how to integrate their uniqueness as a writer. By the end of the guide, students will be able to write a standard scholarship essay that can be used for a variety of scholarships.