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Help/Advice on College Essay

ktong777ktong777 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
I'm currently a junior, but I'm planning on writing out most of my college essays over the summer or during my junior year so that I don't have to worry about them later on (I'll be pretty busy senior year).

Currently my essays aren't very good. They're like your typical robotic/chunky English class essay, and not very captivating. Where's a good place to read real college essays that got people into top schools?

Replies to: Help/Advice on College Essay

  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,576 Senior Member
    edited January 6
    Can’t recall the titles of the books, but I know of some books that purportedly show real life essays of Ivy League/Top 20 accepted students.

    Work with a trusted English teacher to refine your essays.

    And if you are taking AP Language and Composition/AP Literature and Composition, some instructors may give out college essay prompts for practice.

    My son’s AP Lit teacher had the students write UC/private school essays as a graded assignment. She took the time to grade essays for 50 students and put very constructive comments (although most of them were graded extremely harshly).
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,436 Senior Member
    A quick check with an online bookseller should reveal several options.
  • ktong777ktong777 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    @Hamurtle Thank you for letting me know! I'll look for some books. I'll probably work with my guidance counselor some time this semester to get some college essays written.

    @Publisher I'll look into it. Thank you!
  • yucca10yucca10 Registered User Posts: 824 Member
    Start by reading "Hack the College Essay",freely available online.
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