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One of the weaker College Application Essay books
on June 30, 2009
This book seems to be written from a literary perspective and not a college application perspective. It clearly doesn't take chances where it has to, such as giving clear examples of points only titled in the book. This book should change its name to "How to Write a Paper for College," as it does just that.
The first 66 pages are what you would find in any beginning composition class, but as seniors approaching college, students need more than just the basics. Almost all of the examples aren't even application essay examples, but literary examples which don't serve a purpose. Examples such as an introduction on Dickens is completely useless. How about an introduction for a college application essay? And the examples go on from there: desert animals, The Simpsons, Hamlet, Moby Dick, and a comparison of FDR and Wilson. It's almost as if the writer can't write a good application essay, which is why the examples are literary and historical in nature. and not really talking about a college applicant and what makes them an individual, unique, and special, for the college he or she wants to attend..
What students really need are powerful introductions, a method of bringing themselves out in an essay, and memorable conclusions, not just worthless literary examples for English 101.