- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press (March 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580089100
- ISBN-13: 978-1580089104
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps: Crafting a Winning Personal Statement
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“This indispensable resource clearly outlines the qualities and techniques that make for superb personal statements. With an educator’s attentiveness and editor’s keen insight, Gelb provides applicants with much-needed advice as well as the confidence and skills they need to win over the admissions dean.”
—Sue Wasiolek, Dean of Students at Duke University and coauthor of Getting the Best out of College --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
ALAN GELB is a college essay coach and professional writer whose clients include colleges and universities across the country. He is the author of The Complete Student, A Survival Guide for Professionals, Most Likely to Succeed, and more. Alan lives with his family in East Chatham, New York.
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My freshman in high school was at an engineering camp for high school girls and they had a chance to apply for an essay-based engineering scholarship. I told her to use the examples and explanations in this book to help her with her essay.
Her essay was amazing, captivating, and just over a page in length. And, it won!
Alan Gelb is an college admissions/scholarship essay guru!
I recommend that the editing parent and student read 'Conquering . . ', then everyone is on the same page. Gelb crafts a great example of story telling by a classic 'mom', then injects the critical aspects of a successful essay. Very clever and interesting example for discussion between writer and editor.
Another great book is 'On Writing the College Application Essay', by Harry Bauld. In contrast, Bauld's book gives incredible insight into who is the recipient of the essay; how to fashion the final product to intrigue the decision maker and their panel; and the process of the application. 'On Writing . . ' is smartly written for the Ivy League applicant -- or the best prepared future state school attendee.
Together these two books will supply the writer with ammunition and the tools needed for a solid essay. Good Luck!