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Examples of College admission Essays, free Samples
There are thousands and thousands of sample college application essays available on the Internet today. These provide a valuable resource for current-year applicants who want to familiarize themselves with this type of writing before starting their own essays. Before you start looking at samples, however, make sure you know how to correctly use them. Misuse of college application essay examples can actually hurt your own admissions writing.
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These are 5 of the most common Topics/Examples that you will see when you write college admission essays for a majority of schools. However, many top level schools (Harvard, Yale, Columbia, etc…) will ask you to write a unique essay with super specific prompts. So be ready for anything!
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I find these examples and the ensuing comments to be an example of just how subjective college admissions officers are when making their decisions. Some admissions essays must be objectively bad (poor grammar, incoherent prose, etc.) and I imagine that some must be objectively good, however, it seems to me that the great bulk lie in the middle. In that middle ground then isn’t the merit of one’s essay inextricably tied to the taste’s of the admissions officers reviewing that essay? Would a brilliant essay by Hunter S. Thompson be tossed out because the reader hated drug use and non-conformity? Would an essay by Tom Wolfe be rejected because the reader hated exclamations? Oh my! Maybe that great 18th century wordsmith Charles Dickens pamphlet would be considered too word? Or Hemingway’s to sparse?Your goal in writing your college essays is to create a self-portrait that singles you out and places you ahead of your competition at your target schools. To accomplish this, your essays will need to be creative, thoughtful, and compelling. Below you will find four sample essays that serve as examples of college essay excellence. As you read them, there are a few key elements that you should take note of: the distinct individuality of each essay, the clear theme, the engaging opening, and the conclusion that ties the essay together, making it a complete, coherent unit. Each essay you read should make you feel like you've just met an interesting person that you'd like to hear more about, or meet, or in the case of the admissions committee, accept.