Writing Successful College Applications

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Table of Contents

• Introduction

• Writing from Your Heart and Mind: Background on Preparing a College Essay That Only YOU Could Write

• Sample Before and After of “Two-Dimensional” vs. “Three-Dimensional” Essays

• Tips, Checklists, Dos and Don’ts to Writing Your College Essay (and Other Writing for Your Application)

• 50+ Sample Essays Divided Into Categories by Theme

• The Activity Paragraph—How to Write One, Samples, Dos and Don’ts

• The Academic Paragraph—How to Write One, Samples, Dos and Don’ts

• The “Why This School?” Paragraph—How to Write One, Samples, Dos and Don’ts

• The Brag Sheet—Advice on How to Write One, Samples, Dos and Don’ts

• Other Supplemental Writing Tips for Short-Answer Essays—How to Write Them, Samples, Dos and Don’ts

• How to Tweak and “Recycle” Writing for Different Questions Asked at Multiple Schools

• Interviews with Deans of Admission and Directors of College Counseling from Across America to Provide Insights, Tips, and Wisdom

• Concluding Remarks and Index



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Thanks, Amazon customer, for the 5-Star Review of Writing Successful College Applications. I am glad this book has been so helpful during what can be a very stressful time. That's the idea! "Great book and has tons of good information. It has been very useful in my college application process, and it provides alot of writing examples that has helped me to write my own." ...

Thank you, Amazon Customer, for today's 5-Star review of Writing Successful College Applications. I am so glad it helped you! "Great book and has tons of good information. It has been very useful in my college application process, and it provides a lot of writing examples that has helped me to write my own." #collegeessay #collegeapplications #college #highschool ...

Thank you, A.S., for the 5-Star Amazon Review! "This book is a must-read for any student who could benefit from guidance through the college application process. Cynthia Muchnick's user-friendly book is brimming with practical advice and Do's and Don'ts that serve to reduce the overwhelming tasks at hand into comprehensible and manageable steps. I am confident that this book will minimize the anxiety and stress often associated with the college application process and provide my son with the tools needed to produce applications that best reflect who he is and what he has to offer. Highly recommend!" ...

Great Barnes & Noble 5-Star Review today! Thank you! "This book is a lifesaver. If you want a comprehensive guide to writing a stirring essay, this is the book for you. Chapter 2 especially sticks out, with an amazing list of "Dos and Don'ts."
The example essays in the third chapter are also a good guide on how to tackle the "Why Duke" type of essays. Overall, I would recommend this book to high schoolers who want their application to stick out to a reader. BUY THIS BOOK!"
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Thank you, L.M. for the great review on Amazon of Writing Successful College Applications. It's definitely the time of year for rising seniors to read this book! "I've become a fan of Ms. Muchnick's books, and this one does not disappoint. Notably, the book has been written to retain relevance from year to year, amidst inevitable and frequent changes to the applications themselves. In other words, the author mentions specific prompts but does not wed herself to them; she includes dozens of thoughtful questions which have been written to ignite inspiring brainstorming sessions and thus convert nervous overwhelm into productive action."
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College Essay Boot Camp

July 10, 2016, 9:00am - July 10, 2016, 2:00pm

Panicked About Your College Essays? Not Sure What Colleges Are Even Looking For? The Annual College Essay Boot Camp is back by popular demand! Two leading college counselors are once again joining forces to relieve your stress and to give you a jumpstart on this important process. We have expanded to add a second day to further support students’ success. WHO: Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis, private college counselors with a combined 30 years of experience working with high school students WHAT: By the end of this 2-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to: · Learn what admissions officers want to see in college application essays · Critique successful essays · Know the “dos” and “don’ts” of writing stand-out essays · Brainstorm essay topics · Determine a topic · Leave with a working draft of the college essay either for UC or Common Application schools · Receive personalized feedback on the essay · Know exactly what to do next to make it a polished, authentic, and stand-out piece · Receive two additional reviews via email in the weeks after the conclusion of the workshop We guarantee a 5:1 student to instructor ratio. Students will get the attention they need to move past “writer’s block.” WHERE: 7700 Irvine Spectrum Drive, Suite 800, Irvine 92618 WHEN: DAY 1: Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 PM DAY 2: Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 PM WHY: While we are no longer accepting students for this application season, we continue to receive daily phone calls from anxious seniors and their parents. We are offering this valuable workshop to diminish stress and to educate students as they navigate what can be an immensely stressful process. WHAT TO BRING: A laptop computer and any essay drafts you may have if you want them reviewed or want to use them as a starting point COST: Early Bird Registration (Prior to June 15): $599 Regular Registration: $699 Late Registration (Walk-ins, space permitting): $749 Additional Materials Fee: $30 Students will receive a signed copy of Cindy’s newly released book Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More Than Just the Essay as well as other handouts and refreshments. *Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We anticipate that space will fill quickly, and we encourage you to fill out the attached form and return it as soon as possible. Cindy is a graduate of Stanford University and worked in college admissions at University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has read and evaluated over 3000 college applications. For the past 15+ years, Cynthia has run a private college counseling business working with middle through high school students on study skills and the college application process. She is the author of nine books including: Best College Admission Essays, Straight-A Study Skills, The Everything College Checklist Book, Everything Guide to Study Skills and the new Writing Successful College Applications. For more information on Cindy visit www.cynthiamuchnick.com. Jenn is co-founder of FutureWise Consulting and is the Director of College Counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her master’s degree from USC, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and named Dean's Scholar. Jenn earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Jenn developed and teaches a college and career readiness program for first generation students. She is the expert college counseling guest contributor for several blogs and mentors new college counselors. In addition, she is the editorial assistant for an academic journal, has edited several books, and works with graduate and doctoral students in developing effective writing skills. For more information on Jenn visit www.futurewiseconsulting.com. Registration Form Please complete the form below and email to jenn@futurewiseconsulting.com OR mail check and registration form to FutureWise Consulting, 7700 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 800, Irvine, CA 92618 Student’s Name: _____________________________________________________________ Email Address: ______________________________________________________________ High School: ________________________________________________________________ Parent’s Name: ______________________________________________________________ Email address: ______________________________________________________________ Home address: ______________________________________________________________ Phone number: ______________________________________________________________ Student’s potential list of schools: ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ *Please make checks payable to Cindy Muchnick or you may use PayPal (cindy.muchnick@cox.net). Registration will be confirmed once your check is received. Early Bird Registration (Prior to June 1): $599 Regular Registration: $699 Late Registration (Walk-ins, space permitting): $749 Additional Materials Fee: $30

Panicked About Your College Essays? Not Sure What Colleges Are Even Looking For?
The Annual College Essay Boot Camp is back by popular demand!

Two leading college counselors are once again joining forces to relieve your stress and to give you a jumpstart on this important process. We have expanded to add a second day to further support students’ success.

WHO: Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis, private college counselors with a combined 30 years of experience working with high school students

WHAT: By the end of this 2-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to:

· Learn what admissions officers want to see in college application essays

· Critique successful essays

· Know the “dos” and “don’ts” of writing stand-out essays

· Brainstorm essay topics

· Determine a topic

· Leave with a working draft of the college essay either for UC or Common Application schools

· Receive personalized feedback on the essay

· Know exactly what to do next to make it a polished, authentic, and stand-out piece

· Receive two additional reviews via email in the weeks after the conclusion of the workshop

We guarantee a 5:1 student to instructor ratio. Students will get the attention they need to move past “writer’s block.”

WHERE: 7700 Irvine Spectrum Drive, Suite 800, Irvine 92618

WHEN:

DAY 1: Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 PM

DAY 2: Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 PM

WHY: While we are no longer accepting students for this application season, we continue to receive daily phone calls from anxious seniors and their parents. We are offering this valuable workshop to diminish stress and to educate students as they navigate what can be an immensely stressful process.

WHAT TO BRING: A laptop computer and any essay drafts you may have if you want them reviewed or want to use them as a starting point

COST:

Early Bird Registration (Prior to June 15): $599

Regular Registration: $699

Late Registration (Walk-ins, space permitting): $749

Additional Materials Fee: $30

Students will receive a signed copy of Cindy’s newly released book Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More Than Just the Essay as well as other handouts and refreshments.

*Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We anticipate that space will fill quickly, and we encourage you to fill out the attached form and return it as soon as possible.

Cindy is a graduate of Stanford University and worked in college admissions at University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has read and evaluated over 3000 college applications. For the past 15+ years, Cynthia has run a private college counseling business working with middle through high school students on study skills and the college application process. She is the author of nine books including: Best College Admission Essays, Straight-A Study Skills, The Everything College Checklist Book, Everything Guide to Study Skills and the new Writing Successful College Applications. For more information on Cindy visit www.cynthiamuchnick.com.

Jenn is co-founder of FutureWise Consulting and is the Director of College Counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her master’s degree from USC, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and named Dean's Scholar. Jenn earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Jenn developed and teaches a college and career readiness program for first generation students. She is the expert college counseling guest contributor for several blogs and mentors new college counselors. In addition, she is the editorial assistant for an academic journal, has edited several books, and works with graduate and doctoral students in developing effective writing skills. For more information on Jenn visit www.futurewiseconsulting.com.

Registration Form

Please complete the form below and email to jenn@futurewiseconsulting.com OR mail check and registration form to FutureWise Consulting, 7700 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 800, Irvine, CA 92618



Student’s Name: _____________________________________________________________



Email Address: ______________________________________________________________



High School: ________________________________________________________________



Parent’s Name: ______________________________________________________________



Email address: ______________________________________________________________



Home address: ______________________________________________________________


Phone number: ______________________________________________________________



Student’s potential list of schools:


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*Please make checks payable to Cindy Muchnick or you may use PayPal (cindy.muchnick@cox.net). Registration will be confirmed once your check is received.


Early Bird Registration (Prior to June 1): $599

Regular Registration: $699

Late Registration (Walk-ins, space permitting): $749


Additional Materials Fee: $30
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College Essay Boot Camp

July 10, 2016, 9:00am - July 10, 2016, 2:00pm

Panicked About Your College Essays? Not Sure What Colleges Are Even Looking For? The Annual College Essay Boot Camp is back by popular demand! Two leading college counselors are once again joining forces to relieve your stress and to give you a jumpstart on this important process. We have expanded to add a second day to further support students’ success. WHO: Cindy Muchnick and Jenn Curtis, private college counselors with a combined 30 years of experience working with high school students WHAT: By the end of this 2-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to: · Learn what admissions officers want to see in college application essays · Critique successful essays · Know the “dos” and “don’ts” of writing stand-out essays · Brainstorm essay topics · Determine a topic · Leave with a working draft of the college essay either for UC or Common Application schools · Receive personalized feedback on the essay · Know exactly what to do next to make it a polished, authentic, and stand-out piece · Receive two additional reviews via email in the weeks after the conclusion of the workshop We guarantee a 5:1 student to instructor ratio. Students will get the attention they need to move past “writer’s block.” WHERE: 7700 Irvine Spectrum Drive, Suite 800, Irvine 92618 WHEN: DAY 1: Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 PM DAY 2: Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 PM WHY: While we are no longer accepting students for this application season, we continue to receive daily phone calls from anxious seniors and their parents. We are offering this valuable workshop to diminish stress and to educate students as they navigate what can be an immensely stressful process. WHAT TO BRING: A laptop computer and any essay drafts you may have if you want them reviewed or want to use them as a starting point COST: Early Bird Registration (Prior to June 15): $599 Regular Registration: $699 Late Registration (Walk-ins, space permitting): $749 Additional Materials Fee: $30 Students will receive a signed copy of Cindy’s newly released book Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More Than Just the Essay as well as other handouts and refreshments. *Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We anticipate that space will fill quickly, and we encourage you to fill out the attached form and return it as soon as possible. Cindy is a graduate of Stanford University and worked in college admissions at University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has read and evaluated over 3000 college applications. For the past 15+ years, Cynthia has run a private college counseling business working with middle through high school students on study skills and the college application process. She is the author of nine books including: Best College Admission Essays, Straight-A Study Skills, The Everything College Checklist Book, Everything Guide to Study Skills and the new Writing Successful College Applications. For more information on Cindy visit www.cynthiamuchnick.com. Jenn is co-founder of FutureWise Consulting and is the Director of College Counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her master’s degree from USC, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and named Dean's Scholar. Jenn earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Jenn developed and teaches a college and career readiness program for first generation students. She is the expert college counseling guest contributor for several blogs and mentors new college counselors. In addition, she is the editorial assistant for an academic journal, has edited several books, and works with graduate and doctoral students in developing effective writing skills. For more information on Jenn visit www.futurewiseconsulting.com. Registration Form Please complete the form below and email to jenn@futurewiseconsulting.com OR mail check and registration form to FutureWise Consulting, 7700 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 800, Irvine, CA 92618 Student’s Name: _____________________________________________________________ Email Address: ______________________________________________________________ High School: ________________________________________________________________ Parent’s Name: ______________________________________________________________ Email address: ______________________________________________________________ Home address: ______________________________________________________________ Phone number: ______________________________________________________________ Student’s potential list of schools: ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ *Please make checks payable to Cindy Muchnick or you may use PayPal (cindy.muchnick@cox.net). Registration will be confirmed once your check is received. Early Bird Registration (Prior to June 1): $599 Regular Registration: $699 Late Registration (Walk-ins, space permitting): $749 Additional Materials Fee: $30

Thanks, A., for the 5-Star Amazon review of Writing Successful College Applications: "A fantastic guide through the college application process. This outstanding book simplifies the overwhelming journey a student takes to get into college. This motivating and inspirational book is just the thing to get a student started!" I am glad the book was so helpful! ...

Thank you to a local reader for this nice review! "This book was extremely helpful to [my twins] during this college application process. Parents of juniors, I highly encourage you to buy this book now and read it with your kids this spring or summer. We have read it cover to cover at least twice. Cindy is also an excellent speaker if you want to contact her to arrange for her to speak to your school community or group." ...

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Look forward to speaking to the Northwood High School Freshman NCL Group on tonight about study skills, time management, and school success. Thank you for inviting me! ...

Need inspiration for last-minute college essays? Saw these today at my local Barnes & Noble in the "College Admissions" section, or go to Amazon to order yours today. This book will help relieve some stress. . . . ...

Need inspiration for last-minute college essays? Saw these today at my local Barnes & Noble, or go on line to Amazon. This book will help relieve some stress. . . . ...

Reposting a colleague's sage words: "This week, as you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, be mindful of the high school seniors seated at the table. Odds are they don't want to talk about their college applications any more than you want to talk about work.
Questions about college aren't inherently bad. In fact, most of the them come from a place of caring. What people really want to know is how the kids are doing, what's going on in their lives, how they are managing stress, what they are thinking about their future. The problem is that too often this curiosity manifests itself as, "So have you finished your college essay yet?"
It's infinitely more supportive to ask them about the things they love to do and the challenges and ideas that intrigue them than it is to inquire about what they plan to major in, how they intend to make a career of it, and what that career will be. It also invites them to ask you the same kinds of questions, which creates a space for real conversation, not one-directional interrogation--or the perception of it.
So please do the high school seniors in your life a favor. Help make the Thanksgiving table a college-free zone. Redirect the conversation. Ask questions that show you are interested in them, not their applications. Share stories about your own path."
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Writing Successful College Applications

On Sale September 30th

Today’s college admission applications involve writing more than just one essay. The various required paragraphs and statements demand skill and finesse. Writing Successful College Applications offers vital tips and step-by-step expert advice to help students create outstanding essays to succeed in all aspects of their college applications. This new book offers proven strategies to help students craft a successful essay or personal statement, with tips and insights to guide them through the writing process. There are over 50 sample personal statements from successful students plus bonus information on how to write strong activity and academic paragraphs as well as the “Why This School” paragraph-essential pieces of college applications that should not be overlooked. Interviews with Deans of Admission offer valuable information on what colleges are really looking for in an admission essay.

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Parents Learn ABCs of College Admission

by L.B. Editor Feb. 5, 2015 A panelist with experience navigating college entry provided reassuring advice about an anxiety-ridden rite of passage for parents and their children at the PTA’s Coffee Break talk last week. Participants included representatives of the high school counseling department and community college, a private college counselor and author, and a private standardized test prep provider. Parents learned that Laguna Beach High School provides ample help navigating the process if they can take advantage of the annual College Round Up, which hosts more than 100 college representatives for an open-house in Dugger Gym. Additionally, nearly 90 college reps visit the school for more intimate meetings with interested students. Each student can also take advantage of an online tool, Naviance, to stay organized, take interest inventories, research colleges or enrichment programs, sign-up for meetings with visiting college reps, or standardized tests, etc. Push button for full... read more

Coffee Break: How to Get Into College

Kate Rogers/Coastline Pilot February 5, 2015 Getting into college can be one of the most anxiety-producing rites of passage for parents and their children. In response, PTA’s Coffee Break hosted a panel Wednesday to discuss college acceptance tips. Participants included two representatives of Laguna Beach High School’s counseling department, a local community college counseling official, a private college counselor and author, and a private provider of standardized-test preparation. Dawn Hunnicut, a college and career specialist, emphasized the value of campus visits that provide an opportunity to start a relationship with someone from one’s dream school. Read the full... read more

Writers on Writing Interview

Writers on Writing October 1, 2014 Orange County writer Cindy Muchnick, author of WRITING SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE APPLICATIONS, talks about ways in which she enjoys the publicity and marketing side of being an author, her experience collaborating with her teenage son on one of her nine books, and her advice to fellow writers to “just write it.” The interview begins at the 21 minute mark in the program.   Listen to the Interview – jump to minute... read more

4 Posnack Alumni Featured in College Essay How To

PosnackSchool.org September 30, 2014   College admission essays by four Posnack alumni, Sharon Ghelman of the Class of 2013 and Brooke Rice, Justin Etzine, and Shelby Curran of the Class of 2014, are featured in the recently released Writing Successful College Applications, by Cindy Muchnick. Kol Ha-kavod to our alumni!   Read the Full... read more

Crash Course in College Essay Writing – 12 Tips to Get You Started and Your Juices Flowing

Guest Author / Peterson’s Newswire September 29, 2014 The clock is ticking and you are a new high school senior (or parent of one!). The summer flew by without even a thought about what to write about for your college essays. Were you too busy with SAT prep? Driver’s ed? Hanging out with friends? Working? Procrastinating? Don’t worry, because help has arrived. Follow these dozen tips below and (hopefully) your juices will be flowing. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of Writing Successful College Applications and start reading and getting inspired. But for now, here is your “Cliff’s Notes” version of what you can do to get started:   Read the Full... read more

Under Cover: Newporter Wrote the Book on College Apps

Edie Crabtree / Newport Beach Independent September 26, 2014 Finishing high school and preparing to make the leap into college can be a very stressful time. Although they still have one foot squarely in adolescence, we expect our young people to be able to start making important life decisions. No longer is the most pressing question whether or not there is time to make it to Starbucks and back during tutorial. Instead, teens must consider what career they would like to work towards, what major they should choose, and which university is best suited to fill their needs, all while considering cost, proximity to home, and whether or not a job will be a necessity.   Read the Full... read more

Meet Local Author and Education Consultant Cindy Muchnick

Ilene Schneider / KosherOC.com September 23, 2014 Orange County author unveils new college application writing book and conducts free college application writing seminar Sunday, October 5. Local author, educational consultant, and speaker Cynthia Muchnick’s ninth book, Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More than Just the Essay (Peterson’s Publishing) goes on sale September 30, just in time for high school juniors, rising seniors and their parents to get essential help in the college application process. The title will also be available as an e-book.   Read the Full... read more

Top Ten Tips for Successful Application Writing

Peterson’s Newswire September 15, 2014 Your college application writing is not just about writing one personal statement. There are often several shorter essays, supplemental questions, and short answers required by schools, too. This top ten list will quickly prepare you for all of the writing required on your college applications. Heed this advice and you will be able to start your process “in the know.”   Read the Full... read more

Cynthia Muchnick Pens 9th Title: Writing Successful College Applications

PRWeb September 08, 2014 After nearly two decades of a career that has included work as an assistant director of admission, private educational consultant and public speaker, author Cynthia Muchnick has taken her expertise and put it down in writing, making the college application process a little bit easier for today’s high school students.   Read the Full... read more

Like Mother, Like Son

Valerie Takahama / Orange Coast Magazine September, 2014 Newport Beach author Cynthia Muchnick has forged a career penning how-to books based on real-life experiences. Her first, “Will You Marry Me?,” was inspired by her husband’s marriage proposal. Now 16-year-old son Justin is following in her footsteps.   Read the Full... read more


Praise for Writing Successful College Applications

“In her newest volume, Muchnick covers everything a student needs to make their application stand out . . .  By sharing a list of dos and don’ts that cover everything, down to which Internet browser is the best when formatting your work, as well as including a section of common questions and answers, Muchnick ensures that virtually any topic you might need assistance with is covered.” 

Newport Beach Independent

“Do’s and Don’t of College Applications. The summer before your child’s senior year of high school, leave this book on your kid’s desk with a brightly colored sticky note on top suggesting that they just read the very short Chapter two, and then do not say another word. This chapter alone will not only be exceedingly useful, but it will also most likely draw them in to want to read the rest of the book! The “do’s and don’ts” of each chapter are terrific, straightforward and too the point. Muchnick provides years of college counseling expertise wrapped up in a very easy to read format. So, if you want to avoid conflict and drama with your high school student over the stressful college application process, leave the advising to the experts and buy this book so that you can just be there to support your student along the way.”

Keri U.

Reader

“College applications: A Family Affair. Having a child reach the age of preparing to apply for college, signals a marker in the family’s life cycle. This can be an exciting time but usually also provokes anxiety and strong emotions. Just when adolescents want to make their own decisions and look forward to more autonomy, parents want to guide, protect and coach their child to make wise decisions. To demystify this stressful process, I found Cynthia Muchnick’s new book, Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More Than Just the Essay a must read! Muchnick guides readers through the process of applying to college by providing specific, clear and knowledge-based suggestions for navigating the process successfully and writing a great college essay. She knows what you need to know.”

psyched

Reader

“Cindy’s books are extremely helpful, well written, cut-to-the-chase “how to” books. My son used her first “essay” book and it sparked some great thoughts that became his college essays! Seriously, once he read her book, the words just flowed onto the page! Her recent book is even more helpful. I highly recommend this book for your juniors/seniors who are thinking about colleges, or are in the throws of applications!” M. Gollis

Reader

“This book was a true lifesaver for my daughter (and her parents) as we are in the middle of the college application process. Muchnick’s book provides wonderful examples of what a college essay should contain and my daughter has referred back to the essays frequently while creating her own essays. Thanks for such a well written tool. This book is a must read.”

Anonymous

Reader

Invaluable intel. If I could only go back in time to writing my own college essays! This book goes beyond the ‘how-to’s by providing examples and thought-provoking exercises for students applying for college. Things have CHANGED since my generation and muchnick’s book fills in all the holes. WOW…I WANT A DO-OVER!”

Sugar Mama

Reader

“College App Counseling Clear and Specific. At last — a way in to the enormity of the college application process! This book is truly a helpful tool. It lays out the different parts of an application, and clearly describes (and offers good examples of) various approaches one might take to complete the different pieces. I particularly felt the Do’s and Don’ts were useful — the sections that offer bulleted points will be easy to utilize when working with my kids.”

Mother of Four

Reader

“Inspire your kids. Concise and organized in such a way that you can quickly jump to what you are looking for. Its great to read all the different kinds of successful essays from many different student voices – my eleventh grader after reading was immediately inspired, saying “I can do this!”

D. LaPuma

Reader

“Ace the college application. Excellent suggestions for completing dynamite college applications. Many of the essays are unique and most demonstrate a strong voice and superior writing skills. A careful reading of this book will help students successfully navigate the challenges of the daunting college application process.”

Victoria de Felice

Reader



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