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Finding sample essays for Harvard?

Hello! I'm looking for some sample essays for Harvard to get a better idea of what it takes to be admitted. Are there any resources with successful application essays from previous years?

6 months ago

Hello! It's a great idea to review successful application essays to gain insights into what it takes to be admitted to top schools like Harvard. There are several resources available where you can find examples of successful essays.

First, check out the CollegeVine blog, which has a comprehensive analysis of an essay written for a past prompt: https://blog.collegevine.com/harvard-university-essay-examples/.

Additionally, many published books feature collections of successful Harvard essays. One such book is "50 Successful Harvard Application Essays," edited by the staff of the Harvard Crimson (the school newspaper). This book showcases a variety of essays that helped students gain admission to Harvard and can be found in bookstores or through online retailers.

Another option is to search online for blogs or forums other than CollegeVine where students share their own successful essays from college applications. Do keep in mind that each student's journey is unique, so what works for them may not necessarily work for you. Focus on your own voice and personal experiences when crafting your essay, rather than trying to emulate someone else's style.

Lastly, be cautious of using any essays you find online as a template, as plagiarism is an extremely serious offense and can result in your application being immediately disqualified. Use the sample essays as inspiration to help you brainstorm and develop your own writing style, but definitely don't try to replicate them in any way.

Good luck with your application and essay writing!

6 months ago

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