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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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Looking for College Essay Examples

Hey! Does anyone know where I can find some solid college essay examples? I'm trying to get a feel for what sort of narratives and writing styles are successful. I learn better by example, and it's a bit daunting not knowing if I'm on the right track.

8 months ago

Hello! I completely understand wanting to have a few benchmarks to compare your own writing against—it's a common and sensible approach to preparing your college essays. A great place to start would be to look at the essays provided by admissions websites or blogs from the colleges you're interested in. Schools often self-publish successful essays from previous applicants. Additionally, some educational prep platforms like CollegeVine offer essay guides and examples that can give you an insight into various successful writing styles and topics. Check out CollegeVine's collection of real applicant essays, along with feedback on what's strong and what can be improved: https://www.collegevine.com/category/essays/essay-examples

Moreover, books such as '50 Successful Harvard Application Essays' by the Staff of the Harvard Crimson can provide you with a variety of essay examples from students who gained admission to highly selective colleges. Just remember that while these essays can serve as inspiration, your own essay should be a reflection of your unique experiences and personal voice. Never plagiarize! Try to focus on what makes your story distinct rather than trying to fit your narrative into someone else's mold.

Good luck, and if you need further guidance, don't hesitate to reach out to a counselor at your school or an independent advisor!

8 months ago

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