What's In Your College Essay?

Monday, December 27, 2010

A special call-in for high school seniors -- are you at home working on your college entrance essays? What subject are you writing about? What was the question you have to answer? And how is it going?  Call and share your experience. Plus -- college admissions officers, we are keeping a line open for you to call in and give these college-hopefuls some advice.

Comments [6]

David in NYC from NYC

Applying to college? Read this:

In 1989 or 1990 someone figured out exactly what colleges want to see in the essay. I read it in Harper's Magazine. It made its way to the Internet, and for 15 years the author never knew that his college application essay had become an "urban legend", or that it was on a dozen web pages.

(For the skeptical: this is real, and the author now can readily be found on the web.)
Here are two links for college applicants:

(Re: 2nd link -- it's not a joke.)

Dec. 27 2010 12:06 PM
cjm_bklyn from Brooklyn

Trombone and piano rep:
P. Hindemith - Sonate
A. Guilmant - Morceau symphonique
Barat - Andante et allegro
G. Jacob - Concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov - Concerto
Serocki - Sonatine

Orchestral Rep:
Ravel - Bolero
Brahms - Symphony No. 1
Mozart - Requiem (Tuba Mirum)
R. Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel
Berlioz - Hungarian March (Damnation of Faust)
Rossini - William Tell Overture
Wagner - Ride of Die Walkure
Wagner - Tannhauser Overture
Brahms - Symphony No. 4
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
R. Schumann - Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish")
Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 3

Dec. 27 2010 11:45 AM
Jezra Kaye from Brooklyn, NY

So many talented and ambitious young people don't make it to college, in part because they don't have the kind of help with their applications that middle class kids routinely get. If you're willing to give 3 1/2 days next summer, you can help change that by volunteering with College Summit. This will be my fourth year, and I've already helped 20 young people get into college; but you actually get much, much more than you give. The inspiration, the camaraderie and the satisfaction are unmatched. The young people are wonderful, and the volunteers are an amazing group.

Dec. 27 2010 11:44 AM
jonnknoxx from nyc

If you are letting your child major in the trombone, you are not a good parent.

Dec. 27 2010 11:38 AM
Adela from NYC

I think Dylan Bronstein's approach is the way to go. Colleges want to see the real you - hopefully, a well rounded young person who can express personal opinions and experiences effectively. I helped students with their essays this fall, and the ones who got acceptance letters were those who wrote about moving experiences-mission trips, death of loved ones, acts of services to others, and not the ones with unrealistic goals and aspirations -things that are beyond the understanding of 17-year-olds. contact me for help:

Dec. 27 2010 11:26 AM
Dylan Bronstein from Montclair, NJ

Hey I'm a High School Senior applying to college today and I took a more personal route with my essay. I wrote about a moment, that couldn't have lasted more than a minute or two, where I was rock climbing in the Adirondacks and I lost my grip for a moment. I wrote my college essay about the emotions that flew threw my mind in that brief moment and how I got out of such a predicament. It's really funny because I've had so many people read it and tell me their opinion and I've had people who cried and people who thought I needed a summary at the end of my essay saying why I wanted to go to college. In the end I have to say that the hardest part about writing a college essay is keeping it true to yourself and not folding to the pressure of others. That being said I feel that I've been lucky, being able to write about such a personal moment.

Dec. 27 2010 10:21 AM

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