EDUCATION

50 Yale Admission Success Stories: And the Essays That Made Them Happen

St. Martin’s. Mar. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781250248794. pap. $17.99. ED
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Every year, applicants craft compelling essays in hopes of gaining admission to top colleges. Readers wondering what an Ivy League–worthy writing sample looks like will appreciate this book, compiled by the staff of the Yale Daily News. Included here are responses to common application prompts (in which applicants write about achieving milestones, overcoming adversity, or any topic of their choosing) and responses to the Yale University undergraduate application (in which prospective students answer questions such as why they want to attend Yale and what they wish to study). Along with the essays are profiles and line drawings of the students who submitted them. A junior economics major from Paris reflects on his decision to learn Spanish at an early age; a senior mathematics major from Baton Rouge, LA, describes how failing in her scientific endeavors pushed her to try again.
VERDICT Though the book is specific to Yale, it will entice students competing for admission at any highly selective college that requires writing samples and seeks well-rounded, intellectually curious students. Parents and academic advisers guiding students through the admissions process will also benefit from this work.

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