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The Essay That Got Me Into Stanford

Below is the unedited essay that Meka Este-Mcdonald, founder of JoKno and recent Stanford grad, submitted to Stanford where he was subsequently accepted. Simply put, this is an essay that got a student into Stanford. To view our blog post on Meka’s 3 insider tips on how to get into Stanford, click here. Meka is a recent Stanford grad. Below is the essay that got him in.   Oracle of the Palm I looked down at my hand, a palm of blood. I am surprised, almost affronted. Things like this cannot happen to me. Hand-eye coordination was the problem of someone else− I was the four-square champ, a freshman varsity point guard, a leader in steals for my team due to the speed of my reflexes....



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How to Get into Stanford – 3 Insider Tips from a Recent Grad

Stanford is constantly ranked as one of the most difficult schools to get into. Stanford University remains one of the world’s leading universities. It’s prestige is surpassed by very few, if any, institutions in the United States. With that prestige comes a massive flood of eager and ambitious students aspiring to become one of the very few people accepted into the school’s freshman class each year. Boasting a 7% acceptance rate, receiving the big envelope in the mail from Stanford is statistically less likely than gaining acceptance into Teach For America or a top Med School. Given this difficulty level, we reached out to Meka Este-McDonald, a recent graduate of Stanford...



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Focus on: Personal Essay Question 5 – A Transitional Moment

Guest Blog Series by Katrina Oko-Odoi: Writing your College Admissions Essay for the New Common Application  Focus on: Personal Essay Question 5 – A Transitional Moment In past posts, we’ve addressed how the new changes to the 2014 Common Application will affect you, and we’ve taken a look at essay questions one through four. Today we focus on the final Common App essay – question number five. The Basics: –Keep it unique. Originality is key if you want to set yourself apart from the crowd. –Shoot for around 500 words on your first draft. After thorough edits and additions, you’ll likely be closer to the 650 word limit. -Remember, your essay is a supplement to the rest...



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It’s Not Too Late to Strengthen Your College Application Essays

College application essays are one of the most dreaded – and most important – parts of a college application. In order to help ApplyKit users make sure their college application essays stand out, our partner EditingWorm is offering huge discounts to ApplyKit users on essay evaluations – for ONE WEEK ONLY. Here are more details on the offer: SINGLE ESSAY – $20 (Normally $50) Best for students who only need 1 or 2 essays edited Ideal for those with only scholarship essays Services include proofreading for grammatical errors, spelling errors, and typos, as well as in-depth editing for structural and wording changes 48-hour turnaround MULTI ESSAY – $100 (Normally $200) Most...



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Focus on: Personal Essay Question 4 – Your Favorite Spot

Part 5 of Katrina Oko-Odoi’s Guest Blog Series: Writing your College Admissions Essay for the New Common Application In earlier topics, we’ve touched on how the new changes to the 2014 Common Application will affect you, and we’ve addressed essay questions one through three. In order to help you determine which question fits you best, today we will discuss essay question number four. The Basics: –Originality is key. Make sure you differentiate yourself from the competition. -When writing your first draft, aim for around 500 words. After revisions, it’s likely that you’ll be closer to the 650 limit. -Keep in mind that your essay is a supplement to the rest of your application....



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Focus on: Personal Essay Question 3 – Challenging the status quo

Part 4 of Katrina Oko-Odoi’s Guest Blog Series: Writing your College Admissions Essay for the New Common Application In the past three posts, we’ve addressed the general changes to the 2014 Common Application, and we’ve focused on essay questions one and two, considering which applicants these questions would work best for. I will now address essay question number three. Read on for some great insight and inspiration on writing your college essay! The Basics: –Make it unique. This is your chance to differentiate yourself from your competition. -When writing your first draft, shoot for 500 words. Chances are that after revisions, you’ll be closer to the 650 limit. -Remember that...



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Personal Essay Question 2 – Lessons learned from failure

Part 3 of  Katrina Oko-Odoi’s guest series: Writing your College Admissions Essay for the New Common Application So far, we’ve addressed the general changes to the 2014 Common Application, and we’ve explored essay question one, considering some possible scenarios for opting to write on that particular prompt. Today we move on to essay question number two. I hope that this gets your writing juices flowing! The Basics: -When writing your first draft, shoot for 500 words. Chances are that after revisions, you’ll be closer to the 650 limit. –Make it unique. This is your chance to differentiate yourself from the crowd. -Remember that your essay is a supplement to the rest of...



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Personal Essay Question 1 – Your Unique Story

Writing Your College Admissions Essay

Part 2 of Katrina Oko-Odoi’s Guest Blog Series:

Writing your College Admissions Essay for the New Common Application

Now that we’ve addressed the general changes to the 2014 Common Application, I’d like to take some time to focus on each individual essay prompt. Today’s focus is essay question number one. But before we dive into the essay topic, let’s consider the general instructions for the common app. essay: (more…)

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The New (and improved?) 2013-14 Common College Application: What do all the changes mean?

Part 1 of Katrina Oko-Odoi‘s Guest Blog Series: Writing your College Admissions Essay for the New Common Application

College admissions season is now in full swing! As some of you may already know, there are some changes this year that every applicant should be aware of. The majority of students applying for undergraduate admissions will be using the Common Application for at least some of the schools they’re applying to, and there have been major changes to this year’s version. It’s important to not only know about these changes, but to understand how they might impact you. (more…)

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