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Patent pending How to Write a Great Application Essay Sing your own song in your own true voice. 协同 配合 = 》 2
Patent pending This Ppt was created by: Ned Boudreau, founder & president, Synergy Educational Services LLC, a college advisory firm in Shanghai. 协同 配合 = 》 2 Go to
Patent pending Ned Boudreau * Boston College: B.A. summa cum laude in Philosophy * Northeastern University: graphic arts * Harvard University: marketing * Southern New Hampshire University: M.Sc. in Development Economics 20 years in U.S. corporate sector (marketing) 2+ years in Africa * 8 years teaching in Shanghai
Patent pending Ned Boudreau Authored 100+ published works Award-winning creative director Languages: German, French Countries lived in: England, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Ghana (West Africa), now China
Patent pending Synergy Educational Services LLC Synergy is a legal entity incorporated and registered in the state ofDelaware, USA. (Delaware State File Number: ) Mission: to provide informed, appropriate advice regarding colleges in the U.S. or U.K., as well as to provide native-level editorial services. Synergy guides students through the entire college application process, and ensures that essays and personal statements are polished to a professional level.
Patent pending Students admitted to: Harvard Stanford Columbia Cornell Duke PENN Northwestern U of Chicago + Rice, Vanderbilt and many other Top 100 universities and colleges
Patent pending st rule re: Application Essays Do not go over the maximum word count Not by a single word At the SH Educational Fair last year, I asked admissions officers this question: “What about long statements of purpose and personal essays?”
Patent pending Their replies: Anyone dumb enough to write beyond the word count is too dumb for our school. Students who cannot follow the most basic rules are not likely to obey other rules. Long essays go right into the REJECT folder. Exceeding the word count is a type of cheating. If students cheat on word count, they’ll probably cheat on other essays or tests. I put long essays directly into the REJECT pile. So! Rule #1 about PS or SP essays: Don’t ever go over the word count. Full stop.
Patent pending Rule #2: Personalize Use the word “you” in your essay Refer to specific Professors and their research Tell the Application Committee why you hope and intend to study with those professors Go to the school’s website and research We will come back to this when I show you a real SP
Patent pending Rule #3: Customize Refer to the specific department and to the school This is true for letters of recommendation, too Will show you how when we look at a real essay
Patent pending Tell how you will add value... ... To your program, the department, and to campus Will show you how
Patent pending Above all (this is Truth #4) Do not imitate or model your SP or essays on someone else’s. Speak/write with your own voice in your own words; tell your own story.
Patent pending Truth #4, continued Admissions reps will know the difference between your SP and a copied idea They’ve heard and seen all the major “models” on the various websites and chat sites where Chinese students swap info and tips. And don’t let your teachers copy a standard or form letter of recommendation.
Patent pending Special note re: Letters of Recommendation In 2009, the school where I taught brought in an American consultant to speak about recommendation letters. She had been an Admissions Rep and Director at top U.S. schools (UConn, Yale) She used my letters of recommendation as handouts. I write the best, most powerful rec letters in the known universe. Go to synergyedu-usa.com to read samples.
Patent pending So! On to a real SP Note: The client’s name has been changed because he does not want to lose Face or be embarrassed.
Patent pending Remember: Sing your own song in your own voice. 协同 配合 = 》 2
Patent pending Before I say Good night... I would like to say thank you to Gavin Lee, our host and the Director of the PR Club. And special thanks to Fred Li, who helped organize this presentation.
Patent pending Best wishes & best success Thank you Questions? (changing majors?) 协同 配合 = 》 2 Go to