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“Is It Easy Being Green?”

ISBN: 9781492603771

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Published: 09/18/2014

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Description

More and more universities and colleges are looking beyond grade point averages and standardized test scores to choose their incoming freshman. What criteria do these institutions of higher education use as their litmus test--the college application essay. But will your average high school essay do the job? When competing against thousands of qualified candidates a college applicant needs more than an introduction, three paragraphs, and a conclusion in their writer’s tool belt: they need the skills to stand out from the crowd.

“Is It Easy Being Green?”: Writing the NEW College Application Essay offers every applicant the skills needed to write a powerful and successful application essay. Using real-life examples and testimonials “Is It Easy Being Green?” moves away from a strictly academic point of view, and uses creative writing techniques—memoir/personal essay genre in particular—to teach students how to write engaging and effective application essays. Centering on a narrative and lyrical balance, “Is It Easy Being Green?” is written in an approachable and easy-to-understand style.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction: The Personal Essay: A Creative Alternative to the Five-Paragraph Essay
What Makes This Book Different
Time Is on My Side
I’m under the Gun
Part I: Essays
Chapter 1: Narrative Essays: The Stories We Tell
Chapter 2: Lyric Essays: Inviting the Reader In
Chapter 3: Fact vs. Truth: What Our Experiences Mean
Chapter 4: Reduction and Style before Content: Making People into Characters and Learning to Leave Material Out
Chapter 5: Campus Narratives, Short Responses, and Non-Narrative Reponses
Part II: Techniques
Chapter 6: What Makes the Personal Essay Tick: A Look at Narrative-Lyric Balance
Chapter 7: Not Just Another English Essay: Making Space for Creativity in Personal Writing
Breaking the Rules of Academic Writing
In the Moment
A Controlled Start and a Soft Landing
Chapter 8: Maximizing Creativity in the Personal Essay
Fact vs. Truth and Imaginative Language
Reduction
Style before Content
The Litmus Test
Chapter 9: Other Compositional Considerations
A Note on Risk
Avoiding Cliché Essays
Strategies for Word Limits
Meeting Character Limits
Choosing a Title
Campus Narratives
Short Responses and Non-Narrative Responses
Optional Essays
Some Final Thoughts
Appendices:
A1. Essay Questions You Might See
A2. Strategies for Brainstorming Personal Material
A3. Matching Essays with Applications
A4. Timelines for Applying
A5. Organizational Charts
A6. Teacher Recommendations
A7. Interview with an Ivy League Interviewer
A8. Interview with a Stanford Student-Athlete Alumnus
A9. Easy Being Green Online
Sources Used
About the Contributors
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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Introduction

The Personal Essay: A Creative Alternative to the Five-Paragraph Essay

AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS spend so much of their education writing five-paragr

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Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8.5 in
Width: 5.875 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 224 pages

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