50 Successful University of California Application Essays: Get into the Top UC Colleges and Other Selective Schools

50 Successful University of California Application Essays: Get into the Top UC Colleges and Other Selective Schools

by Gen Tanabe, Kelly Tanabe

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Dedicated to giving prospective students the edge they need to distinguish themselves among tens of thousands of peers, this guidebook demystifies the essay portion of the application process to the top University of California schools, including those in Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego. With the high level of selectivity at University of California programs, the unique essay requirements posed by the schools, and the ever-climbing number of applicants, the book arms readers with 50 example essays that feature a discussion of the positive and negative aspect to each one, tips from college admission officers and successful applicants, and a description of the 25 essay mistakes to avoid at all costs. For anyone wishing to become a Bruin, Golden Bear, or student at any school affiliated with the University of California system, this resource serves as the ultimate must-have to maximize success when composing the essay portion of an application.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617601521
Publisher: SuperCollege LLC
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Belmont, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 25 Essay Mistakes that Guarantee Failure 1

Chapter 2 University of California Admissions Officer Q&A 13

Chapter 3 Academic Passion 25

"J. Paul Getty Museum" Sumaya Quillian 25

"Ocean Institute" Hayley Ritterhem 27

"Book" Jessica R. Weinman 30

"Desires for Knowledge" Kris Thompson 32

"World" Jessica R. Weinman 34

"Academic Preparation" Stephanie Anderson 36

Chapter 4 Books/Literature 39

"The Champion of the World" Ben L. 39

Chapter 5 Career 43

"Breaking Free of the Chains of a Corner Office" Cristina H. Mezgravis 43

"True Happiness" Armand Nelson Zenarosa Cuevas 46

Chapter 6 Challenges 49

"The Best Presents Sometimes Have the Worst Wrapping" Catherine Bronzo 49

"My UC Journey" Yia Vang 52

"Who I Am" Daniel Hien Vuong 54

"In the Midst of Every Difficulty Lies Opportunity" Carol Nguyen 57

"Struggling in My Skin" by Anonymous 59

Chapter 7 Community Service 61

"Home" by Anonymous 61

"The Next Generation" Nhi Yen Nguyen 64

"How I Found My Voice" Carol Nguyen 66

"Trellises" Shelby Newallis 68

"Whitney" Sumaya Quillian 71

Chapter 8 Family 75

"Her Hand" Kris Thompson 75

"My Name" Hayley Ritterhern 77

"Stories" by Anonymous 79

"Learning Family Style" by Anonymous 82

"My Life Saver" Jaimie Copprell 84

"Hot Showers and River Baths" Brian Tashjian 86

Chapter 9 Heritage and Identity 89

"My Tri-Lingual Origins" Edward Shafron 89

"Transitioning across Diversity Lines Effectively" Linda Thai 92

"The Freedom in My Origins" Cristina H. Mezgravis 94

"Passion and Potential" Nhi Yen Nguyen 97

Chapter 10 Humor 101

"My Summer Herding Cats" Edward Shafron 101

"Jerry" Jeremy Press 104

Chapter 11 Issues 107

"Juan" Jackie Botts 107

"A Home Without a Home" Ali Cardenas 109

Chapter 12 Leadership 113

"Leave Your Heart on the Dance Floor" Kaitlyn Makanaakua Basnett 113

"The Football Experience" Mitchell Brisacher 116

"Leadership" Armand Nelson Zenarosa Cuevas 118

Chapter 13 Personal Growth 121

"Bass Lake" Amber Fearon 121

"Potential to Contribute" Stephanie Anderson 123

"Leave It to Me" Amber Fearon 126

"The World I Come From" Jeremy Press 128

"Knowledge is to Know Nothing" Danish Qasim 130

"Lessons from Sojourn" by Anonymous 133

"My Greatest Fear" Mitchell Brisacher 135

"A Brutal Blemish" Brian Tashjian 137

Chapter 14 Talent 141

"Convincing" Inès C. Gérard-Ursin 141

"Cross Country" by Anonymous 143

"Stepping onto the Stage" Amber Fearon 146

"Dance" Jackie Botts 148

"Just One More" Jaimie Copprell 151

Chapter 15 Travel 155

"Defining Moments" Shelby Newallis 155

Chapter 16 Vignette 159

"The World of Bus Stops" Inès C. Gérard-Ursin 159

Chapter 17 Advice on Topics from University of California Students 163

Chapter 18 Advice on Writing from University of California Students 169

Chapter 19 What I Learned from Writing the Essay 175

About the Authors 182

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