Elizabeth Benedict's DON'T SWEAT THE ESSAY provides private help and public information about how best to create effective essays for college and grad school applications. My articles appear occasionally on HUFFINGTON POST and information on www.DontSweatTheEssay.com. Contact: Liz@DontSweatTheEssay.com or phone 1-855-99-ESSAY.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Teachable Moments: Kwasi Enin
I've pulled together my thoughts on the Kwasi Enin phenomenon for Huffington Post- and especially after reading the draft of his college application essay obtained by the New York Post. Here is an excerpt.
"There are simply not enough places at these few schools for all the students with perfect grades and perfect scores. Which brings me to Kwasi's essay, what it reveals about him, and what it reveals about what top schools seem to be looking for.
"It is necessary to have good grades and high SATs for admission, and often a lot of AP courses, and extra curricular activities in abundance -- but in 2014, it is no longer sufficient for these schools. But you might be asking, what else is there that a high school student has to show? How about these? Intellectual curiosity. The ability -- the hunger -- to translate the lessons of one subject to other subjects. A craving for knowledge." READ MORE