A Closer Look at a Winning Application

“I love essays that demonstrate all of the elements of good writing—clarity, organization, correct spelling and punctuation, and engaging prose—not to mention the flare of vivid descriptors, unexpected verbs and inspired narrative flow. When I encounter an essay that is clearly the product of someone who cares about their writing, it is a treat.”

– Greg Orwig, Vice President of Admissions and Financial
Aid, Whitworth University

In the last chapter, we looked at what the college essay is all about (and not about). Now, we’re going to take a look at how a young man we’ll call Ben—who has since graduated from his dream college and is starting his career—made the most of the College Essay Yes-Yes’s in his own winning application.