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"When we're reading applications, the essay is usually the piece of the application that we get most excited about."-Jennifer Gandy, Senior Admissions Officer, Harvard UniversityWe hit the road to speak with admissions counselors at colleges and universities around the country, gaining a deeper understanding of the role the admissions essay in undergraduate admissions. David J. Dent, founder of Write for the Future, interviewed Jennifer Gandy, a senior admissions officer at Harvard, for our first Conversations on Admitting column-- the kick off in a series to help de-mystify a process that compels schools to choose between thousands of applicants, who, in the case of Harvard, may have perfect or nearly perfect GPAs and SAT scores. "Yes, while looking at their perfect SAT scores and looking at their straight A records and reading the list of items on their resumes - those can be impressive, " Gandy said. "But the essay is really the one piece, along with what teachers say about a student, that can be the most compelling and most exciting. Those are the things that we usually end up sharing with the admission committee when we're discussing, and making cases to accept applicants. The essay is usually the first thing that goes up on the screen, we say 'Look at this kid, look at this thing he or she wrote.' So I would hope as students are going through this process, the essay would also be what most excites them."

Harvard University Application Essay, Harvard University Admission Essay
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These college essays are from students who got accepted at Harvard University. Use them to get inspiration for your own essays and knock the socks off those admissions officers!


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