50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays - Tanabe Gen, Tanabe Kelly 2009

50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays - Tanabe Gen, Tanabe Kelly 2009


25 essay mistakes that guarantee failure

Ivy League Admissions Officer Q&a

Academic Passion

“Bacon” by Mariam Nassiri

“Beyond Plug-and-Chug Math” by Anonymous

“A Different Kind of love” by Oana Emilia Butnareanu

“From Flaubert to Frisbee” by Aditya Kumar

“Raising the Bar” by Anonymous


“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern” by Fareez Giga


“Puzzles” by Anonymous

“Addressing injustices” by Mathew Griffin

“My Unpopular Decision” by Shiv M. Gaglani

“Healing Beyond Borders” by Mathew Griffin

“Scientific Sparks” by Ariela Koehler

“Researching Cancer” by Anonymous


“The Computer Doctor” by Mathew Griffin


“Unshakable Worth” by Sarah Langberg

“No Longer Invisible” by Angelica

“Power of People” by Suzanne Arrington

“Self Mind” by Timothy Nguyen Le

“A summer of Stem Cells” by Ariela Koehler

“All Worth it” by Anonymous

Community Service

“Music from the Heart” by Anonymous

“Precious Planet” by Pen-Yuan Hsing

“Cuddle Buddies” by Anastasia Fullerton

“Best reader” by Manika


“Box of Chocolates” by Alex Volodarsky

“Dear Santa” by Anonymous

“Lessons from the Immigration Spectrum” by Anonymous

Heritage and Identity

“Heritage” by Anonymous

“Abuelo” by Angelica

“Anything Goes” by Jean Gan

“Strength from Family Struggles” by Anonymous


“Exit Door” by Fareez Giga

“Crime Scene report” by Lauren Sanders

“John nash” by Jonathan Cross

“Then and now: How the Perseverance of a Working, single Mother Molded the Persona of her Chinese-American Daughter” by Lisa Kapp


“Sustainable Development in South Africa” by Steve Schwartz

“A Young voice for Seniors” by Ariela Koehler


“Birthing a Business” by Jason Y. S hah

“Beyond Dictionary Definitions of Leadership” by Victoria Tomaka

Personal Growth

“Beauty” by Anonymous

“Keeping up with the Beat of the Drum” by Shreyans C. Parekh

“Hurricane Transformations” by Jason Y. Shah

“The House on Wellington Avenue” by Jackie Liao


“A Dramatic Coup” by Fareez Giga

“Music as My second language” by Jean Gan

“My Bedroom” by Fareez Giga

“A Special Performance” by Anonymous


“Extra Page” by Lauren Horton

“Looking Beyond the Castle” by Brian Aguado


“Polar Bears” by Lauren Horton

“Moving” by Laura V. Mesa

Why Our College

“Exploring life’s Intricacies” by Mathew Griffin

“Leveraging Potential” by Cameron McConkey

“Inspiration from an Energy Conversion Machine” by Anonymous

Wait List Letter

“Wait List Supplement” by Pen-Yuan Hsing

Advice on Topics from Ivy League Students

Advice on Writing from Ivy League Students

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