College-bound students will find everything they need to prepare successful admission essays in this book. Containing 50 real essays students have written to gain admission to top colleges, this guide details the strengths of each essay, the inspiration of the student who wrote it, and what makes it a winner. These examples cover topics including leadership, overcoming difficulties, athletics, public service, special talents, and academic and career goals. A comprehensive writing workshop guides students through selecting topics, developing their stories, editing, and applying finishing touches. To help students avoid costly blunders, 12 unsuccessful essays, 25 essay mistakes to avoid, and tips from admission officers are included.