Updated with new essays and interviews, this well-regarded resource provides college-bound students with the tools they need to prepare powerful and successful admission essays. Fifty real essays students have written to gain admission to top colleges cover such diverse topics as leadership, overcoming difficulties, athletics, public service, special talents, and academic and career goals. Also featured is an analysis of the strengths of each essay, the inspiration of the student who wrote it, and what made it a winner. A comprehensive writing workshop guides students through selecting a topic, developing a story, editing, and applying finishing touches. To help students avoid costly blunders, 12 unsuccessful essays, 25 easy mistakes to avoid and tips from admission officers are included.