A 192-page book, Real Essays for College & Grad School shows essays, personal statements, resumes, and letters that are part of the application process for admission and scholarship consideration at colleges and universities. Both the recent high school graduate and the individual applying to professional schools including law, medical, dental, or MBA school will find essays pertinent to their needs. This brilliant and insightful book shows proven techniques that open the door to higher educational opportunities and scholarships. This unique how-to book does not simply tell how to write an effective essays and letters; it shows how in page after page of meaty examples. The extensive Table of Contents is a road map to specific essays broken down by type of degree pursued, specific essay questions, and personal goals. The editor maintains a constant dialogue with the reader in tips and background remarks on each page. As one admissions director says, the essays can count up to 60% in the admissions process. This book shows how to make those essays and personal statements insightful, revealing, and persuasive. The philosophy behind Real Essays for College & Grad School is that both the traditional and non-traditional student applying to any organization of higher education will be judged in part on essays and letters submitted to a selection committee. It is essential that applicants aggressively market their abilities and make the best use of their opportunities to explain their shortcomings, such as a poor high school or undergraduate grade point average, in the most effective manner.