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Introduction. Part I: Putting Yourself on Paper. Chapter 1: Becoming More Than a Statistic: What the Essay Does for You. Chapter 2: Exploring the Subject of the Essay — Yourself. Chapter 3: Writing for the Tired, the Poor (The Admissions Office). Chapter 4: Keeping It Legal. Part II: Getting Your Head Ready for Writing. Chapter 5: Writing as Process, Not Product. Chapter 6: Storming Your Brain: Idea Gathering Techniques. Chapter 7: Building a Structure to Support Your Ideas. Chapter 8: Putting It All In Order: Creating an Outline. Part III: Writing the Rough Draft. Chapter 9: Showing, Not Telling Your Story. Chapter 10: Constructing Good Paragraphs. Chapter 11: Leading with Your Best Shot. Chapter 12: Going Out with a Bang: The Conclusion. Chapter 13: Overcoming Writer’s Block. Part IV: I’d Like to Finish before Retirement Age: The Final Draft. Chapter 14: Making a List and Checking It Twice: Grammar and Spelling. Chapter 15: Smoothing the Rough Edges: Polishing the Essay. Chapter 16: Leaving a Good Impression. Chapter 17: Final Answers: The Last Word on Format. Part V: Analyzing Questions from Real Applications. Chapter 18: Composing Essays Starring You. Chapter 19: Describing Significant Strangers and Friends: Essays About Other People. Chapter 20: Responding to Essay Questions in the Subject Areas. Chapter 21: Getting the Most Out of Short Answers. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten Myths About the College Essay. Chapter 23: Ten Great Essays to Inspire You. Chapter 24: Ten Absolute Musts for College Essays. Appendix: Personal Inventory. Index.