May Recommendations: 4 Autobiography You Should Read

One of the most important factors in the college application process is the Personal Statement, a 650-word essay about a personal story. Reading autobiography could be a great introduction and examples of how a person tells his/her experience. These are our counselor’s top four recommendations!

1. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Alex Haley

A powerful story of self-discovery through self-reliance. Malcolm X is a man who in many ways jolts our senses, and electrifies our thinking. Read this memoir for inspiration and creativity, as well as a lesson in why we should write the way we speak.2. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

A journey almost as grand as its title; this graphic memoir stretches from Iran to Austria, and from paperback pages to blockbuster screens. A story sure to provide you with ample opportunity for reflection and introspection, particularly in the words and ways we can share our stories.3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou 

This heart-wrenching coming-of-age memoir does not shy away from exploring complex subjects ranging from rape to racism. What the audience receives, in turn, is a powerful recipe for achieving dignity and self-possession in environments of hatred and suppression. An immense work, one sure to light the thoughts, values, and ambitions of the young reader.4. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Benjamin Franklin A timeless window into one of America’s Founding Fathers, and by extension into America’s can-do cultural fabric. Franklin documents his challenges, successes, and experiences, and shows us all how to embrace and practice a life of learning. If you want to know what colleges mean by their oft-repeated “intellectual engagement”, then this is the book for you. Ryan Roels is a senior counselor and a lead Reading and Writing coach at EduSmith. He graduated from Williams College, a top-ranked liberal arts college, with highest honours in Political Science. 



August Recommendations: Southeast Asian Fiction

This month our senior counselor, Ryan Roels, shares with us fictions written by Southeast Asian writers. Some are them are translated, and some are written originally in English. Check out this list to find out more about what our regional writers see and imagine through stories. 1) Four Reigns – Kukrit Pramoj Through one woman’s life and four different monarchs, this sweeping epic of Th

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June Recommendations: All about Sci-fi

Science Fiction is another genre that captivates many as one could imagine and create a whole new world and social order. As a sci-fi fan himself, our senior counselor Ryan Roels share with us his favorites. 1) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams A man journeys through space after seeing his house and planet destroyed.A captivating story about pursuing t

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