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Rhetorical Analysis Of How To Get In By Susan Erdrich

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On December 2, 2016, in the opinion editorial, “How to Get In,” Susan Estrich, best-selling author and liberal columnist for the Creators, argues that hard work, not college acceptances, determine people’s future successes, challenging the notion that people’s opportunities and potentials are defined by the colleges they enter. Refuting the misconception that “getting into the right college is a meal ticket for life,” Estrich argues that GPA’s and LSAT’s may decide the difference between rejection and acceptance, but ultimately, tenacious hard work throughout life counts “for more than anything else,” before concluding that the “secret to a good application” is honesty and that, although she understands admissions can be partisan and erroneous through personal experience, in the end, she “did just fine”- an echoing sentiment to all prospective college applicants. Estrich…show more content…
Through colloquial, blunt, yet sincere language, Estrich establishes a conversational and empathetic tone that resonates with middle-class high school seniors who find themselves entangled in the inherently competitive process for elite colleges. Estrich utilizes succinct, emphatic syntax and series of asyndeton to argue that hard work defines people’s lifelong successes regardless of the colleges they enter, that resolute and steadfast work serves as a greater tool for people than anything else. Estrich incorporates terse, direct clauses to debunk the myth of college being “a meal ticket for life” with a wry “it isn’t.” Estrich’s brisk, seemingly dismissive two-word sentence serves a frank reminder to students that their lives exist outside the stress of college acceptance letters, urging for students to recognize that in hindsight, the prestige of their college does not solely determine whether they “get the interview(s).” Instead, Estrich claims, the “trick for getting in” is simply “work,” a word that shifts between the boundary of
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