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Harvard Schmarvard: Getting beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for Youby Jay Mathews
Synopses & Reviews
Smarten Up—It's Time to Choose the Right College
Think that your life's growth, success, and happiness depend on which college you attend? The higher-profile school, the better, right? Wrong! Neither is true.
Written by, yes, a Harvard grad, Harvard Schmarvard rebuts the perception that image is everything when it comes to college and emphasizes this simple fact: What you will be measured by in life is your talent and energy, not your college's name. Packed with practical information and insider tips, this must-have guide will help you determine which school fits you. Inside, you'll find:
How to survive the application process without losing your sanity or sense of humor
Tips on writing essays, visiting campuses, and keeping cool during your college interviews
The truth about search letter scams and the early admissions game
Plus loads of other invaluable insight!
So take a deep breath and exhale your worries and fears. Let Harvard Schmarvard debunk the myths, expose you to the truth, and clear your mind so you can weigh what's really important.
Providing alternatives to America's "elite" schools, this practical guide to higher education describes one hundred underappreciated colleges and universities that offer outstanding programs, unique qualities, and countless opportunities for students, accompanied by application tips, interviews, writing essays, and advice on campus visits. Original. 15,000 first printing.
About the Author
Jay Mathews is an education reporter and columnist for the Washington Post. He has been an alumnus recruiter for Harvard for 20 years and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Table of Contents
Surviving as a family — Did you pick the wrong high school? — Are you too dumb for that college? — The search letter scam — The SAT as a necessary evil — Is your high school's counselor enough? — How to smile at student stress — Parents meet, are we having fun yet? — The war against "America's Best Colleges" — Looking for shorter lines — Measuring a kiss — A life discovered on a campus' edge — Forced marches through the quad — Paying for it — Applying too soon? — Better than the interviewer — Rejecting Caltech — Application mishaps — Keep your hands off my essay — Mania for yield — Who's on top? Who cares? — Better than famous — Schools that were better than famous — Where do heroes go to college? — Wait list monsters — April follies — Annals of April — A pushy alumnus jerk? — Slipping in at the last moment — Jake takes a year off — Returning that college to the store — Tales of transfers — The Spielberg effect — Make your own Harvard.
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