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Don't Stalk the Admissions Officer: How to SURVIVE the College Admissions Process Without LOSING YOUR MIND

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Publisher Comments:

The college admissions process is:

   A) Similar to gallbladder surgery without anesthesia

   B) Worse than watching American Idol auditions without earplugs

   C) Soul-destroying, ego-crushing, and life-sucking

   D) Actually kind of funny when you think about it

   E) All of the above

 

There’s no denying it: Applying to college is a grueling journey just shy of cruel and unusual punishment. But that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh along the way. If college is on your horizon, Don’t Stalk the Admissions Officer shows you how to ace the tricky application process—while maintaining your sense of humor and sanity. Former pre-admissions counselor Risa Lewak empowers you to craft a killer essay, choose between the SAT and ACT, score stellar recommendations, nail the interview, handle overly involved parents, and more. You’ll also learn how to navigate crucial post-application issues, like financial aid, rejection, and deciding whether to take a year off. Packed with insider tips, helpful suggestions, and laugh-out-loud anecdotes, this savvy handbook gives you the know-how and confidence to conquer this stressful rite of passage . . . and minimize nervous breakdowns.

Synopsis:

A funny yet insightful guide that helps students and their parents navigate the college application process while maintaining their sanity and sense of humor.

This indispensable handbook has fresh, practical advice for college applicants, covering all of the key steps of admission: choosing between the SAT and ACT, scoring stellar teacher recommendations, acing the interview, and crafting a standout essay. College-bound students also learn how to determine whether a school is compatible with their personality, handle overly invasive “helicopter” parents, and get the most out of their high school career. Don’t Stalk the Admissions Officer is packed with insider tips, helpful suggestions, and laugh-out-loud anecdotes from admissions officers, guidance counselors, students, parents, and teachers. Blending insight, humor, and warmth, this book is more than just a go-to guide—it also serves as a refuge and friend to students embarking on this arduous rite of passage.

About the Author

A former pre-admissions counselor and recruiter at Hunter College, RISA LEWAK, MSEd, leads workshops to help prospective college students and their parents minimize the stress of the application process. She is an alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania, a frequent speaker at high schools and college fairs, and a regular contributor to popular college prep websites, including collegebound.net and collegetoolkit.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   vii

Introduction    viii

Part one

Enjoy High School Now, Avoid Therapy Later   1

 

Chapter 1

Overachiever and Loser Have the Same Latin Root   2

 

Chapter 2   

Why Spend the Summer Meditating with Monks When You Could Be Working on Your Tan?   17

 

Part two

Hot Sweats, Cold Sweats, and Difficulty Breathing—Either You’re Applying to College or You Have Malaria   21

 

Chapter 3   

Finding the Right Fit: Why College Isn’t a Pair of Levis   22

 

Chapter 4   

Guidance Counselors Must Have Done Something Very Bad in a Former Life   39

 

Chapter 5   

The SAT Versus the ACT: Which Is More Evil?   54

 

Chapter 6   

Surviving the College Tour: Please God, Not Another Library   73

 

Chapter 7   

When to Tell Your Parents It’s Time to Start Seeing Other Children   82

 

Chapter 8   

The Art of Asking and/or Threatening Teachers for a Good Recommendation   96

 

Chapter 9   

Writing the Essay: The Line Between Good and Bad Is Thinner Than You Think   106

 

Chapter 10 

The College Interview: Fourteen Ways Not to Screw It Up   126

 

Chapter 11 

Things That Annoy Admissions Officers   136

 

Chapter 12 

How to Pass the Time While You’re Waiting to Hear   144

 

Part three

The Envelope Arrives: Whatever Happens, Don’t Take It Out on the Mailman   151

 

Chapter 13 

Without Rejection, There’d Be No Ben & Jerry’s   152

 

Chapter 14 

How to Choose the Right School (They All Look Good in Brochures)   161

 

Chapter 15 

Paying for College Without Getting Arrested  170

 

Chapter 16 

Taking a Gap Year: Should You Put Off Renaissance Poetry to Explore Italy on a Vespa?   184

 

Epilogue     

Whether It’s Fat or Thin, an Envelope Will Not Change Your Life   191

 

Index   194

 

About the Author   198

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580080606
Author:
Lewak, Risa
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Subject:
College Entrance
Subject:
Secondary
Subject:
College Guides
Subject:
Universities and colleges -- United States.
Subject:
College applications -- United States.
Subject:
Reference-College Guides
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ONE COLOR
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.08x5.24x.40 in. .49 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A funny yet insightful guide that helps students and their parents navigate the college application process while maintaining their sanity and sense of humor.

This indispensable handbook has fresh, practical advice for college applicants, covering all of the key steps of admission: choosing between the SAT and ACT, scoring stellar teacher recommendations, acing the interview, and crafting a standout essay. College-bound students also learn how to determine whether a school is compatible with their personality, handle overly invasive “helicopter” parents, and get the most out of their high school career. Don’t Stalk the Admissions Officer is packed with insider tips, helpful suggestions, and laugh-out-loud anecdotes from admissions officers, guidance counselors, students, parents, and teachers. Blending insight, humor, and warmth, this book is more than just a go-to guide—it also serves as a refuge and friend to students embarking on this arduous rite of passage.

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