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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 guide that helps college-bound students and their parents navigate the college application process while maintaining their sanity and sense of humor. Includes advice about choosing a school, writing a strong essay, dealing with overly involved parents, preparing for standardized tests, and more"--Provided by publisher.

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:
9781580083829
Subtitle:
How to Survive the College Admissions Process without Losing Your Mind
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Lewak, Risa
Author:
Risa Lewak
Subject:
Education : Secondary
Subject:
Universities and colleges - United States -
Subject:
Study Aids : College Entrance
Subject:
Study Aids : College Guides
Subject:
College Entrance
Subject:
Secondary
Subject:
College Guides
Subject:
Universities and colleges -- United States.
Subject:
College applications -- United States.
Subject:
Reference-College Guides
Subject:
Careers-College Application and Essay Guides
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
The college admissions process is:
Publication Date:
20100713
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
208

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