COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: BACK TO THE BASICS
In the past couple of newsletters, I’ve written about the ways high school students might be spending their summers. In this week’s issue, I thought I would mention what I’ve been up to lately. In one word: READING. Specifically, I am going back to the basics with some of my favorites:
Who Gets in and Why by Jeff Selingo. Ultimately, the book provides an intimate look at how admissions decisions are being made – especially at highly selective schools. At the end of the day, Selingo echos my own approach: let’s assess your student’s strengths and find schools that will provide the best fit for success.
The Price You Pay for College by Ron Lieber. Lieber’s day job is as a personal finance columnist for The New York Times. With this book, his goal is to provide clarity about financial aid and help you make informed choices. He goes beyond price to write about value. His insights on merit aid are very helpful. And his advice regarding what matters and what doesn’t is refreshing.
Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope. It’s the book that started a movement. Author Loren Pope (and later Hilary Masell Oswald) sought to change the way people thought about colleges by dispelling popularly held myths and challenging the conventional wisdom about college choice. There is now a non-profit organization – Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. – dedicated to helping students find a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni. This book does a superb job of showing how your student’s work in and out of the classroom determines who he/she is – not the college name on the diploma. It provides yet another perspective that the best approach to the college search is to assess your student’s strengths and find schools that will provide the best fit for success.
Every part of the college admissions process requires information. And reading is key to collecting that information. If you’re interested in learning more about how I can use all of these tidbits to help your student find and fund his/her ideal college experience, reach out using any of the buttons below or give me a call at 405-906-7044!
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