Is College Planning Driving You Crazy?
Somehow, watching as your children decide which schools to apply to is as stressful for you as it is for them. If you’ve found yourself contemplating essay forgery, scheduling five college tours for a single holiday weekend, and obsessively checking the U.S. News and World Report rankings, you may be on the verge of freaking out. But as a parent, it’s important to (try to) remain calm and help keep everything in perspective.
Written specifically for parents and their college-bound teens, Getting In Without Freaking Out is an insider’s guide to the application process by professional college coach Arlene Matthews. Years of experience have taught her the secrets of playing the admissions game without all the anxiety. Now, Arlene shares what admissions officers won’t tell you—that getting into a great college isn’t as hard as it seems! You’ll learn . . .
• How to get into a top college without ever taking the SATs
• Why a little procrastination never hurt anyone
• Why applying to fewer schools increases the chances of acceptance
• What really matters when your child goes off to college—and beyond
As entertaining as it is practical and realistic, Getting In Without Freaking Out is the only guide of its kind—one that helps you get through the getting-in process with grace, good humor, and knowledge that will enhance your student’s chance of success.
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|Title of Religion eBook: Getting in Without Freaking Out|
|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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|Publisher: Crown Publishing Group|
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Getting in Without Freaking Out
Chapter 1: Take a Deep Breath:The Ground Rules for Parents
Relax: It's Only College
Ever since your child's prekindergarten teacher praised their newfound ability to hold on to a crayon without stuffing it up a nostril, the march toward college seemed an inevitable progression. As high school approached, this progression probably became a preoccupation. You and your offspring have both dreaded and dreamed of this monumental episode. It seems as if everything hinges on what college they'll attend, doesn't it? But calm down: It's only college.
That's right. Only.
Come on, parents, you know the truth, though you've not yet shared it with your sons and daughters. College is the cheese-and-cracker plate of life-a fine, satisfying appetizer, but hardly the most savory or memorable part of the banquet that lies ahead. In terms of sheer proportion, the time one spends at college will comprise four years out of, say, eighty-roughly 5 percent of one's earthly existence (and that's not counting spring breaks, winter breaks, and summers off). This pales beside the amount of time each of your kids will spend pursuing a career or living with their spouse, let alone the time spent sitting in traffic, counting carbohydrates, and watching Friends in syndication.
I know what you're thinking: No one succeeds without college-and by this you mean financial success. I can't blame you for your pecuniary concerns. College is an expensive investment. It had better pay off. No one wants to spend their golden years doling out a weekly allowance to un- or underemployed offspring. But consider the facts: Although college graduates do earn more, studies show t