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As a parent and dean of admissions at Kenyon College, Delahunty has witnessed the stress of the college search and admissions process from the inside and the outside. She offers a collection of essays from both perspectives. Parents recall the process as the “last dance of parenting” because of the implication that where a child goes to college is somehow a reflection on the parent. Essays range from hilarious to painful as parents confess to being whipsawed by emotions, sometimes making the process more about themselves than their children, and mixing in memories of their own benighted college selection process. Admissions professionals, with a far broader perspective, offer calm and solid advice on how to help without taking over the process and how to find the best fit for the student. Among the contributors, reflecting on everything from the beginning application process through move-in day, are Anna Quindlen, Jane Hamilton, and the Neurotic Parent blogger as well as admissions directors of Smith and Colby colleges. Parents will enjoy the humor, drama, and poignancy of this collection. --Vanessa Bush

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"A great guide and must-read for any prospective parent through the power and powerlessness of their child's college search. Mine included my selfish queries into the various schools school colors ... I then encouraged my daughter to choose the school whose colors I looked good in. I am only kidding a little. (Deep purple and black did look great on me.)  I wish I had had this book then... "--Jamie Lee Curtis, actress, children's book author, mother of a recent college graduate
 
"As a parent and dean of admissions at Kenyon College, Delahunty has witnessed the stress of the college search and admissions process from the inside and the outside. She offers a collection of essays from both perspectives. Parents recall the process as the “last dance of parenting” because of the implication that where a child goes to college is somehow a reflection on the parent. Essays range from hilarious to painful as parents confess to being whipsawed by emotions, sometimes making the process more about themselves than their children, and mixing in memories of their own benighted college selection process. Admissions professionals, with a far broader perspective, offer calm and solid advice on how to help without taking over the process and how to find the best fit for the student. Among the contributors, reflecting on everything from the beginning application process through move-in day, are Anna Quindlen, Jane Hamilton, and theNeurotic Parent blogger as well as admissions directors of Smith and Colby colleges. Parents will enjoy the humor, drama, and poignancy of this collection."--Booklist

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312607296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312607296
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mikie on September 23, 2010
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Dean Delahunty speaks the truth. Maybe it resonates more because I have two daughters. More importantly, I, too, am in the admission field and have met all of the persona portrayed in these well-written vignettes. Parents need to be confident that their first 17 years of raising their children should be a sufficient platform from which their progeny can take flight. For those moms and dads who have not yet let junior leave the nest even briefly, the college search process becomes more about them than the child, and this sad to watch.

Thank you to the writiers and for Ms Delahunty for cajoling them into sharing their stories. School counselors should keep this book in plain view in their offices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JK-NJ on June 24, 2011
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I gradually became a stressed out and nervous parent from this crazy college admissions process and needed some relief. This book was the perfect medicine - it really calmed me down and made me laugh out loud! Told from many points of view, these stories are just so right-on - you can really relate and get some insight from other perspectives. Makes you realize you are not alone and how silly and unproductive some of your concerns really are.
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Easy to read short essays. Not as good as I wanted it to be, but a nice change from reading how to get into college books. If you are in the middle of college applications and all the stress that goes along with it, it can be a nice diversion.
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By Milton S. Twain on May 7, 2012
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This book is exactly what I needed as the parent of a departing 18-year old going through the end-of-High School agonies.
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