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Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond Paperback – September 12, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1581102307 ISBN-10: 1581102305 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Marilee Jones, Former Dean of Admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

I have worked in college admissions for 25 years. I have seen many changes over time, but I have become alarmed at the pressures we adults are collectively placing on young people to make us all happy because I see how this drive to be admitted to college is affecting them so negatively. Wanting to become part of the solution, I have begun to speak out publicly about the effects of this pressure on kids. I am now involved in a growing movement to change the way higher education handles admissions so that students are seen, as I like to describe it, as human "beings" rather than human "doings."


Dr Ken Ginsburg:

I have specialized in adolescent medicine for 19 years at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. My patients range from poor urban to upper-income suburban youth. I am very concerned about how young people's behaviors affect their health. It seems that every year I see more young people who are physically ill, anxious, and depressed-some of whom are turning to dangerous quick fixes, such as drugs and alcohol-as a result of constant pressure to prove they are good enough to get into college. But I've become increasingly convinced that children and teens can overcome a great deal of adversity and deal with significant stress if their resilience is given the opportunity to flourish.



Both of us are critically concerned about what's happening to young people and deeply committed to redirecting them from the dangerous direction in which they're headed. We share a mutual goal: to help parents support their children in becoming successful at school and in life. Truly successful young people know how to face challenges, manage stress, enjoy life, and reach their potential while remaining healthy and well balanced. Success doesn't mean being the best at everything or attending the "best" college. Success isn't determined by a fat acceptance letter from their first-choice college. Success in the college admissions process can be achieved by finding the most appropriate college for each individual student-the best match-and by using this opportunity to develop resilience, integrity, and confidence for a lifetime.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics; 1 edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581102305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581102307
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Flaura Winston on August 19, 2006
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As a pediatrician and the mother of a senior, I see the unhealthy stress that my patients and some classmates of my son go through during high school, particularly during their senior year. This essential book for every high school parent will give them new models for guiding their child to healthy success. Rather than defining success for your high school student as getting into a college ranked high by a magazine, parents will learn how to help their child define and reach their own goals. For those who choose college, they need a parent's help to find the right match --- a school that allows them to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. For an interview with Dr. Ginsburg,

ENJOY THE BOOK. I did!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Change Agent Des on May 4, 2007
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Ms. Jones's advice on how the parents of high school juniors and seniors can reduce stress in the college admissions process is spot on.

I was lucky enough to receive Ms. Jones's advice when she spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at our Boston area high school. For those not so lucky, you can obtain the advice in her book, coauthored with pediatrician Kenneth R. Ginsburg.

Parents - and their children - will benefit from Jones's advice for two reasons: 1. Jones explains WHY current parents are so hyper about the admissions process (partly due to the fact that we parents are from the generation which mistakenly believes we can accomplish anything!) 2. And Jones gives practical advice on HOW each parent can reduce their child's stress in the admission process, including actions that can be easily implement right away.

Every parent of a high school junior or senior should buy her book today.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Garden State of Mind on August 24, 2006
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As parents who have seen many of our friends completely lose perspective as their kids apply to college, my wife and decided that we would not go down that road when our time came. Forget all the books that imply they will get your child into a "brand name" school. It's about discovering together a place where they can grow, and strenghtening your relationship as you launch them toward their future. In the name of sanity, I recommend this book (and also a great one our own pediatrician recommended, "Getting In Without Freaking Out.") Stop hovering -- start helping your kids by not imposing your agenda.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By waygallo on May 7, 2007
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I found this book to be useful. The author had several suggestions that we had not thought of and facts we were not aware of. The whole college admissions process is way harder than when I went through it, and I would say, there is a lot of negative as far as I can see. Her book is encouraging that the process can be a positive one, if you can step out of the frenzy that most other kids and parents seem to be embroiled in. The only reason I gave it 4/5 stars instead of 5 is because I felt there was some conflicting information between our school's college counselors and her and that's confusing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Guy on August 23, 2007
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Finally, a well thought out book for parents thinking about the college process! My favorite story is early in the book setting the tone for a great and helpful read. Early on, the author is clear that the process is out of control for many parents. As the Admissions Director for MIT, she makes it clear not to worry about college until it is time, rather than picking your preschool with intent to head to the IVYies....This book really tells us there is much more to learn on this road and truly this book is all about that journey in a healthier way!
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By ws on March 8, 2015
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More power to her. Obviously she did the job well for years. There are plenty of people who are huge successes without a wonderful university degree. These degrees are just gate keepers for throwing out resumes and narrowing the number of interviews.

Many successful entrepreneurs have never finished college or even attended. A degree has its place but it is NOT all important. The people that think that the degree is all important are the ones that have degrees and push degrees as the only way to be successful. SAT scores GRE scores etc. are ALL just gate keepers for universities and money makers for that particular business. It is NOT necessary to got to a college or university to learn as the information is available everywhere now. A degree may be a requirement for getting in the interview process BUT experience and the ability to think outside the box is a much better indication of job performance.
Have not read her book but will order and read interview on NPR alerted me to the book.
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