Miami's Farmer School of Business has been the very fortunate beneficiary of Patrick OBriens enthusiasm and expertise. For the past few years he has served as an adjunct professor teaching a special senior honors class here, and I ve observed the unbelievable way that he connects with students in the classroom, and beyond. His insights into college students, as well as his ability to relate to them, are magical and inspiring. This book captures the best of Pat s motivational message, and it s a must-read for young people, as well as for anyone who works with or lives with them. --Roger L. Jenkins, Ph. D., Dean and Professor of Marketing, Farmer School of Business, Miami University
As a former student of Professor O'Brien and current protege, I can vouch for the fact that the advice he presents in his book has helped me tremendously through my progression from undergraduate to management consultant and now business school student with a future that is seemingly boundless. --Justine Lelchuk, Co-President, Harvard Business School Student Association, 2011 MBA Candidate
Making College Count provided me with an actionable game plan that worked. I followed the advice throughout college, landed a position at a Fortune 100 company, and received four promotions in less than four years out of college. --Maria Rivlin, Product Director, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc, a Johnson & Johnson Company
About the Author
Making College Count was written by Patrick OBrien. OBrien graduated from Miami University with a double major in finance and accounting. Prior to writing this college success book, he had a broad range of roles in corporate America at Procter & Gamble, Union Camp, and Monster.com. He has experience in small business as an entrepreneur, in non-profit endeavors, and in education. He was the co-founder of Making It Count, an education company that has delivered free success presentations to more than 23,000,000 students over the past 15 years. The concept of empowering students to achieve their dreams has been a central theme of his life for 20+ years. Helping students achieve college and career success is a passion for O Brien. Writing the 2nd edition of Making College Count is the culmination of his college success efforts. His career has included the following: - Co-Founder Making It Count Education Programs - Author, Making College Count - CEO CollegeLink.com - Author, Start Now. Succeed Later. (South-Western College Publishing) - Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Tribune Media Services (College Division) - Author, Knowing Where You re Going - President, Monster Skilled and Hourly (part of Monster.com) - Procter & Gamble Brand Manager - Adjunct Professor, Miami University - Co-Founder and Faculty Advisor, Miami Farmer School Charity Golf Classic - Director of Marketing and Information Technology (the Branigar Organization/International Paper) - Vice President/Project Director (The Branigar Organization/International Paper) - Board President and Property Owners Association President, Champion Hills Community/Club - United Way Board Member (local chapter) - Chamber of Commerce Board Member (local chapter) - YMCA Capital Campaign Co-Chairman (local chapter) - Big Brother, Catholic Big Brothers and Sisters - Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball Coach - Liberty Mutual Responsible Coaching Award Based on these combined experiences, he is the ideal author of a college success book. His experience and expertise have allowed him to create an actionable college success guide that will provide great value to all students and parents who read it.