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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick O'Brien Enterprises; 2 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061539440X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615394404
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Making College Count was written by Patrick O'Brien. O'Brien graduated from Miami University with a double major in finance and accounting. While at Miami, he served as president and social chairman of the Miami chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, was an active member of Pi Sigma Epsilon and Beta Alpha Psi, tutored economics, and interned at Provident Bank (now PNC bank).

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
- Author, Start Now. Succeeed Later.
- Author, Knowing Where You're Going
- 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.

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A very realistic approach for students to have both a successful and fun college experience.
Mackenzie
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is preparing for college and college students themselves.
K.O'Donnell
I will share Pat's book with anyone I know that is going to college for the first time from now on!!!!
Paula S

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly B on January 12, 2011
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I recently purchased Pat's book for my college freshman son. I was planning on sticking it in his stocking for Christmas, but gave it to him early after we got in a long conversation about his future. He told me he didn't want to read it right away (he needed a break from "work" after finals), but I brought it along to an appointment we were waiting for and asked him to at least read the "So Who is This Guy?" section. Once he read about Pat, realized it was an easy and entertaining read, he was hooked! He stayed up and finished the book that night. It immediately made a difference in the way he is thinking about his college experience and his future. Even though he's a very good student, he knows now that a job isn't going to magically fall into his lap after college unless he takes some steps to make himself more marketable. He told me the book was filled with a lot of common sense things he already knew, but Pat put them all together in a way that made so much sense and caused him to want to take action. I'm relieved because I no longer feel the need to "nag" him about doing well and getting into activities and holding leadership positions. He's taking the lead because he took Pat's advice to heart. I'm telling all my friends about this book and it's going to be my "Go To" high school graduation gift from here on out! EVERY graduate will benefit from it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.O'Donnell on February 21, 2011
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I started reading this book my second semester of my freshman year in college. I had gotten a good start into college, but hadn't thought much about my future or what my goals were. This book really hit me hard when I started reading it. I didn't fully understand how important even your freshman year in college was. Now that I have read the book, I have started setting goals for myself and I will strive to be the best student that I can be throughout the remainder of my college career. Pat gives great advice on how to find a college, how to get started, what you should do in college to get to the top, and how to set yourself up for success in your future career. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is preparing for college and college students themselves. It is very helpful, easy to read, and gets right to the point. It helps having someone to tell you what to expect, especially when it comes to college which is arguably one of the most critical times in your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paula S on December 1, 2010
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I recently read Pat's book and I am so impressed with all of his "down to earth" advice for any person entering college. He gives college kids realistic things they can do to be successful in college and in life. I am a teacher and think that any child graduating from HS should read this book. I recently purchased it for my son who is a freshmen in college right now and hope that it will help him manage his time better. Maybe if I would have bought it before he actually went to college, he would be doing better right now. I will share Pat's book with anyone I know that is going to college for the first time from now on!!!! Much better gift than money that will just be wasted on college expenses if they don't know what to do when they get there!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2010
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For less than the cost of a book backpack, this book contains the information that will change your collage student's life. I gave the first edition of this book to my two older kids and just gave the 2nd edition to my freshman in High School. My Son, a Graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan, told me this book was vital to his success in college. The second edition is even better than the first, which in itself is surprising, as I thought the first book was incredible. If you have a child who is in high school, or is already in collage, buy them this book. Today's tough job placement environment rewards those with a successful college experience and leaves the low performance graduates with a much harder road to success. In practical and easy to understand language, Patrick O'Brien lays out the path to not only succeed in collage, but to get the most out of the experience as well. This book rivals the famed "7 Habits of Highly Successful People" and will no doubt be a classic. I am sending the copy I bought today to our High School principle, as this book should be required reading for all collage bound seniors. By the way, I gave my older two their copies when they were seniors in high school. My son suggested giving to his younger sisters their freshman year of high school, as many of the principles of the book can easily be applied to grades 9-12. He felt it would have made a difference to his high school GPA. Frankly, I would have given much better advice as a parent if I had the book before my son went to collage. Any parent will benefit from reading "Making College Count -2nd ed", whether you went to collage or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rcoy on September 2, 2010
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Every year at freshman orientation, all of our incoming student-athletes hear me quote from this book. And every year at graduation, I see many student-athletes that listened.

Ric Coy
Asst Director Student Services, UCLA Athletics
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on May 20, 2013
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Making College Count is one of the better books I've read; O'Brien cuts out the fat and gets straight to making meaningful points. He simplifies the ideal college student and shows how anyone can become a coveted graduate. You'll fly through this read and it will leave a lasting impact. I absolutely recommend Making College Count to anyone trying to better market themselves or to students in, or approaching, college.
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