From Publishers Weekly
Dunbar offers sage advice on what to do-or, more specifically, what not to do-during the often daunting college admissions process in order to ensure a more successful (or at least less painful) outcome. Dunbar's first tip for getting through the "marathon" of application is simple: "Pace yourself... commit to one work session per weekend." The steps that follow are equally manageable, designed to guide even the least prepared to the halls of higher learning. All the usual ins and outs are explored: essays, extracurriculars, interviewing and getting waitlisted. More specific advice steers applicants away from dangerous essay topics and explicates the value of social sensitivity, while boxed asides ("First Aid," "Steps to Success," "Revising the Rule") provide spot treatment for mid-interview faux pas and winning strategies for asserting independence and positivity. Though he spends perhaps too much time on interviews-a step not every applicant will have to take-his background in prestigious East Coast prep school admissions makes this a top-notch resource for students applying to small private colleges or Ivy League institutions.
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In this refreshing and informative book, Don Dunbar puts a human face on applying to college. From his decades of experience in the field, Dunbar infuses the application process with a spirit of character and integrity. How just it is that the care and caring in these pages will unfailingly help applicants to achieve success. (Richard Lederer, teacher, author, and public radio broadcaster)
This book concentrates on getting into college the honest way. It's no 'quick fix.' It emphasizes maturity and the ability to see yourself as others might see you. Don doesn't tell students to pretend to be someone they are not-- he advises them to try to evolve into someone they'd like to be. (Ted Sizer, former headmaster of Philips Academy, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and Nancy Sizer, teacher at Harvard and public and private schools, including Philips Academy)