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Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges--and Find Themselves Paperback – June 29, 2010
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Apart from a wonderful, realistic story, the book really gets it right when it focuses on what should be the message of parents and counselors everywhere. The real accomplishment in getting into college comes from finding the right fit for the student. It's not just about prestige or academic reputation or exclusivity. It takes someone who cares, someone who takes time to know the students in ways that test scores and class rank cannot. Where will they thrive as young adults beginning their journey?
Parents, read this book! If you aren't getting this kind of approach from your counselor, speak up. Students, read this book! It's not about the "best" school you can get into or where your friends are going, it's about learning what matters to you. May you find a counselor as interested in your life as Mr. Smith is with his students. It matters, but what matters most is what you put into this stage of your life.
Strengths: The author embedded himself in the school. The author's focus goes beyond the very top students and includes above-average to average students (compare: Fat Envelope frenzy). The guidance counselor is indeed quite special, and is that rare public school counselor who knows what he is doing. (Compare him with the long-time counselor at the Collegiate School profiled in the NYT). The author acknowledges Jacques Steinberg's book Gatekeepers, and check out the blue cover. Writing is smooth. Well worth $17.
Weakness: Did not care for the limp font. What was Penguin production dept thinking?
This book was very quick reading because, to me, this is a fascinating subject. The main character in this book, Smitty, had had a long career in the business of getting kids into colleges, but he did even more....he tried to get them to find themselves and find the right college for them. He conducted a full semester essay-writing class where the students polished and re-wrote their essays. Very interesting.
After the applications were all done in January, he brought in a banker to explain credit cards and checking accounts to them, taught them basics of cooking, and also about laundry. He had heard too many stories over the years (from grads) to assume that the kids knew these skills.
This was in a public school in Oyster Bay, NY. My experience with public-school HS guidance counselors is that most of their time and effort goes into the kids with problems (or troublemakers), with little time left over for actual "guidance" ---let alone doing what this guy did.
If you have any interest in this topic, or a child getting ready for the college application process, I would highly recommend this book.
Paying for college... that's something else to worry about, but getting your kid into the right situation(s) is first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It helped me ease the anxiety, previous to the selection of college for my son. I'll never forget this thought, it's not the renowned college a student should aim to be accepted... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book with valuable insight into the college selection process! I wish my child had a counselor that cared as much as Smitty!Published 10 months ago by Susan P. Agonis
Good for parents and students who wonder abt college admittance. Very well written and edited. I hope my kids get a hard working thoughtful counselor like Smitty.Published 15 months ago by tish
Great for new counselors who are starting to advise students in college planning. It is a quick read and is informative.Published on July 8, 2014 by Toni M. Weaver
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This is a wonderful book about the agony of applying to college. It is a wonderful resource for those confused about what is important to consider when looking for your... Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by KCofNJ
This has helped steer me and my children in a positive direction with the college admission process. David Marcus is a remarkably solid reporter. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Henry Kimmel
I had to read five books for candidacy in my Master's level Counselor Education program, and this was one that I chose. A very fun read!Published on June 9, 2013 by Bill
Well-written advice for graduating high school seniors and their parents...and for anyone helping a student pick the best college. One size does not fit all... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by maria j gross