Acceptance : A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges--And Find Themselves

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/29/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist spends a year with a legendary high-school guidance counselor, who gets kids into the right colleges by focusing on self-discovery rather than test scores, grades, and the other traditional tools of the trade.

Author Biography

David L. Marcus is the author of What It Takes to Pull Me Through, a look at the secret lives of teenagers. He has been an education writer and foreign correspondent at U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, and Dallas Morning News. He lives in Northport, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface: One More Yearp. vii
Author's Note: Yale Loves Me; Yale Loves Me Notp. xiv
Cast of Charactersp. xix
The First Day of the Rest of Your Lifep. 1
Who Am I?p. 9
BWRKp. 17
"When Everybody Is Special, Nobody is Special"p. 25
"You're Lost Before You've Started"p. 35
Playing Schoolp. 41
The Admissions Industrial Complexp. 49
"Is Donating Blood an Extracurricular?"p. 57
Regular Kids from the Suburbsp. 67
Parenting the Parentsp. 79
Strategizingp. 89
The GPA Gamep. 99
"We're Looking for the X Factor"p. 109
Essay Therapyp. 115
"My Whole Life Is in That Folder"p. 127
Acceptedp. 135
Shopping for Rianap. 143
"I'm Kicking it Up"p. 149
"Columbia Didn't Reject Me, I Rejected Columbia"p. 155
Kerplunkingp. 161
"She Would've Been a Slam Dunk"p. 167
Apped-Outp. 175
It Takes a Village to Write an Essayp. 187
The $250,000 Questionp. 195
"It's About Growing Up"p. 203
The Month of Indecisionp. 211
"It's About the Kids"p. 223
College Studentp. 227
Epiloguep. 229
About the Bookp. 235
Overlooked Gemsp. 238
Tip Sheetp. 240
Finding the Right Fitp. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 249
Sourcesp. 252
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