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Admissions rates of 6%? Kids applying to 32 colleges? Sixteen-year-olds with more impressive resumes than Fortune 500 CEOs? Has the nation lost its mind?Why yes, it has! The college admissions process now sucks approximately 1250% more time, money and psychic energy than it did when today's parents were going through the same process. Thank God author J.D. Rothman is here to shine a light on the insanity with laugh-out-loud wit and incisive anthropological observations.The Neurotic Parent Reveals It All!* Frightening Statistics, Shocking Pie Charts, Depressing Bar Graphs* Kumon Tips for Preschoolers* College Confidential: The Scariest Place on the Internet* Facebook Facelift* Why Your Teen Needs to Be a Transgendered Albanian from NorthDakota* Most Obnoxious Question Asked by a Parent at anInformation Session* What to Expect When They're Rejecting* Haikus for the Neurotic Parent* Bed Bath & Bye-Bye* How to Cash in That Ivy League Degree for a Sweet Barista JobWoven in between these and many more hilarious bits of advice and cultural insights are the best of the Neurotic Parent's blog posts, which detail the anxiety-ridden quest for college homes for his/her children. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll pack up and move your family to Australia, where getting into college is reputedly just like it was in the United States in 1972.
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