8 First Choices: An Expert's Strategies for Getting into College [NOOK Book]

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Written within an educational framework, this handbook offers general guidance to help students do a self-assessment and select the top eight colleges that are the strongest fit for them. Establishing readers as anthropologists, students will learn to observe 20 campus cultures, assess each one, and research their options in American higher education. Additionally, it offers several basic assumptions that are contrary to common knowledge about getting into college. Written by a college counselor with ...

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8 First Choices: An Expert's Strategies for Getting into College

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Overview

Written within an educational framework, this handbook offers general guidance to help students do a self-assessment and select the top eight colleges that are the strongest fit for them. Establishing readers as anthropologists, students will learn to observe 20 campus cultures, assess each one, and research their options in American higher education. Additionally, it offers several basic assumptions that are contrary to common knowledge about getting into college. Written by a college counselor with decades of experience, this guide offers insight into the college admissions process and allows students to hone in on the schools that are right for them.

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What People Are Saying

William R. Fitzsimmons
Mitchell's wisdom makes her a legend in college admissions, particularly because she cares so deeply about the right 'match' for every student. Mitchell offers many great insights into the complexity of the college admissions process and what should be the overriding concerns of the vital issue of the match between the student and the college. (William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions, Harvard University)
Sheppard Shanley
Trust Joyce Slayton Mitchell. Her advice gives everyone—students, their parents, and their counselors—the 'can do' confidence to get through college admissions without meltdown. Read this book in sections and read some of it out loud. You'll like what you hear. Ms. Mitchell knows the hearts—and minds—of students and their parents. (Sheppard Shanley, senior associate director of admissions, Northwestern University)
Ted Spencer
This is one of the finest publications about college admissions that has come out in some time. The author was able to apply her extensive knowledge of the real issues that create anxiety among students and parents and artfully provide an effective road map to help students navigate their way though the college admission process. (Ted Spencer, director of admissions, University of Michigan)
Christoph Guttentag
For many years Joyce Slayton Mitchell has given outstanding advice to families seeking guidance through the college admissions maze. And we in the admissions profession have enjoyed her valuable insights, sharp opinions, and clear writing as she has examined the college selection process. This thoughtful and well-organized book, which distills her years of experience, is no exception. (Christoph Guttentag, dean of admissions, Duke University)
Karl M. Furtenberg
A thoughtful and welldone book. Joyce Slayton Mitchell knows of what she speaks. (Karl M. Furtenberg, former dean of admissions, Dartmouth)
Scott L. Allen
During my twenty-one years at Emory, I have benefited greatly from Joyce Slayton Mitchell's wise, accurate, and compassionate view of college admissions. Listen to what she says; she gets it right and she knows what's most important in all of this: the students! (Scott L. Allen, associate dean, director of international recruitment, Emory University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932662566
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Joyce Slayton Mitchell has served 17 years as the Director of College Advising at the Nightingale Bamford School in New York City. She currently has a consultancy at the North London Collegiate School Jeju, ROK. Mitchell is the author of 41 works of nonfiction, including The Korean Guide to American Universities (in Korean Language), The Chinese Guide to American Universities (in Mandarin), and College to Career: The Guide to Career Planning and Winning the Heart of the College Admissions Dean. She writes a college advice column in the Hardwick Gazette (Vermont), and in the China Daily’s teen edition, 21st Century, for Mainland China’s national school students.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Developing Your College List
1: Self-Assessment
2: College Admissions Testing
3: What's Out There? Researching the Colleges
4: The College Visit
5: Communications: Personalize, Personalize, Personalize
6: College Economics 101
7: Final List: Eight First Choices
Part II: Applying to College
8: College Essay
9: The Application
10: The Interview
11: Late Decision (Wait Listed!)
12: Transfers
Part III: A Word to the Wise Parents
13: A Parenting Challenge
Appendices
Appendix A: College Admissions Talk
Appendix B: Annotated Resources
Appendix C: Top 101 American Colleges

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