Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond


Is your teen stressing over college admittance? Are you? Cowritten by a former top college admissions dean and a leading pediatrician, this first-of-its-kind book delivers strategies for surviving the admissions process while strengthening parent-child relationships, managing the stress of applying to college, and building resilience to meet challenges today and in the future.
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Is your teen stressing over college admittance? Are you? Cowritten by a former top college admissions dean and a leading pediatrician, this first-of-its-kind book delivers strategies for surviving the admissions process while strengthening parent-child relationships, managing the stress of applying to college, and building resilience to meet challenges today and in the future.
Less Stress, More Success is just what parents and teens need to thrive during this important rite of passage into adulthood.

For Parents

•How to encourage true high achievement, rather than perfectionism
•Important dos and don’ts about the admissions process and how you can most effectively help your child
•Why and when some forms of “helping” undermine your teenager’s self-confidence and chances of admission
•How to turn deadlines into opportunities to learn time-management and organization skills
•How you can encourage positive strategies for handling stress and building resilience
For Teens

•How to evaluate campus culture to find the right fit for you
•Ways to manage your parents and your friends
•Tips for the college interview
•Letting your true, authentic self come through in your admissions essay
•How your body handles stress…and what you can do to feel better and stay healthy
Includes a Personalized Stress Management Plan for teens!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is not your usual college admissions book. Rather, it is a parenting book that deals with a highly stressful period in many families' lives: the college admissions process. Jones (dean of admissions, MIT) considers why this process is so stressful and presents practical tips for parents to guide their teens toward the right college for them, while Ginsburg (pediatrics, Univ. of Pennsylvania Sch. of Medicine) speaks to stress management, e.g., the value of free time, building confidence, and avoiding negativity. Most of Ginsburg's strategies are valuable for parents in general, not just parents of collegebound teens. Both authors encourage parents to allow their teens to do the admissions work themselves, emphasizing that this is their initiation into adulthood. Finally, in the last two sections, the authors condense the information from the book and orient it toward teens. Somewhat repetitive, the book is perfect for reading a chapter here and there as needed. Parents of college-bound youth will no doubt find it a valuable resource even before their teens start looking at colleges. Suitable for public libraries. Mindy Rhiger, St. Paul Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581102307
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 735,391
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilee Jones, Former Dean of Admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

I have worked in college admissions for 25 years. I have seen many changes over time, but I have become alarmed at the pressures we adults are collectively placing on young people to make us all happy because I see how this drive to be admitted to college is affecting them so negatively. Wanting to become part of the solution, I have begun to speak out publicly about the effects of this pressure on kids. I am now involved in a growing movement to change the way higher education handles admissions so that students are seen, as I like to describe it, as human "beings" rather than human "doings."

Dr Ken Ginsburg:

I have specialized in adolescent medicine for 19 years at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. My patients range from poor urban to upper-income suburban youth. I am very concerned about how young people's behaviors affect their health. It seems that every year I see more young people who are physically ill, anxious, and depressed-some of whom are turning to dangerous quick fixes, such as drugs and alcohol-as a result of constant pressure to prove they are good enough to get into college. But I've become increasingly convinced that children and teens can overcome a great deal of adversity and deal with significant stress if their resilience is given the opportunity to flourish.

Both of us are critically concerned about what's happening to young people and deeply committed to redirecting them from the dangerous direction in which they're headed. We share a mutual goal: to help parents support their children in becoming successful at school and in life. Truly successful young people know how to face challenges, manage stress, enjoy life, and reach their potential while remaining healthy and well balanced. Success doesn't mean being the best at everything or attending the "best" college. Success isn't determined by a fat acceptance letter from their first-choice college. Success in the college admissions process can be achieved by finding the most appropriate college for each individual student-the best match-and by using this opportunity to develop resilience, integrity, and confidence for a lifetime.

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Table of Contents

Less Stress, More Success - A New Approach to College Admissions and Beyond

Table of Contents



Part One: Dean Marilee Jones: View From the Admissions Office

Chapter 1 My Epiphany
Chapter 2 Parental Behavior and Beliefs
Chapter 3 Why Is the College Admissions Process So Stressful?
Chapter 4 Why Are Kids So Stressed?
Chapter 5 Why Do Parents Act the Way We Do?
Chapter 6 A Better Way to Look at College Admissions
Chapter 7 Dos and Don'ts for Parents in the Admissions Process

Part Two: Dr Ken Ginsburg: What Can Parents Do?

Chapter 8 The Problem With Perfectionism
Chapter 9 Look at Your Child
Chapter 10 Stress and Its Effects
Chapter 11 Fostering Resilience
Chapter 12 Building Competence
Chapter 13 The Value of Free Time
Chapter 14 Changing Thinking Patterns
Chapter 15 Strengthening Confidence
Chapter 16 Connection, Character, and Contribution
Chapter 17 Assuming More Control
Chapter 18 Coping With Stress
Chapter 19 Getting Ready to Leave…and the Year After

Part Three: The Dean of Admissions Talks to Students

Part Four: Just for Teens: A Guide to Managing Stress

Epilogue: Carrots, Eggs, and Coffee



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