College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness

College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness

by Jill Margaret Shulman
College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness

College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness

by Jill Margaret Shulman


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How to help your kid navigate the college admissions process -- from scheduling standardized tests to writing essays -- month by month, girlfriend's-guide style.

So, your child is a high school junior. You've heard other parents with kids older than yours whisper the word "college" like it was a terminal disease. You've seen their taut, maniacal grins as they try to hold it together. The process of weathering and conquering the college admissions process with a teenager is a daunting affair for many. Advice will pour in through friends, your child's guidance counselor, and your mother's neighbor's cousin.

Thankfully, Jill Margaret Shulman, a college admissions coach, application evaluator, college writing instructor, essayist, author, and empathetic parent, is here to be your fiercest ally. She'll guide you through the entire crazy ritual that college admissions has become, month by month, breath by deep, cleansing breath, until you drop your kid off at college where she will ignore your phone calls and texts.

Come as you are -- whether chill or roiling with anxiety -- and Shulman, along with a platoon of experts and fellow parents, will help you maintain your strength and sense of self-worth, so easily lost somewhere between your teenager's screaming, "I hate you! You're ruining my life!" and typing your credit card number into the College Board's website for the twentieth time.

You've got college admissions cracked, and now, this book has got your back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316420525
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,077,173
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jill Margaret Shulman is the founder of In Other Words, a college essay coaching service. She has spent nearly a decade shepherding high school students and their parents through the college admissions process and reading and evaluating applications at Amherst College and Williams College. Jill has also taught writing at The New School and City University of New York and written for the New York Times, Family Circle, Parents, Good Housekeeping, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. She lives with her husband and two children (whenever they are home from college) in the higher education mecca of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

In(tro)duction 3

Welcome to Anyone Navigating the College Admissions Process (Now or Ever)

I Fall of Junior Year: Five Things You Really Need to Hear Right Now

Chapter 1 The College Search Prequel 7

Survival (Whether or Not You're Feeling the Fittest)

Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Parent Involvement: Reality Checks

Broaching the "College Shopping" Topic with Your Teen

Becoming an Educated Consumer

Considering Outside Intervention: Options from Flyweight to Heavyweight

Translating Your Kid's High School Life So Far into College Admissions Data

To-Do List

II Winter of Junior Year: Five Helpful Mantras for the Winter of Our Discontent

Chapter 2 January 39

Everything My Clients Ever Wanted to Know (Though Perhaps More Than You Ever Wanted to Know) About Standardized Testing


The Ins and Outs of Athletic Recruiting

To-Do List

Chapter 3 February 65

Planning When and Where to Visit

How to Visit: Dos and Don'ts

Signing Up for Senior Classes: Rigor vs. Grades

To-Do List

III Spring of Junior Year: Five Fantasy Responses to "Where's Your Kid Applying to College?"

Chapter 4 March 93

March Winds Blow

Type-A Parents, This Is Your Moment to Organize!

Guesstimating Your Kid's Chances

Spring Meetings: When College Talk Is Released into the Open Air

To-Do List

Chapter 5 April 111

Surviving April Showers of Constant Interrogations

The Spring Break College Tour Extravaganza

Interview Tips for Introverts, Extroverts, and Everyone in Between

The Skinny on Recommendations

To-Do List

Chapter 6 May 132

Your Junior's Spring Fever and Stressors

Who Will Help My Kid with the Infamous College Essay and Everything Else?

Summer Activities That Look Impressive vs. Just Doing Life

To-Do List

IV Summer Vacation: Five Ways to Sneak in College Visits Without Letting Them Consume Your Summer

Chapter 7 June and July 143

Summer Campus Visits: A Cautionary Tale

Testing Your Patience

Time to Write (or Plan to Write, or Think About Writing) the Personal Essay

A Gap Year, or No Gap Year? That Is the Question

To-Do List

Chapter 8 August 161

Application Intel

Answers to My Clients' FAQs About the Common Application

Summer's End

To-Do List

V Fall of Senior Year: Five Dinner Table Topics Other Than College

Chapter 9 September 185

'Tis the Application Season

ED or EA or RD, Oh My!

Fall Meetings

Fall College Visit and Revisit FAQs

Finalizing the College List

To-Do List

Chapter 10 October 205

Submitting Applications

Facing the Dark Side: The Financial Aid Forms

To-Do List

Chapter 11 November 220

The Thanksgiving Challenge

To-Do List

Chapter 12 December 223

Early Notifications Coming In

Submitting RD Applications

To-Do List

VI Second Semester Senior Year and Beyond: Five Necessities for Your Kick-to-the-Finish Survival Kit

Chapter 13 Winter of Senior Year 241

And So We Wait

FAQs About What the *%$! Is Going On in Admissions Offices

To-Do List

Chapter 14 Spring of Senior Year 253

The Wait Is Over: RD Notifications Arrive

Making the Decision

To-Do List

Chapter 15 Graduation Through College Drop-Off Day 267

Emotional Pyrotechnics

And Then They're Off

To-Do List

Epilogue 278

Five Lessons from the College Admissions Process to Apply to Your Life

The Chill Parents' Revolution

To-Do List

Resources 281

Acknowledgments 287

Glossary of College Admissions-Related Terms You Can Never Un-Know 289

Index 299

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