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The future is in your hands—not Harvard'sTO: All students wondering “Can I get into my dream college?”CC: All parents wondering “Can we afford it?”FROM: Educational consultant Kristin M. WhiteMEMO: COLLEGE RANKINGS DON’T MATTER. This claim might sound crazy, but it’s true: Research shows that where you go to school makes little difference to future financial success or quality of life—personal qualities such as ambition, perseverance, and a sense of purpose are all more important. Kristin M. White has helped hundreds of parents and students look beyond the dream-school hype and focus on what’s most important. Now, in It’s the Student, Not the College, she shows how to avoid unrepayable debt and set yourself up to grow, excel, and enjoy yourself at any school. Instead of obsessing over GPA cutoffs and SAT scores, students will learn how to build a personal “Success Profile”—by adopting the traits that help stellar students make the grade in school and life. Plus . . .
- Why what you do in school counts more than where you go
- 14 surefire ways to develop your Success Profile as a student and beyond
- Criteria to consider when choosing a college
- How to find a good fit for your family’s finances
- And tips for graduating career-ready and landing a great first job.
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About the Author
Kristin M. White is an educational consultant with Darien Academic Advisors, where she works with students in the United States and all over the world. She has written for several education newsletters and is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling. She is also the author of The Complete Guide to the Gap Year. She lives in Darien, CT.
Table of Contents
The Truth about College, Selectivity, and Success
1 Busting the Elite-College Mystique 3
2 Examining the Link between Top Colleges and Success 23
3 Realities of College Life Today 44
The Success Profile-What It Is, and How to Develop It
4 What Is the Success Profile? 59
5 Developing the Success Profile in High School 65
6 When High School Isn't Enough: How to Go Above and Beyond in Developing the Success Profile 84
7 Developing the Success Profile in College 97
8 Putting the Success Profile to Work: How to Get a Great Job After (or During) College 120
What You Should Consider When Choosing a School
9 Useful Criteria for Selecting a College 145
10 Finding a Financial Fit 156
11 College in the Future 191
12 Myths and Misunderstandings about College and Admissions 210
Appendix I Success Profile Worksheets 225
Appendix II Directory of Awards, Honors, and Fascinating Experiences for High School Students 236
About the Author 262
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This smart book will take much of the stress out of the over-hyped, out-of-control college search. Smart kids can succeed without bankrupting their families or saddling themselves with burdensome debt. Thank you Ms. White