Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

by Frank Bruni

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Overview

Read award-winning journalist Frank Bruni's New York Times bestseller: an inspiring manifesto about everything wrong with today's frenzied college admissions process and how to make the most of your college years.

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no.

In Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be, Frank Bruni explains why this mindset is wrong, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.

Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are students' efforts in and out of the classroom, not the name on their diploma.

Where you go isn't who you'll be. Americans need to hear that—and this indispensable manifesto says it with eloquence and respect for the real promise of higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455532681
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 46,340
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Frank Bruni is the author of three bestselling books and an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. Prior, he worked as the newspaper's chief restaurant critic, Rome bureau chief and White House correspondent.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Unsung Alma Maters 15

Chapter 2 Throwing Darts 38

Chapter 3 Obsessives at the Gate 57

Chapter 4 Rankings and Wrongs 80

Chapter 5 Beyond the Comfort Zone 99

Chapter 6 From Tempe to Waterloo 114

Chapter 7 An Elite Edge? 135

Chapter 8 Strangled with Ivy 156

Chapter 9 Humbled, Hungry and Flourishing 175

Chapter 10 Fire Over Formula 195

Epilogue 207

What People are Saying About This

Gretchen Rubin

For students, parents, teachers, and everyone else suffering during the college admissions process, Frank Bruni offers an outstanding resource. Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be is a thought-provoking look at how the system works
—and a fresh, reassuring reminder of what really matters in the college experience.

—Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

National Book Award-winning author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity - Andrew Solomon

"The supposition that intelligence can be measured, that success can be predicted, and that the combination of the two creates happiness is rightly exploded in this sharply observed and deeply felt book. In deconstructing the college admissions process, Frank Bruni exposes the folly by which enfranchised people measure their own lives. He speaks with a voice of urgent sanity."

#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

"For students, parents, teachers, and everyone else suffering during the college admissions process, Frank Bruni offers an outstanding resource. Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be is a thought-provoking look at how the system works—and a fresh, reassuring reminder of what really matters in the college experience."

Katie Couric

Frank Bruni provides the perfect course correction for students and parents who get sucked into the college admissions frenzy. I should know. I was one of them.

—Katie Couric

Pamela Druckerman

mind-opening book. I'm pretty sure it's going to change my life. It's already changed the way I think.

—Pamela Druckerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Up Bébé

Andrew Solomon

The supposition that intelligence can be measured, that success can be predicted, and that the combination of the two creates happiness is rightly exploded in this sharply observed and deeply felt book. In deconstructing the college admissions process, Frank Bruni exposes the folly by which enfranchised people measure their own lives. He speaks with a voice of urgent sanity.

—Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

New York Times bestselling author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood - Jennifer Senior

"For any adolescent sweating college admissions—and perhaps more critically, for any parent sweating college admissions—this book is required reading. With systematic, soothing precision, Bruni amasses evidence that lives up to his title, showing readers that there are thousands of paths to success in this world, only one of which is ivy-strewn, and that the fetish we've made of marquee-name colleges is as practically misguided as it is psychologically destructive. The result is a beta-blocker and eye-opener all rolled into one, certain to allay the anxious and enlighten the curious—particularly when April rolls around."

Maria Shriver

Your worth is not determined by the university you went to. Or, in other words, Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be. Alleluia. That's the exact mantra every student and parent must heed as they navigate the stressful college admissions process. I'm doing it for the fourth time and this excellent writer's new book could not have come at a better time for me. As Frank Bruni brilliantly demonstrates, your worth is your worth and it's yours to make wherever you go.

—Maria Shriver

New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Up Bebe - Pamela Druckerman

"A mind-opening book. I'm pretty sure it's going to change my life. It's already changed the way I think."

Jennifer Senior

For any adolescent sweating college admissions
—and perhaps more critically, for any parent sweating college admissions
—this book is required reading. With systematic, soothing precision, Bruni amasses evidence that lives up to his title, showing readers that there are thousands of paths to success in this world, only one of which is ivy-strewn, and that the fetish we've made of marquee-name colleges is as practically misguided as it is psychologically destructive. The result is a beta-blocker and eye-opener all rolled into one, certain to allay the anxious and enlighten the curious
—particularly when April rolls around.

—Jennifer Senior, New York Times bestselling author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

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