So what's in the book? Everything! Beginning with "The Big Picture" for 9th graders and ending with walking the seniors right onto campus, College Is Yours 2.0 is a collection of 60 short (600 word) essays on every college admissions topic your student will be wondering about, written in a humorous and conversational style. He covers creating a college list, standardized testing, campus tours, financial aid and paying for college (which are not the same thing), working with your counselor, and how to make your final choice. There's even an illuminating chapter for parents that I wish I could just type in here, but I'm going to leave you to read it for yourselves.
Since we're in this together, I've limited my chapters to 600 words--just like some of your college essays.
College Is Yours 2.0 is like a guidance counselor in your pocket, a book you can refer to late at night when you're having trouble sleeping and need reassurance. I'm not certain my boys would have actually read it if I had had it to casually prop up against the Xbox, but it would have been reassuring to me as a college admissions mom. I highly recommend it to every 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grader who is thinking about planning to apply to college.
Have you read College Is Yours 2.0? What did you think?
Lessa Scherrer is an college admissions consultant who has worked with college-bound students for many years. She is a member of NACAC and WACAC and also teaches ACT Prep, speed-reading, college study skills and college-level writing.
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