Selected Works

Non-Fiction
For Service to Your Country
The Essential Guide to Getting the Veterans' Benefits You've Earned
Fiction
Love Lessons
Romantic short story collection
Brianna Sullivan Mysteries series
Paranormal stories featuring reluctant psychic in a small town
Education
KickStart to College
A complete guide to the college application process.
Complete Idiot's Guide to Success as a Mortgage Broker
A step-by-step handbook on real estate financing written by Daniel S. Kahn and Marian Edelman Borden
Parenting
The Baffled Parent's Guide to Sibling Rivalry
Quick answers to parent's most baffling moments

KickStart to College

From the forward to KickStart to College

KickStart to College will give you the information you need to plan your future. It's full of insider tips. Not only have I worked in the field for more than a dozen years and written several books on the topic, but most important, I have asked the people in charge the questions you would ask if you had the opportunity. I've pushed when their answers sounded like they were part of a public relations campaign rather than the truth. I've interviewed college admissions officers, athletic coaches, financial aid experts, alumni relations deans, teachers, parents, students, and yes, lived through the process myself when my three sons were applying to college.

From the forward of KickStart to College

The point of KickStart to College is to give you the information you need to gain more control of the college admissions process. There is a lot you can't do anything about, for example, geographic diversity: You live in New York City and want to go to a college in New England. Now, the last thing on earth any college in Boston needs is another kid from the Big Apple. But forget about it. You can't change where you live, the color of your skin, or where you went to high school. Get over it and move on. And you know what? That's exactly what the director of admissions at one Ivy League college told me. So let go of the stuff you can't control, and focus on the details you can control. (Actually that's not a bad lesson for life in general.)

p. 9 & 10, KickStart to College

Advanced Placement Classes

AP exams are graded on a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the highest. Any 4 or 5 grade is excellent, and even a 3 indicates a solid performance in the course. Based on your performance, you can earn credit, advanced placement, or both, for college. Your score may even earn you advanced placement credit. You could even enter college with enough credits to be considered a sophomore and finish your college coursework in three years.


p. 66 & 67, KickStart to College

Leadership Counts

You don't have to be president of every club you join, but being an officer or assuming additional responsibilities does reflect a growing commitment to the group on your part. That's important for your own personal growth - and what colleges are interested in seeing. They need leaders on campus - people who are willing to make things happen. Displaying leadership qualities shows that you are self-motivated and responsible. These are the keys to handling the academic and social demands of college.