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.)