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Getting in Without Freaking Out The Official College Admissions Guide for Overwhelmed Parents

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ISBN-10: 1400098416

ISBN-13: 9781400098415

Edition: 2005

Authors: Arlene Matthews

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Is College Planning Driving You Crazy? Somehow, watching as your children decide which schools to apply to is as stressful for you as it is for them. If you' ve found yourself contemplating essay forgery, scheduling five college tours for a single holiday weekend, and obsessively checking the "U.S. News and World Report" rankings, you may be on the verge of freaking out. But as a parent, it' s important to (try to) remain calm and help keep everything in perspective. Written specifically for parents and their college-bound teens, "Getting In Without Freaking Out" is an insider' s guide to the application process by professional college coach Arlene Matthews. Years of experience have…    
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Introduction: How This Book Came to Be-and What It's For
Take a Deep Breath: The Ground Rules for Parents
Relax: It's Only College
Stress Is a Killjoy
There's Involvement ... and There's Overinvolvement
It's Not Where You Go, It's Who You Are
You Know You'll Still Love Them, Wherever They Go
Anxiety Loves Company
Freak-Out Moments Are Okay
Look on the Bright Side
College Planning Means More Family Togetherness
You Can Let Go of "I Didn't Homeschool" Guilt
Obstacles Have Merit
The System Could Actually Be Worse
The SAT Could Actually Be Worse
At Least They Played Musical Chairs
Flash Card: It's All About Vocabulary-the "A" Words
Don't Believe the Hype: The Admissions Game
College Rankings Don't Lie, They Mislead
Not All Invitations Are Inviting
A Caltech Reality Check
They Don't Have to Reach for the Stars
Some Bloom Later
Every Good College Is Full of Rejects
Accept That the Process Is Flawed
Harvard's for Slackers
Chances Are, They'll Get In
Flash Card: It's All About Vocabulary-the "P" Words
College Matchmaking
It's Good to Get Engaged ...
... But a Wedding Is Not a Marriage
Trophy Schools Are Like Trophy Wives
Don't Follow the Crowd
Ask What Your College Can Do for You
Look on the Sunny Side
Think Globally
Consider Opting Out
Let the Shoe Fit (A Fairy Tale)
Testing, Testing, SAT
SATs Don't Stand the Test of Time
Endurance Counts ... or Should
Intelligence Is More Than a Quotient
Test-Prep Tactics: Don't Be Shocked
Timing Isn't Everything
Sleep on It
The New SAT Didn't Kill Anyone
Flash Card: It's All About Vocabulary-the "S" Words
Activities Are Supposed to Be Fun
Admissions Fads Come and Go
He Who Fences May Miss the Point
Summer Sucking-Up Not Required
Don't Call It Camp
Admissions Officers Are Smarter Than You Think
Essays Don't Have to Be Perfect
Meaning of Life Not Required
Honesty Is the Best Policy
Nobody Likes a Whiner
Save Something for Oprah
One Can Be Too Politically Correct
Imperfection Is Better
Flash Card: It's All About Vocabulary-the "O" Words
Procrastination Happens: The Application
Apply to Fewer Schools
A Calendar Is an Anti-Nag Device
Expect Procrastination
Murphy Wasn't Kidding ... So Be Prepared
Take Advantage of Rolling Admissions
Don't Send Props
Send Videotapes with Caution
Anxiety Can Make You Careless
Resist the Urge to Write a Clever Letter
Flash Card: It's All About Vocabulary-the "U" Words
Going on Tour
Reach Out and Touch Someone (But Don't Poke Them in the Eye)
The Chauffeur's Creed
You Never Know Who You're Talking To
Some Things Only a Parent Can Say
Silence Is Golden, Sometimes Platinum
Body Language Says a Lot
Some Things Are Skin Deep
It's an Investment, Right? The Financials
Classroom Customers Care
Work-Study Reaps Rewards
Kindness Pays
Consider the "C" Words
College Costs Are Relative
Flash Card: It's All About Vocabulary-the "T" Words
And the Envelope, Please ...
Whose Mail Is It, Anyway?
Acceptance Takes Time to Accept
Whatever Happens, Celebrate
On the Wait List? Eat a Strawberry
Sometimes Doing Nothing Is Something
You Can't Take It Personally
Good Learners Learn Anywhere
Rejection Has Upsides
Why Ask Why?
Appeals Are Not So Appealing
Remember Hamilton's Revenge
Luck Is Dumb, Your Kid Is Not
Don't Rain on Anyone's Parade
Take a Quantum Leap
Be Happy for Them
It's Never Too Late
They Did It ... You Helped
Flash Card: It's All About Vocabulary-the "Q" Words
There They Go ... for Now
Senioritis Happens
Think About a Time-Out
College Education Begins at Home
Less Stress Now, Less Stress Later
Distance Is Relative
Fewer Walk on the Wild Side
A Mind Is a Wonderful Thing to Change
There's Always Grad School
Bragging Rights Never Expire
They Will Come Home Again
Extra Credit
Enjoy Your Life
The Ultimate Acceptance Letter
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