The College Hook: Packaging Yourself to Win the College Admissions Game

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Center Street, Oct 31, 2009 - Education
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A comprehensive guide to the powerful packaging tool called the "Hook"--a special talent or achievement that leaps off the page of a college application and catches the eye of admissions officers. Competition for entry to the nation's top colleges is at an all-time high--and intensifying every year. Now nationally recognized college consultant and writer Pam Proctor reveals the "packaging" secrets that can help any student maximize the odds of admission to the college of his or her choice. Using real life anecdotes and examples from winning applications, Proctor provides students with a step-by-step program that will enable them to determine and develop their unique "Hook," and then package and market themselves at every stage of the admissions process.
  

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The College Hook is very informative, and I’d recommend students - and parents - read it before students start high school. The book emphasize how to separate yourself from others, an idea that’s ... Read full review

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At first, I was not too fond of the book. "Packaging" oneself just to get into a college just seemed crass. After I examined my initial impressions, I realized I was wrong. With an adjusted mindset, I ... Read full review

Contents

THE POWERFUL COLLEGEHOOK STRATEGY
PART I
CHAPTER ONE
FROM COLLEGE TO SELFCONFIDENCE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
STEP 2
STEP 3
PACKAGING DOS AND DONTS FOR YOUR GPA
CHAPTER TWENTY
THE COLLEGE HOOK APPLICATION CHECKLIST
PART IV
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
REACH FOR THE STARSBUT KEEP YOUR FEET FIRMLY PLANTED ON THE GROUND
FOLLOW YOUR HOOK
GO AGAINST THE CROWD

STEP 4
PART II
CHAPTER FOUR
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR ATHLETES FROM CHELO CANINO
CHAPTER FIVE
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR INTERNATIONALISTS AND LINGUISTS
CHAPTER SIX
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR MUSICIANS
CHAPTER SEVEN
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR POLITICIANS AND DEBATERS
CHAPTER EIGHT
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR TECHNOLOGY JUNKIES
CHAPTER NINE
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR DOGOODERS
CHAPTER TEN
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ASPIRING DOCTORS
CHAPTER ELEVEN
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR WRITERS
CHAPTER TWELVE
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR ACTORS
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
BRIGHT IDEAS FOR MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS
PART III
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
MARKETING YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE
MARKETING A BROADWAY BABY
A HighPerformance Hook
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
HOOKBOLSTERING BRAINSTORMS
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
ORGANIZE ACCORDING TO CATEGORIES
HOOKING THE ACTIVITIES LIST
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
START WITH YOUR HOOK
Amys Essay from the Heart
Davids Humorous Essay
MAKE YOUR HOOK MEANINGFUL
BRAINSTORM WITH DR KEVIN MCCARTHY
GOT WRITERS BLOCK? JUST GET STARTED
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
PREP FOR THE TESTS
TAKE BOTH THE SAT AND ACT
TAKE SAT SUBJECT TESTS SOON AFTER A COURSE
APPLY TO COLLEGES WITH FLEXIBLE TEST REPORTING POLICIES
CHAPTER NINETEEN
APPLY EARLY DECISION
APPLY EARLY ACTION
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
POINTERS FROM AN ALUMNI INTERVIEWER
TWENTY QUESTIONS
FOLLOWING UP
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
MEET THE ADMISSIONS REPS ASSIGNED TO YOUR AREA
GET CONNECTED WITH MULTICULTURAL ADMISSIONS COORDINATORS
ATTEND SPECIAL OPENHOUSE PROGRAMS
SEND UPDATES WITH NEW INFORMATION AND AWARDS
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
MARKETING TIPS FROM RECRUITER ROSEMARY SHERRY
HEIGHT AND HAIKU AT DIVISION III
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
A TALE OF TWO STUDENTS
QUICK TIPS FOR WORKING THE WAIT LIST
From College to SelfConfidence
APPENDIX A
THE NONCONFORMIST ESSAY
THE SPORTS ESSAY
THE FAVORITE FILMBOOK ESSAY
THE INFLUENTIAL PERSON ESSAY
THE CREATIVE ESSAY
THE OFFBEAT ESSAY
THE DIVERSITY ESSAY 1
THE DIVERSITY ESSAY 2
THE DIVERSITY ESSAY 3
THE FAMOUS QUOTE ESSAY
THE FUNKY PASTIME ESSAY
THE TRIUMPHOVERADVERSITY ESSAY
MOSTMEANINGFULACTIVITY ESSAYS
APPENDIX B
SUPPLEMENTS TO A SCIENCE HOOK
SUPPLEMENT TO A WRITING HOOK
SUPPLEMENT TO AN INTERNATIONAL HOOK
SUPPLEMENT TO A TECHNOLOGY HOOK
THE EXPANDED ACTIVITIES SUPPLEMENT
MODEL LETTER TO COACH
MODEL STAT SHEET
SELECTED REFERENCES
ENDNOTES
THE PROVEN PROGRAM FOR PACKAGING AND SELLING YOURSELFTO THE COLLEGE OF YOUR DREAMS
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Pam Proctor is president of College Application Consultants, Inc, a former senior editor/writer for PARADE MAGAZINE, and cowriter of nine books.

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