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

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Crown/Archetype, Dec 18, 2007 - Study Aids - 256 pages
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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 taught her the secrets of playing the admissions game without all the anxiety. Now, Arlene shares what admissions officers won’t tell you—that getting into a great college isn’t as hard as it seems! You’ll learn . . .

• How to get into a top college without ever taking the SATs

• Why a little procrastination never hurt anyone

• Why applying to fewer schools increases the chances of acceptance

• What really matters when your child goes off to college—and beyond

As entertaining as it is practical and realistic, Getting In Without Freaking Out is the only guide of its kind—one that helps you get through the getting-in process with grace, good humor, and knowledge that will enhance your student’s chance of success.


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Contents

How This Book Came to Beand What ts For
17
Activities Are Supposed to Be
21
The Ground Rules for Parents
23
Secret 3 Theres Involvement and Theres Overinvolvement
30
Secret 5 You Know Youll Still Love Them Wherever They Go
36
Look on the Bright Side
43
Secret 11 The System Could Actually Be Worse
50
Its All About Vocabularythe A Words
56
Secret 53 Expect Procrastination
154
Secret 54 Murphy Wasnt Kidding So Be Prepared
157
Secret 55 Take Advantage of Rolling Admissions
159
Secret 56 Dont Send Props
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Secret 51 Send Videotapes with Caution
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Secret 58 Anxiety Can Make You Careless
165
Secret 59 Resist the Urge to Write a Clever Letter
167
Its All About Vocabularythe U Words
169

Secret 16 A Caltech Reality Check
63
Secret 17 They Dont Have to Reach for the Stars
65
Secret 18 Some Bloom Later
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Secret 19 Every Good College ls Full of Rejects
69
Secret 20 Accept That the Process Is Flawed
72
Secret 21 Harvards for Slackers
74
Secret 22 Chances Are Theyll Get In
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Its All About Vocabularythe P Words
78
College Matchmaking Secret 23 Its Good to Get Engaged
79
Secret 24 But a Wedding ls Not a Marriage
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Secret 25 Trophy Schools Are Like Trophy Wives
84
Secret 26 Dont Follow the Crowd
85
Secret 27 Ask What Your College Can Do for You
88
Secret 28 Look on the Sunny Side
90
Secret 29 Think Globally
93
Secret 30 Consider Opting Out
95
Secret 31 Let the Shoe Fit A Fairy Tale
98
Testing Testing SAT Secret 32 SATs Dont Stand the Test of Time I01 Secret 33 Endurance Counts or Should
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Dont Be Shocked
109
Secret 36 Timing Isnt Everything lll
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Secret 37 Breathe
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Its All About Vocabularythe S Words
120
Secret 40 Admissions Fads Come and Go
121
Secret 41 He Who Fences May Miss the Point
124
Secret 42 Summer SuckingUp Not Required
126
Secret 43 Dont Call It Camp
128
Secret 44 Admissions Officers Are Smarter Than You Think
131
Essays Dont Have to Be Perfect Secret 45 Meaning of Life Not Required
135
Secret 46 Honesty ls the Best Policy
137
Secret 47 Nobody Likes a Whiner
139
Secret 48 Save Something for Oprah
142
Secret 49 One Can Be Too Politically Correct l44 Secret 50 lmperfection ls Better
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Its All About Vocabularythe O Words
148
The Application Secret 51 Apply to Fewer Schools
149
Secret 52 A Calendar ls an AntiNag Device
152
Going on Tour Secret 60 Reach Out and Touch Someone But Dont Poke Them in the Eye
171
Secret 61 The Chauffeurs Creed
173
Secret 62 You Never Know Who Youre Talking To I76 Secret 63 Some Things Only a Parent Can Say I78 Secret 64 Silence Is Golden Sometimes Pl...
182
Its an Investment Right? The Iinancials Secret 67 Classroom Customers Care
187
Secret 68 WorkStudy Reaps Rewards I89 Secret 69 Kindness Pays
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Secret 70 Consider the C Words
194
Secret 71 College Costs Are Relative
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And the Envelope Please Secret 72 Whose Mail ls It Anyway? I99 Secret 73 Acceptance Takes Time to Accept 2OI Secret 74 Whatever Happens Cel...
203
Secret 75 On the Wait List? Eat a Strawberry
204
Secret 76 Sometimes Doing Nothing ls Something
206
Secret 77 You Cant Take It Personally
208
Secret 78 Good Learners Learn Anywhere
210
Secret 79 Rejection Has Upsides
211
Secret 80 Why Ask Why?
212
Secret 81 Appeals Are Not So Appealing
213
Secret 82 Remember Hamiltons Revenge
214
Secret 83 Luck Is Dumb Your Kid ls Not 2I6 Secret 84 Dont Rain on Anyones Parade
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Secret 85 Take a Quantum Leap 2I9 Secret 86 Be Happy for Them
220
Secret 87 Its Never Too Late
222
Secret 88 They Did It You Helped
225
Its All About Vocabuarythe Q Words
226
Chapter 12 There They Go for Now Secret 89 Senioritis Happens
227
Secret 90 Think About a limeOut
230
Secret 91 College Education Begins at Home
232
Secret 92 Less Stress Now Less Stress Later
234
Secret 93 Distance ls Relative
236
Secret 94 Fewer Walk on the Wild Side
238
Secret 95 A Mind ls a Wonderful Thing to Change
240
Secret 96 Theres Always Grad School
242
Secret 97 Bragging Rights Never Expire
244
Secret 98 They Will Come Home Again
245
Extra Credit Secret 99 Enjoy Your Life
247
Secret 100 The Ultimate Acceptance Letter
248
Secret 101 Crib Sheet
250
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About the author (2007)

Arlene Matthews is the author of seven books on parenting and psychology and founder of Your College Coach (yourcollegecoach.com), an admissions advising service. She is the mother of a teenage son who will, all too soon, be college-bound.


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