I'm Going to College---Not You!: Surviving the College Search with Your Child

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Jennifer Delahunty
St. Martin's Press, Aug 31, 2010 - Education - 288 pages
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Acceptance by a top college is more than a gold star on a high school graduate's forehead today. It has morphed into the ultimate "good parenting" stamp of approval--the better the bumper sticker, the better the parent, right? Parents of juniors and seniors in high school fret over SAT scores and essays, obsessed with getting their kids into the right college, while their children push for independence.

I'm Going to College---Not You! is a resource for parents, written by parents who've been in their shoes. Kenyon College dean Jennifer Delahunty shares her unique perspective (and her daughter's) on one of the toughest periods of parenting, and has assembled a top-notch group of writers that includes best-selling authors, college professors and admissions directors, and journalists. Their experiences with the difficult balancing act between control freak and resource answer questions like:

--how can a parent be less of a "helicopter" (hovering) and more of a "booster rocket" (uplifting)?
--what do you do when your child wants to put off college to become a rock star?
and
--how will you keep from wanting to kill each other?

Contributors include:
Jane Hamilton
David Latt
Neal Pollack
Joe Queenan
Anne Roark
Debra Shaver
Anna Quindlen
Ellen Waterston

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part 1 Where It All Begins
11
Part 2 From the Outsiders
29
Part 3 From the Insiders
79
Part 4 From a Mothers Perspective
111
Part 5 From a Fathers Perspective
135
Part 6 Road Trippin
179
Part 7 A Users Guide for Parents
229
About the Contributors
265
Copyright Acknowledgments
275
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JENNIFER DELAHUNTY has been the dean of admissions and financial aid at Kenyon College since 2003 and has worked in higher education since 1982. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors Journal. She is also the mother of two college-age daughters. She lives in Gambier, Ohio.

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