ISBN: 9781402263316

By: Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Published: 04/01/2012

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“Shaevitz’s suggestions and advice could prove invaluable for students and parents involved in the college-admissions process. ” - School Library Journal When It Comes to College Admissions, Dare to Be Yourself Applying to college isn't just about your GPA, test scores, or how many activities you've done. It's about finding colleges that fit you as a student and a person. And the secret is: that's what the colleges want as well. adMISSIONPOSSIBLE is not your ordinary admission guide-this book is designed to help you be just a little bit different, just a little bit better, than everyone else by focusing on who you are and what you love. adMISSION POSSIBLE takes the stress out of the admission process by providing you with the most useful hands-on advice on everything you need to know and do to make the application process go smoothly-a step-by-step action plan, filled with worksheets, charts, resume and essay samples, questions, directions, and timelines. Along the way you'll discover how to make yourself shine with: • Extracurricular activities that show your passions, know-how, leadership, and/or resourcefulness • Admissions essays based on insights and unique, down-to-earth personal stories • High school counselor and teacher recommendations that are "over the top" • An Activities Résumé that helps colleges and recommenders really know you "Wonderfully comprehensive...extraordinarily accurate in a field with a million small details that can change abruptly."—Jon Reider, Former Senior Associate Director of Admission, Stanford University (1985-2000), Director of College Counseling, San Francisco University High School "Majorie makes college admissions a process of discovery for the student and leaves them happy about where they are going instead of unhappy about where they are not going." —Samuel L. Popkin, PhD, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego, Susan L. Shirk, PhD, Director of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation


Table of Contents



1. Courses, Grades, and Intellectual Pursuits: What Colleges Look For in Academic Preparation
• Academic preparation in high school • Required and recommended courses • Honors, AP, and IB courses • Academic preparation outside your high school • Individual pursuits • Organized offerings (academic competitions; regional and state talent search summer programs; internships; online courses and tutorials; early college enrollment academies during the school year; preenrichment programs for low income, first generation, or underrepresented students; semester, year-long, and summer programs abroad; attendance at a local college during the regular school year; summer college programs for high school students)

2. Extracurricular Activities: What You Do with Your Time When You Are Not in Class
• Doing what you love, or at least what you're interested in • Finding extracurricular activities you enjoy, if not love • Guidelines for choosing activities • Maximizing a skill, talent, or interest • Some extracurricular options (in-school versus out-of-school activities; sports; community service; work experiences; summer experiences; special talents, offbeat hobbies, and interests) • Activities if you want to go to one of the Ivies

3. Teacher and Counselor Relationships: They're More Important Than You Might Think
• What teachers look for in students • Admissions officers pay close attention to counselor recommendations • Independent counselors offer a number of services

4. Tests and Test Preparation: Which Tests to Take, Why, and When
• Overview of the college admissions tests • PSAT • SAT • To get or not to get test preparation • Good enough test scores to get into colleges • Comparing your test scores with successful applicants • Good enough test scores for fifteen major colleges • PLAN • ACT • A comparison of the SAT and ACT tests • How ACT scores compare to SAT scores • Subject Tests • AP Courses and tests • How AP courses are different from regular courses • AP Scholar awards • Testing and international students


5. Your College List: Finding and Choosing Colleges That You're Going to Love
• Identifying what you need and want in a college • The seven steps of researching colleges and developing a good college list (begin your college list with a brainstorming session, confer with trusted people to add more colleges to your list, make use of Internet college searches to identify other colleges, research the colleges, determine your chances for acceptance, organize your list into categories, refine and settle on a final college list) • Sample college lists

6. College Visits: The Best Way of Finding Out What You Want in a College
• When and how much time to spend at colleges • Things to see and do when visiting a college (visit the college admissions office, take a campus tour, sit in on a class, meet a professor in your field of interest, talk with current students, look into extracurricular/athletic interests or special student services, check out housing arrangements, read the campus newspaper, walk or drive through the adjacent town, go back to the "blink" concept)

7. Relationships with Colleges: How to Make College Contacts a "Tip Factor" in Your College Admissions
• Contact with colleges (aka demonstrated interest) • The deal about admissions yield rates • Who your high school's college admissions reps are and why you should care • What to say and do when you stop by an admissions office • College Fairs


8. Your Activities Résumé: Helping Colleges "Get" Who You Are
• Advice about the choice of activities • Why and how to use an Activities Résumé • Making the most of your résumé • Sample résumés

9. Collecting Personal Stories and Anecdotes: Secret Weapons in Writing Application Essays
• Brainstorming ideas • Real examples of stories and anecdotes and how students used them


10. To Do or Not to Do the Earlies: Early Action, Restricted Early Action, And Early Decision
• Why colleges offer early admission • Useful information about early programs • Advantages and disadvantages of early applications • Whether to apply early • The outcome of early applications • What to do if you get deferred

11. Completing Undergraduate Applications: How to Make Your Best Case to Colleges
• The two major types of applications (the Common Application, a college's own application) • Organizing a system for dealing with admissions materials from 9th through 12th grades • Insider advice, common sense, and what matters regarding applications • Summary of college application steps • Section by section advice about filling out applications • Follow up on your applications

12. Writing Admissions Essays: How to Be More Than Your GPA and Test Scores
• Sample essay questions • The taboo subjects for essays • Author's tips on writing • Examples of successful essay titles • Eight steps to writing a great admissions essay • Sample essay • How to recycle an essay • Essay Dos and Don'ts

13. Letters of Recommendation: Getting Others to Sing Your Praises
• High school counselor, secondary school report form, and school profile • What to provide the school counselor • Dos and Don'ts in working with the school counselor • High school teacher evaluation and instructor recommendation forms • What to provide teachers • What to provide other recommenders • Keeping track of forms and letters

14. Admissions Interviews: Knowing Exactly What to Say and Do
• The point of an interview for you • The point of an interview for the admissions office • Setting up an interview • Preparing for an interview • Practicing for an on-campus interview • What to bring to an interview • What happens at an interview • Creating a friendly, conversational atmosphere at an interview • What if you are shy • Dos and Don'ts about college interviews • Interview follow-up • College Interview Cheat Sheet


15. The End of the Admissions Road: A. Dealing with Deferred Admissions, Wait lists, and Denials B. Choosing Your College
• The end of the admissions road • Curves and roadblocks • Dealing with a wait list • Appealing admissions denials • Final destination • Information needed for decision-making • The actual decision-making process

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Format: Paperback

Length: 10 in
Width: 8 in
Weight: 23.28 oz
Page Count: 272 pages


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