Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

eBook - 2015
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"Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges-large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are a student's efforts in and out of the classroom, not the gleam of his or her diploma. Where you go isn't who you'll be. Americans need to hear that-and this indispensable manifesto says it with eloquence and respect for the real promise of higher education"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455590117
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 08, 2018

All parents of prospective college students obsessed with getting their kids into big-name schools should read this book. Lots of successful people went to colleges that one never has heard of. Bottom line: The school one goes to probably doesn't make that much difference. It is the person's hard work, motivation and initiative that does.

May 14, 2015

I am not heading to college nor is anybody in my family. Yet I found this book really informative and interesting.The mania which takes over students' lives when college admissions season hits is just unbelievable and Bruni addresses this mania. He wonders if it is well-deserved and makes a good case for the converse.

A well-researched and well-written book. It'll help many students in their senior years and their parents set their priorities right.

Apr 29, 2015

A must read for parents and college bound students. Learn what Ivy League and other name brand schools really look for in an applicant. Save time and money by not wasting efforts on schools that recruit to reject. For further reading, "Excellent Sheep"' by Deresiewicz. Also see comments for the novel, "Early Decision ."


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