Summer Reading Recommendations

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Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer is approaching, which (hopefully!) means you have a little bit of extra time in your schedule. If so, you may want to check out some of our favorite college and admissions related books.

Colleges That Change Lives

As you probably know by now, we’re all about college fit here at Future Stars. We think that many students are so focused on gaining admission into a school with a “prestigious” name that they lose sight of identifying a strong college match.

Colleges that Change Lives identifies and profiles 40 schools that may not be as well known as the Ivy Leagues, but which provide students with an excellent, student-centered education. Each college profile ”includes a wealth of vital information, including admissions standards, distinguishing facts about the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and what faculty say about their jobs.”

Leaf through this book and you might discover a “hidden gem” school that perfectly matches what you’re looking for.

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be

In Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni debunks the myth that job prospects, career success, and future earnings are dependent on how “good” of a college you attend. Instead, he argues that it’s what you do during your time at college that really matters.

The book features interviews with successful people such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Undergraduate degree: University of Denver) and former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons (Undergraduate degree: University of Hawaii Manoa) who attended lesser known or less celebrated schools. Where you Go is Not Who You’ll Be is a great read for students and parents who feel overwhelmed by the admissions process, or for high schoolers who want to get the most out of their college years.

The Financial Aid Handbook

Do you hope to learn how to maximize your chance of receiving merit aid? Interested in learning how much college debt is too much debt? Want to know why attending your “reach” school is not always the best option?

If so, you might want to check out The Financial Aid Handbook, which teaches students and parents how to navigate the labyrinth that is the college financial aid process. In addition, authors Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik--both of whom have decades of experience in the financial aid field--explain how to find colleges that you can actually afford.

The Launching Years

Applying to college can be stressful--and not just for students, but for their parents too (perhaps especially their parents). In The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life, authors Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt provide advice about how to navigate this transition period. Specifically, they discuss how to deal with your teen’s growing desire for independence, how to ward of the dreaded symptoms of “senioritis,” and how to impart skills required to tackle this period of “emerging adulthood”

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