“As a fun, practical, and best of all, panic-free guide to a common rite of passage, Jill Margaret Shulman’s “College Admissions Cracked” could not be more timely. Why our society insists on taking what should be just another step on the road to adulthood and turning it into an agonizing gauntlet is perhaps a question for another time. For now, take heart: if it is possible for a book to be a chill pill, pep talk, and roadmap all in one, this lively work certainly fills the bill.”— Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author of In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle.
So, your child is a high school junior. You’ve heard other parents with kids older than yours whisper the word “college” like it was a terminal disease. You’ve seen their taut, maniacal grins trying to hold it together. The process of weathering and conquering the college admissions process with a teenager is a daunting affair for many. Very soon, advice will pour in through friends, your child’s guidance counselor, and your mother’s neighbor’s cousin, if it hasn’t begun trickling in already. That’s where we come in.
Welcome to anyone navigating the college admissions process (now or ever).
Enter a safe, compassionate support group of parents committed to getting through the college admissions frenzy with their relationships intact (and by relationships we mean with kids, partners, friends, and yourself). Jill Margaret Shulman, a college admissions coach, application evaluator, college writing instructor, essayist, author, and your fiercest ally will guide you through the entire crazy ritual that college admissions has become, month by month, breath by deep, cleansing breath, from your kid’s junior year in high school until you drop them off at college.
Come as you are—whether chill or roiling with anxiety—and Shulman, along with a platoon of experts and fellow parents, will help you maintain your strength and sense of self-worth, so easily lost somewhere between your teenager’s screaming, “I hate you! You’re ruining my life!” and typing your credit card number into the College Board’s website for the twentieth time.
You’ve got college admissions cracked, and now this book has got your back.
“Sharp, wise, and witty, College Admissions Cracked is the crystal clear roadmap through chaos that you have been looking for and the welcome relief that you didn’t realize was possible. If you have a kid who’s on the path to college, this book is indispensable.”— Daniel Lerner, coauthor of U Thrive
“Into the breach of the college admissions mania steps Jill Margaret Shulman with a game-changing guide to navigating and surviving the process. It packs the insights and strategies some pay a consultant thousands for into an all-encompassing, easy-to-follow plan. As comforting as it is comprehensive, it’s the closest thing to a support group you will find. A must-read for parents wanting to help their college-bound student, while not losing their minds!”— Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult
“Shulman’s book is an invaluable resource for the parents and guardians of college-bound kids. In addition to practical, step-by-step considerations of the research, application, and financial aid processes, she offers a sanctuary of sanity in the often chaotic and stressful ethos of the world of college admission. Readers will benefit from her strategic tools, clarity, and good humor as they work to successfully support their children’s best fit for college. It is the one book every parent embarking on the college journey with their child should read.”—Katie Fretwell, Former Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Amherst College