Are your parents driving you nuts about the college selection process? Or—better yet—are you driving your child crazy about his or her post-high school plans?
Then, clinical psychologist and former admissions committee member Nancy Berk is here to help. Her book College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get Into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind is a survival guide for parents and would-be college students alike, outlining the admissions process from its infancy stage (“What to Expect When You’re Expecting College”) to empty nest syndrome once the baby bird flies the coup.
The best thing about Berk’s book is that it uses humor as a way to combat admissions anxiety. For example, the “Exasperated Parent Definition” of ACT (American College Test) is “Another Challenging Task.” Also, Berk writes about how parents can wield bribery like a sword when it comes to completing applications: “The barter system (a toned-down version of a threat) can be quite effective. A draft essay for the car keys might be a fair trade.”
While the book is aimed at parents, prospective college students can also gain something, including tips about how to write resumes (“Keep it to one page”) and what to do before a road trip to a prospective school (“Take a virtual tour,” “Jot down questions,” “Lower expectations”).
Here’s the cool news: College Prowler will be randomly giving away this book to five people who comment on this post. Just remember to leave your email address in the post so we can contact you if you win! Good luck! And happy college hunting!