Lately, I've been freaking out. My son is a junior in high school and I'm feeling the pressure of trying to get him excited and interested in exploring college options and deciding where he would LOVE to spend his life for at least four years. Choosing the right fit, worrying about blundering through the applications and essays, applying and competing for scholarships and grants, figuring when to meet deadlines and all the other craziness is making my head spin! To the rescue swept in one of our remarkable Reference Librarians who has been through this grind a few times. She calmly took me by the hand and led me to our very large collection of reference books on the very subject...
One book in particular jumped out at me: Getting in Without Freaking Out, The Official College Admissions Guide for Overwhelmed Parents. Ms. Matthews has managed to write a clever, even humorous, guide to getting through one of the most stressful times we will face in raising our children. The chapters are short, to the point and amusingly witty with titles like, "Look on the Bright Side -- The System Could Actually be Worse" and "College Matchmaking -- Trophy Schools are Like Trophy Wives."
Arlene Matthew's book was exactly what I needed to settle myself down. Her style resonated with me and allowed me to laugh at myself for all the stress I have been feeling and in turn, imposing on my child. I'm just glad I read this early enough in the process so that I had time to change the path I was on and make this huge, life-changing decision a little easier, a little less intimidating, and maybe even a little more fun for the entire family.
Recommended by Donna Nichols