May 3, 2012
Chicago Tribune Special Teen Section, The Mash.
'adMISSION POSSIBLE' makes college process less intimidating
By Jessenia Martinez, Benito Juarez
There are many books out there to guide you through the process of preparing for college. "Admission Possible" by Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz is a perfect match for those who want a simple explanation of the play-by-play steps with timelines and checklists to keep you on track.
Shaevitz begins with a different approach than most college prep books by talking about preparing for college academically right from the start of high school. The steps to having a successful, stress-free application process all depends on the classes, activities and internships one takes through their four years in high school, she says.
Not only is this book great for students who are preparing for college, but it's great for parents as well. "Admission Possible" has helpful hints for students and parents to take into consideration when navigating the college process. It explains different standardized tests such as the ACT, PSAT and PLAN, as well as advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and how thee things can help you.
Tip boxes are easily located on various pages and after every chapter in the book. There are also timelines within each chapter to help you know when to accomplish things on your checklist from freshman through senior year.
For example, the chapter on tests and test preparation has a list of all the standardized test students are expected to take along the way, what they cover and how you can prepare for them.
This book creates a straightforward approach to college prep and all of the things you might want to know, such as how to write a college resume, how to choose extracurricular activities, how to forge a great relationship with your high school counselor and more.
Having this book is like having your own private college admissions counselor to walk you through every little step and hold your hand.