Don’t Stalk the Admissions Officer

Paperback $13.99

Jul 13, 2010 | 208 Pages

Ebook $11.99

Jul 13, 2010 | 208 Pages

  • Paperback $13.99

    Jul 13, 2010 | 208 Pages

  • Ebook $11.99

    Jul 13, 2010 | 208 Pages


“[it] will make other college prep books jealous of their smarter, cooler sister.”
—USA Today College: The Blog, 9/17/10

“a playful new book about the college search…that yielded some good, fresh advice.”
—Jay Mathews,’s “Admissions 101” blog

“An insightful, entertaining, and fun read. The anecdotes and quizzes help make the college admissions process a little less stressful.”
—Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of and

“In this refreshing guide, Risa Lewak offers some great advice wrapped up in the humor of it all; the perfect antidote to the insanity.”
—Marilee Jones, former dean of admissions at MIT

“This well-paced read provides sane, reasonable ways for applicants to communicate effectively, remain authentic, and work with their advocates.”
—Bruce Poch, dean of admissions at Pomona College

Table Of Contents

Acknowledgments   vii
Introduction    viii

Part one
Enjoy High School Now, Avoid Therapy Later
Chapter 1
Overachiever and Loser Have the Same Latin Root   2
Chapter 2   
Why Spend the Summer Meditating with Monks When You Could Be Working on Your Tan?   17
Part two
Hot Sweats, Cold Sweats, and Difficulty Breathing—Either You’re Applying to College or You Have Malaria
Chapter 3   
Finding the Right Fit: Why College Isn’t a Pair of Levis   22
Chapter 4   
Guidance Counselors Must Have Done Something Very Bad in a Former Life   39
Chapter 5   
The SAT Versus the ACT: Which Is More Evil?   54
Chapter 6   
Surviving the College Tour: Please God, Not Another Library   73
Chapter 7   
When to Tell Your Parents It’s Time to Start Seeing Other Children   82
Chapter 8   
The Art of Asking and/or Threatening Teachers for a Good Recommendation   96
Chapter 9   
Writing the Essay: The Line Between Good and Bad Is Thinner Than You Think   106
Chapter 10 
The College Interview: Fourteen Ways Not to Screw It Up   126
Chapter 11 
Things That Annoy Admissions Officers   136
Chapter 12 
How to Pass the Time While You’re Waiting to Hear   144
Part three
The Envelope Arrives: Whatever Happens, Don’t Take It Out on the Mailman
Chapter 13 
Without Rejection, There’d Be No Ben & Jerry’s   152
Chapter 14 
How to Choose the Right School (They All Look Good in Brochures)   161
Chapter 15 
Paying for College Without Getting Arrested  170
Chapter 16 
Taking a Gap Year: Should You Put Off Renaissance Poetry to Explore Italy on a Vespa?   184
Whether It’s Fat or Thin, an Envelope Will Not Change Your Life   191
Index   194
About the Author   198

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