There is an ocean of information about college admissions but no one source that satisfactorily summarizes the whole process for parents and students. Here is an admissions guide that helps applicants to understand the process and make the best use of their resources to maximize their chances for admission. Based on the authors' personal experience and knowledge gained over an eight-year period, this book provides the practical tips and strategies from both the parents' and applicants' perspectives. It is an all-inclusive, user-friendly guide that condenses that ocean of information into a manageable process.
Bina Chandrasekhara, M.B.A., has dedicated most of her professional life volunteering in school and community activities such as Maryland Food Bank, where she served as chairperson and the Wicomico County Medical Alliance, where she served as president. For eight consecutive years she has been committed to her children's high school experience, dealing first-hand with the daunting, yet gratifying challenges of college admissions, in which time she has gained an enormous wealth of knowledge about the intricacies of the admissions process. Vinay Chandrasekhara is a medical student at the University of Virginia, where he serves as the vice-president of his class and is a member of the basic science curriculum committee. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the freshman heavyweight crew team and a volunteer at a local public elementary school; he coordinated student volunteers for the Boston Marathon and organized campus-wide service events to help the homeless. Sheila Chandrasekhara is majoring in government at Harvard College where she is an active member of the Mock Trial team and is involved in the community service program City Step, which is a program that teaches children self-expression and self-confidence through dance. She is a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award and has founded the Youth Foundation Fund in her hometown of Salisbury, Maryland, the mission of which is to help children by creating awareness of giving and by establishing and supporting organizations that promote youth betterment.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1 College Planner for Students and Parents, Grades Nine through Twelve Chapter 5 2 Standardized Tests Chapter 6 3 Advanced Placement Testing and Courses Chapter 7 4 Tips for Test Taking Chapter 8 5 Steps in Choosing a College Chapter 9 6 College Visits Chapter 10 7 The Interview Chapter 11 8 The Application Chapter 12 9 Early Decision and Early Action Chapter 13 10 Extracurricular Activities Chapter 14 11 The Essay Chapter 15 12 Recommendation Letters Chapter 16 13 The Guidance Counselor Chapter 17 14 Hiring and Independent Counselor Chapter 18 15 The Wait List Chapter 19 16 Time Management Chapter 20 Appendix: College Supply List Chapter 21 Works Cited Chapter 22 About the Authors