Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges -- and Find Themselves

Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges -- and Find Themselves

by David L. Marcus

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Overview

An engrossing profile of an extraordinary guidance counselor who helps kids get into the right colleges through focusing on self- awareness

Gwyeth Smith, known as Smitty, is a nationally renowned guidance counselor who believes that getting into college should be a kid's first great moment of self-discovery. In Acceptance, David L. Marcus, Pulitzer Prize-winning former education writer for U.S. News&World Report, spins an absorbing narrative of a year in the lives of Smitty and "his" kids.

At a diverse public school in Long Island, New York, Smitty works his unique magic on students' applications and their lives, helping them find the right college by figuring out who they are, rather than focusing on what their test scores, grades, and finances reflect. Loaded with advice that readers can apply to their own college searches, Acceptance is a book that thousands of students and their parents will find indispensable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101105054
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/23/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 847,411
File size: 257 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David L. Marcus is the author of What It Takes to Pull Me Through, a look at the secret lives of teenagers. He has been an education writer and foreign correspondent at U.S. News&World Report, The Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, and The Dallas Morning News, where he was the co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize. After a stint as a high school teacher, he returned to journalism as a writer for Newsday. A graduate of Brown University, Marcus was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He frequently speaks to schools, churches, and community groups about adolescence, education, and college admissions.

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Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges -- and Find Themselves 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
ennie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the nonfiction account of some students at Oyster Bay High and their counselor Gwyeth Smith, but it reads like a novel. Loved it.
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tobirph More than 1 year ago
this is a practical and helpful guide to writing college admission letters, and the timeline of the entire college application process. By telling about the experiences of a number of his students during their senior year going through the application, and financial aid process, we get to see a small snapshot of what colleges are looking for, and examples of the different types of kids students will be up against in their quest for the right college. Smitty has had tons of experience helping kids, and knows of a lot of schools the kids would never had thought about checking into. This is more relevant when it comes to Ivy league and east coast admissions, but much of the practical advice is relavant to all seniors applying for college admission.
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kdowdy More than 1 year ago
terrible book