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Título: Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An ...
Editorial: Grand Central
Año de publicación: 2015
Condición del libro: New
Condición de la sobrecubierta: New
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: 1st Edition
Brand new, unread copy of first edition, third printing. Signed by author on title page. Mint condition. N° de ref. de la librería B248B
Year after year, high school seniors open rejection letters that destroy their confidence and lead them to believe they have failed at one of life's most critical junctures, a process that has hijacked so many American households with college-bound kids. While there are countless books teaching people how to get into and identify the colleges of their dreams, there's a deep need for dialogue questioning the intensity of those dreams, emphasizing that the college admissions moment isn't the most important in a lifetime, illustrating that college is what a student makes of it, and exhorting people to look at it in a different, less status-oriented way.
Expanding on an April 2014 column titled "Our Crazy College Crossroads"--which went viral, generated tons of emails to Bruni, and topped the "Most Viewed" and "Most Emailed" categories at the NYT for days-- WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE is the manifesto that puts the college admissions process into desperately needed perspective. It not only dissects the limited meaning of a rigged and sometimes random admissions process, it also discusses many of the hugely successful Americans who didn't go to Ivy League schools. It sketches profiles of kids who were denied their dream colleges but found that the schools they ended up at were perfect for them and makes the case that the attitude with which a student approaches college matters more than the college itself. It presents data and expert opinions that question the advantages of diplomas from Ivys and their ilk and looks at the abundance of fantastic schools--and fantastic programs--outside the few dozen elite institutions that parents focus relentlessly on. All the while, it weaves in larger life lessons--that setbacks can be springboards; that the wisest course isn't always the most obvious one--that makes this a corrective and a balm not just for all high school graduates eying the horizon.
WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE serves as a thought-provoking antidote, land impassioned rallying cry and a poignant retort to aspirational thinking.
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no.
That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE, Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
Bruni, a bestselling author and a columnist for the New York Times, shows that the Ivy League has no monopoly on corner offices, governors' mansions, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants. Through statistics, surveys, and the stories of hugely successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools, he demonstrates that many kinds of colleges-large public universities, tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards. And he illuminates how to make the most of them. What matters in the end are a student's efforts in and out of the classroom, not the gleam of his or her diploma.
Where you go isn't who you'll be. Americans need to hear that-and this indispensable manifesto says it with eloquence and respect for the real promise of higher education.
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