A debut guide offers advice about the college admissions process.
The college admissions odyssey in recent years has become so intensely, overwhelmingly competitive that it’s turned into a source of stress for parents as well as aspiring young applicants. There are so many variables, and at times it seems like every one of them is crucial to getting accepted at the first-choice dream school. It’s probably no surprise, then, that a lively discussion exists online, including, of course, on Reddit: the r/ApplyingToCollege subreddit, where young people and their parents ask some of the multitudes of questions they encounter along the way. Caplan has long called herself “AdmissionsMom” on that subreddit, and in this book, she seeks to “smooth those admissions-ruffled feathers and help many of you relax about your college admissions journey.” The author was a teacher for 30 years before opening a private college counseling practice. In these pages, she dispenses advice on such subjects as preparing for college interviews, dealing with admissions-process anxiety, visiting campuses, handling rejection, and living in the limbo of being wait-listed or having your admission deferred. “Colleges want to see who you are and what you have to offer,” Caplan writes, and she delivers clear, detailed tips on how to deal with that process while emphasizing mental health. “Learn more about meditation, mindfulness, or yoga,” she advises. “Get outside and walk or run. Listen to music.” But she’s also tough and realistic, laying out facts about the hypercompetitive world she’s describing. “In the end,” she writes, “there are far more students with fantastic test scores applying to the most highly selective schools than there are spots.” Parents also get plenty of useful counsel, such as this tidbit about financial aid forms: “It’s crucial to turn the CSS Profile and the FAFSA in on time. Please don’t get lazy with that stuff.”
A one-stop manual for the college admissions world; essential reading for everybody from high school juniors to military veterans.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)