Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be : An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
by Bruni, Frank







Introduction1(14)
Chapter 1 The Unsung Alma Maters
15(23)
Chapter 2 Throwing Darts
38(19)
Chapter 3 Obsessives at the Gate
57(23)
Chapter 4 Rankings and Wrongs
80(19)
Chapter 5 Beyond the Comfort Zone
99(15)
Chapter 6 From Tempe to Waterloo
114(21)
Chapter 7 An Elite Edge?
135(21)
Chapter 8 Strangled with Ivy
156(19)
Chapter 9 Humbled, Hungry and Flourishing
175(20)
Chapter 10 Fire Over Formula
195(12)
Epilogue207


Draws on stories of successful people who didn't attend the most exclusive schools to demonstrate that many kinds of colleges-from large public universities to tiny hideaways in the hinterlands-serve as ideal springboards into the professional world.





Frank Bruni has been an op-ed columnist for the New York Times since 2011. He previously worked as the newspaper's Rome bureau chief, Sunday magazine staff writer, one of its White House correspondents, and its chief restaurant critic. Bruni is the author of two previous bestsellers, the memoir Born Round and a chronicle of George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, Ambling into History.





*Starred Review* In Bruni's March 2014 New York Times op-ed column, "Our Crazy College Crossroads," the outspoken journalist (and author of Ambling into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush, 2002) declared that his nerve-hitting piece was "intended less as a balm for the rejected than as a reality check for a society gone nuts over the whole overheated process" of college admissions. Bruni's ardent new book has been expertly timed for a March release, the annual period when many outstanding college applicants and their parents are desperately awaiting the arrival of a scarce and coveted Ivy League ticket. Here he expands expertly on the same subject matter, aiming to debunk the alarming belief that access to higher education is a brutal, Hunger Games-style competition, where "winning" acceptance into a top-tier school is the only guarantee for future success. Through numerous examples, statistics, and insightful interviews, Bruni proves that some of today's most prominent individuals did not get where they are by attending Harvard or Yale, and that the path to adulthood can be just as fulfilling when reached by one of the many meaningful roads less traveled. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Memories of the charm and honesty of the author's 2009 memoir, Born Round, will draw readers to his new book. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.





New York Times op-ed columnist Bruni (Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater, 2009, etc.) shows why rejection by an Ivy League college need not be a disaster and may even be a blessing. The author attributes the frenzy attached to college admission to the emphasis on branding and privilege, which increasingly characterize our society as the income gap widens. All too often, admission to a top college becomes a goal in itself while the quality of a well-rounded education takes second place. There are many hurdles to be overcome, beginning as early as preschool. Prowess in sports, community service and other extracurricular activities are items for the student's resume along with high grades and test scores. Only after winning a place in an elite institution can the student afford to relax. "The sale is more important than the product," writes Bruni, who presents several cases, including his own experience, to show how being rejected by the top rung may be a blessi ng in disguise. Getting an education off the charted path can be a life-changing experience. Forced out of their comfort zones, students may become more self-reliant, more flexible and able to succeed, and they may get a better education to boot. The author takes the University of Arizona as an example. It offers a high-quality education with a faculty that includes two Nobel laureates, five Pulitzer Prize winners and more. Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions. Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.






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