Don't Stalk the Admissions Officer: How to SURVIVE the College Admissions Process Without LOSING YOUR MIND (Paperback)

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The college admissions process is:
A) Similar to gallbladder surgery without anesthesia
B) Worse than watching American Idol auditions without earplugs
C) Soul-destroying, ego-crushing, and life-sucking
D) Actually kind of funny when you think about it
E) All of the above

There's no denying it: Applying to college is a grueling journey just shy of cruel and unusual punishment. But that doesn't mean you can't laugh along the way. If college is on your horizon, Don't Stalk the Admissions Officer shows you how to ace the tricky application process--while maintaining your sense of humor and sanity. Former pre-admissions counselor Risa Lewak empowers you to craft a killer essay, choose between the SAT and ACT, score stellar recommendations, nail the interview, handle overly involved parents, and more. You'll also learn how to navigate crucial post-application issues, like financial aid, rejection, and deciding whether to take a year off. Packed with insider tips, helpful suggestions, and laugh-out-loud anecdotes, this savvy handbook gives you the know-how and confidence to conquer this stressful rite of passage . . . and minimize nervous breakdowns.

About the Author

A former pre-admissions counselor and recruiter at Hunter College, RISA LEWAK, MSEd, leads workshops to help prospective college students and their parents minimize the stress of the application process. She is an alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania, a frequent speaker at high schools and college fairs, and a regular contributor to popular college prep websites, including and

Praise For…

“[it] will make other college prep books jealous of their smarter, cooler sister.”
—USA Today College: The Blog, 9/17/10

“a playful new book about the college search...that yielded some good, fresh advice.”
—Jay Mathews,’s “Admissions 101” blog

“An insightful, entertaining, and fun read. The anecdotes and quizzes help make the college admissions process a little less stressful.”
—Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of and

“In this refreshing guide, Risa Lewak offers some great advice wrapped up in the humor of it all; the perfect antidote to the insanity.”
—Marilee Jones, former dean of admissions at MIT

“This well-paced read provides sane, reasonable ways for applicants to communicate effectively, remain authentic, and work with their advocates.”
—Bruce Poch, dean of admissions at Pomona College

Product Details
ISBN: 9781580080606
ISBN-10: 158008060X
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: July 13th, 2010
Pages: 197
Language: English