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 it provokes.
Bruni, a best-selling 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.
©2015 Frank Bruni (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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This book appeared at a most opportune time as we set out on college visits. I am working with my daughter to broaden her search and expectations about prospective schools. Many exciting options if one steps back and looks at what it is you really want college to be. This book confirmed my sense that a different approach to and assessment of the schools we look at will pan out to a richer experience. I am going to relax a bit and trust it will play out well.
This book should be mandatory for the parents starting the college admissions process with their kids. Gotta push for the big name school! Right? These school offer the secret key to great job and happy life! Right? This book does not just say it not true--Bruni backs it up. Well done.
I did not finish it. The point of the book seems to be that ivy league school are way over-rated. This I already knew. I don't need an entire book to tell me that.
Writer, editor, business owner and mom
This too is what I think and what I want my own kids to understand. It requires some effort to keep your attention focused, but I enjoyed hearing about the students and former students he interviewed and their experiences. I will be sharing it with my high school-age son.
I liked the reading and how the author himself read it for us, but with the new revised version of the book paragraphs if not whole pages were missing from the reading. also numbers that were revised ended up being miss said because of the outdated reading of the book.
Reading this book can help to restore the sanity of the school application process. The unnecessary pressure created by the process today is nuts. So happy to hear a voice of reason.
Thank you, Mr. Bruni. We appreciate all your work for this most valuable book. So does our rising high school senior.
This should be required reading for anyone beginning the college application process! Absolutely essential listening/reading!
Avid listener who is always on the move.
I really enjoyed listening and reading this book. I can certainly relate to the stories in this book even after 20 years ago going through the insane process of applying for colleges. The outcomes related in Bruni's stories are what I have seen happen to peers and others who I have met. The secret to Ivies is to not attend them as undergraduates. I learned when I went to an Ivy as a graduate student that revenue derived from undergraduate tuition was really applied toward supporting research and graduate programs. At the end of the day, I was happy to have gotten a lot out of my small state university education and to walk out without debt.
The performance was good overall, although it was slightly confusing that midway through chapter 5 Frank Bruni stopped reading and some other narrator started reading the remainder of the book. I wonder why that person wasn't credited and why Bruni stopped midway.
I am certainly going to share this book with peers.
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