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Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be Audiobook

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

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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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    deborah Saint Paul, MN, United States 04-11-15
    deborah Saint Paul, MN, United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I now have excitement about the college search"

    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.

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    Brandt Marshall 09-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A book that reinforces it's premise to exhaustion"

    I struggled to finish this book, due to a premise that getting to an Ivy League School won't ruin your life. The author spent too many chapters detailing how worked up upper middle class gets about their kids not getting to the right school, the admission statistics, and how other colleges pour out successful people as much as the sought after pseudo social ladder climbing Ivy league schools. I was convinced that this upper middle, costly secondary prep school students were too jacked up on entitlement from these college admission board by chapter 3. The last chapter and epilogue were well worth listening due to public opinion and a parental testimony.

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    A-ZMom California 04-27-17
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    "Excellent! Content about ASU was surprising."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be?

    What I learned about ASU was surprising and fantastic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The impact of recruiting international students at any cost with American taxpayer dollars is maddening. In addition, it is jaw dropping to learn that students are willing to do anything and say anything in their essays to get into their school of choice–sickening, really.


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    "Nailed it. Explodes myth of the super school"

    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.

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    Mr. Richard J. Pawlak Nesconset, NY United States 09-29-16
    Mr. Richard J. Pawlak Nesconset, NY United States 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    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.

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    Monica Y. Dennis 09-14-16
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    "Important for Kids"

    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.

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    Johnny Munoz Camps 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outdated reading but still helped"

    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.

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    Scott Pressly 09-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Required reading for all parents of juniors"

    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.

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    Veritas Wisconsin 08-20-15
    Veritas Wisconsin 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent advice and grounding"

    Thank you, Mr. Bruni. We appreciate all your work for this most valuable book. So does our rising high school senior.

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    John Zajaros Lakewood, Ohio 07-01-15
    John Zajaros Lakewood, Ohio 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    This should be required reading for anyone beginning the college application process! Absolutely essential listening/reading!

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