A is for Admission: Review and Giveaway

Some of you may or may not know that I am a reformed text book junkie. For the last few years I had been hooked on my text books for college. One of the many downfalls of obtaining a degree is the endless reading of boring text.

Hatchette Books reformed me and I am happy to say they started my rehab off of text books quite well with The Twilight Saga and of course Bound To Please (which was HOT HOT HOT).

I was happy when they contacted me to broaden my reading horizons with this HIGHLY informative book by Michele Hernandez, “A is for Admission” (1999).

I will tell you that this book is a must have for any parent with any aged child. I wish this book was published when I was applying to colleges some-teen years ago after I graduated high school. My dream was to attend an Ivy League college. I am, and was, an academic snob in that sense. I wanted the best education possible, but I could not afford the tuition prices that accompany the Ivy League education status. Some kids, and most parents, want the best for their child and an Ivy League education is on the list of wants but cannot always have as the stigma of you have to have money or know someone or be someone to get into an Ivy League school. Michele helps to share the dirty truths on Ivy League admissions.
Here is the skinny on A is for Admission:

About Author

Michele A. Hernandez graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1989. She served as an assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College from 1992 to 1997. Currently, she is the president of Hernandez College Consulting LLC, one of the nation’s leading firms on helping students gain admission into top colleges.
Description
For generations, the admissions process of the Ivy League schools has been cloaked in mystery and myth. Now, a former admissions officer at Dartmouth College reveals how the most selective schools make their decisions.

Now I started reading this and at first I was thinking okay this will just be a tutorial and guide of how to apply to an Ivy League school. WRONG!! This is your ultimate walk-through guide, Bible, and handbook for insider secrets to the admissions process to some of the most ELITE schools. You know them, Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, to name a few. Like I said, I wish I had this for myself when I was looking to apply to colleges some-odd-teen years ago.
Michele details the process in the beginning of the book drawing the no name face of the admissions staff. A Hodgepodge if you will of Ivy League grads and “Average Joe’s (Jane’s)” skimming through piles and piles of over glorified or under-reviewed applications from the most prestigious families whose children have never gone without, to those families who are barely getting by, but the applicant is the diamond in the rough.
The author, Michele Hernandez, goes on to share the intricate details from the moment your child begins their educational career. Not to push your child too hard, but keep them on the brink of “Challenge” so that they strive harder for themselves, to work towards that not so lofty goal, of a college education, that everyone can attend university and an Ivy League at that.
I resonated with this book so much not only as a college graduate myself, but because I was academically gifted and financially challenged which made an Ivy League dream impossible, or so I thought. After reading A is for Admission I have promising dreams now for my own children to go after that dream of an Ivy League education, that they too can meet their goals and fulfill their dreams.
If you are like me and want to know the insiders secrets to applying and being accepted to an Ivy League college your buck stops here because Hatchette Books and I are giving away FIVE (5), yes FIVE, copies of A is for Admission to The Five Fish readers. Get a sneak peek of inside of the book too over @ Hatchette.

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Now I for one busted my own hump to finish my undergrad with kids, pregnant, working, the whole bit. So I want to hear YOUR story of a college dream and or the college dream for your kids. Leaving me this comment is the FIRST along with your VALID email address as a must to be entered to win one of the five(5) copies.
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Meet the Author

Karie Herring

Karie Herring rambles of a former life in Phoenix, AZ while raising a teen and tween twins in their new home in Orlando, FL. She has been featured in AOL Money & Finance, Betty Confidential and Career School Now. She's a full-time technical writer, functional fitness athlete, overachieving wife and mom. She loves talking about maneuvering motherhood, womanhood, and her passion for essential oils and natural living.

14 comments… add one
  • MamaOtwins+1 Sep 29, 2009, 3:17 pm

    Putting twins through college – that is a dream in and of itself. My hubby didn't go to college but is determined that they will go – luckily we have a few more years to save up.

  • MamaOtwins+1 Sep 29, 2009, 3:17 pm

    I follow you

  • MamaOtwins+1 Sep 29, 2009, 3:17 pm

    I am already a fan on facebook!

  • Helen McGinn Sep 29, 2009, 7:39 pm

    Stopped by from SITS…can't wait to read more! x

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  • Alice H Sep 29, 2009, 10:41 pm

    I'd love for my son to go to any school of his choice – but with money the way it is I'm not going to pressure him too much! I just don't want to limit him. Its hard! But luckily its a few years away. Thanks for the chance! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

  • Alice H Sep 29, 2009, 10:42 pm

    I follow your blog – alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

  • Alice H Sep 29, 2009, 10:42 pm

    I follow on twitter – I'm alicedemske – thanks! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

  • Heather Sep 30, 2009, 2:23 am

    Right now – I am at a stand still – I have my bachelors but want to get my Masters – but have to get a good job first to afford going back to school…
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  • Nancy Sep 30, 2009, 2:10 pm

    My daughter is a college senior and is interested in attending an Ivy League college for gradute school.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  • Nancy Sep 30, 2009, 2:10 pm

    I follow via Google Friends.

    Nancy
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  • Bingo Oct 10, 2009, 9:42 pm

    I lived my dream of college for my child already and it continues. He went to his first choice, Carnegie Mellon University, and it has been the best investment as he is a wonderful young man, married, soon to be a dad and a great family man who is wonderful to his dad and me. My next dream would be that a healthy baby is born so we can start his/her college fund! Thanks for the chance at this book!

    kdhaney (AT) gmail (dot) com

  • Bingo Oct 10, 2009, 9:42 pm

    I am also a follower,

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  • Bingo Oct 10, 2009, 9:46 pm

    I faved your blog on technorati

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