Don't Apply to the Same Colleges As Everyone Else
by Lee Bierer
The build-up was big, but boy, did he deliver. Robert Franek,
Senior Vice President/Publisher at Princeton Review and author of “The
Best 376 Colleges” and “The Best Value Colleges,” was recently a guest
speaker at Myers Park High School in Charlotte. (Full disclosure: I sit
on the Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board.)
Notices of his upcoming presentation started appearing months
ago. Interested students and families were asked to register online to
reserve seats. Vicki Brunnick, counselor and scholarship coordinator at
Myers Park, met him in February at a professional conference in Virginia
and extended the invitation.
Franek is nothing if not informative, interactive, energetic and
entertaining. He began with two simple facts: 1) it’s never been harder
to get into college and 2) it’s never been easier to get into college.
He got everyone involved from the get-go. “Who here is concerned
about getting into a good college?” All hands were are raised. “Who has
fear or anxiety about the college admissions process?” All hands
remained up. He suggested that everyone take a deep breath and he went
on. “We’re all scared.”
In the Princeton Review “Hopes and Dreams” survey, everyone was
united in their fear. According to the survey, the No. 1 worry for
students is that they will get into the school of their choice but
won’t be able to afford it.
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