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Friday, September 4, 2009

A is for Another Great Giveaway from Hachette!

A is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the Ivy League and Other Top Colleges
by Michele A. Hernandez, EdD

Plenty of college admission guides promise to help students crack the Ivy League, but few of these have detailed knowledge to back up their advice. Michele Hernandez, on the other hand, is the ultimate insider. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College, she also worked as Dartmouth's assistant director of admissions for four years. In A Is for Admissions, Hernandez describes the step-by-step process Ivy League schools use to evaluate an application. Along the way she settles some ancient debates, including the comparative importance of SATs versus high-school grades, public versus private high schools, and extracurricular activities versus part-time employment. She evaluates every possible factor affecting chances for admission, including special categories of students such as recruited athletes, minority applicants, and legacies. Most dramatically, Hernandez reveals the precise mathematical formula used by admissions officers to rank applicants. Using her guidelines, readers can calculate their own AI (Academic Index) and--should their scores come up short--learn ways to compensate in other areas.

Refreshingly, Hernandez helps would-be Ivy Leaguers keep their goals in perspective. She strongly advises against "grade grubbing" or "working for the grade." If you think attending a top college is the key to success, Hernandez cautions that the Ivies may not be for you. "If your goal is to make money, but you don't enjoy studying or reading, don't waste your time by trying to get into an Ivy League or highly selective college.... The beauty of an Ivy League/highly selective education lies in the intellectual atmosphere.... It does not lie in the prestige of having a diploma from Princeton or Dartmouth on your wall." Levelheaded and clearly written, A Is for Admission is the perfect guide for the student (or parent) who has his eyes set on the stars. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. (Amazon.com Review)

Rules for the giveaway:
  1. Five copies to giveaway.
  2. Open only to U.S. and Canada.
  3. No PO Boxes
  4. All entries can be in one comment.
  5. +1 Must leave email address in comment.
  6. +2 if you are a new or old follower - but please let me know. How ever you follow - all will count for 2 entries (Twitter, Facebook, Google, Feed Reader, Email, etc, etc, etc)
  7. +3 if you post this on any social network LEAVE A LINK TO GET BACK TO THIS POST OR IT WILL NOT COUNT - If you post on Twitter - please use @kherbrand. Go Crazy! No Limits on Entries!
  8. +3 for referrals of NEW followers - if you already follow, you will not get entries for saying someone referred you - you can however get entries for referring new people...
  9. Giveaway ends on Sept 25th.


Renee said...

Having 4 more going off to college, I'd be interested in reading this book....I'm a follower.


Bingo said...

I'd like a shot at this one, for sure. I am a GOOGLE Friend Connects follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

cqueen2 said...

this sounds great thanks

i've been following your blog on google reader

wadesherry@hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Please enter my name in your wonderful draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I am an old follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Linna said...

I'm a student and I really need this. Please count me in.

+1 linna.hsu at gmail dot com

+2 old follower

Sheila Deeth said...

Sounds an excellent book, but don't include me in the giveaway as my youngest has already gone.

enyl said...

Since the role of Academic Counselor has been eliminated in many public schools, we teachers find ourselves attempting to fullfill that role. This book would go along way in helping us to guide our most promising student.

I'm an e-mail follower.
I'm a google follower.


hippmom said...

Having a daughter who has visions of Harvard - this looks like a book for me! Thansk for the great giveaway. I am an email follower!

angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this to assist my students, and then share it in the college office.


+1 email address
+2 new subscriber

Beth said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

I'm a follower.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Dawn M. said...

I have a nephew that will be going off to college in a few years. Would love to win this for him. Count me in, please! :0)

I subscribe with google reader.

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Sandra K321 said...

I have a senior who's looking at schools like MIT and another one to follow in 2 years. This would be useful.

I already follow your blog.

Debs Desk said...

+1 Please include me in your giveaway.
+2 follower
+2 Follower on Twitter

jpetroroy said...

Sounds so intriguing.
jpetroroy (at) gmail (dot) com

+2 I'm a follower

+3 I posted on twitter http://twitter.com/jpetroroy/status/3824249111

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

My kids are too young for me to even THINK about college. No need to enter me.

Thanks for the e-mail, though. You know I love it!

This is up at Win a Book.

Bev said...

Count me in too - thanks for the chance to win : D


Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway

+2 I follow your blog

+3 posted your giveaway here http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/21536-books-needlepoint-admission-michele-hernandez-book-giveaway-sept25-canada

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Rue said...

As a volunteer high school youth leader with my church, this book would be great to pass on to some of my students.
Thanks for the chance to win!
ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I'd LOVE to win this book and help my sister. Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

Aliya D.

Cherie J said...

Would like to be entered in the giveaway for this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


I am a new Google follower.

Andrea said...

Please enter me

etirv said...

Very timely and useful book! Count me in !

+2 Already follow!


Nancye said...

Please disregard my last post. I hit send before I could add the rest of the entries.

+1 Perfect time for this book. My son is in high school and college will be here soon enough.

+2 Follower (fairly new)

+3 Tweet


nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

renee said...

Please enter me
I'm just became a follower
reneetaylor at sympativo dot ca

cherdon said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. I am very interested in reading this book. Thanks.

+1 cherdon@sympatico.ca
+2 I am a new follower
+2 I follow you on twitter
username is iamcherdon
+2 I subscribe via email
+2 I subscribe via google reader
+3 tweet
+3 Posted this giveaway on facebook
username is cheryl hodgkins
url to post


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