This book is your first defense against the overly competitive and anxiety laden process of trying to get into (and maybe failing) the college you think you’re supposed to be at. Reassuringly, Frank Bruni defends the fact that what college your child ends up attending is anything but the sole determining factor in what kind of successful future they will have.
Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
Bruni, a bestselling 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.