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GET REAL AND GET IN

How to Get Into the College of Your Dreams by Being Your Authentic Self

To be published on August 3, 2021

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St. Martin’s Griffin

St. Martin’s Publishing Group

On Sale: 08/03/2021

ISBN: 9781250773968

288 Pages

$17.99

An insider’s college admissions guide that teaches students to identify and harness their unique passions, stand out from the crowd, and achieve their dreams.

Getting into the right college has never been tougher. Competitive programs are admitting fewer and fewer students each year, while the Common Application has made it easy to apply to 30-40 schools in a single admissions cycle. Gen Y and Z workers are having trouble finding rewarding careers after graduating, and in the wake of the college admissions scandal, many are questioning if an ethical pathway into top-tier schools even exists.

The struggle is real. Yet most college applicants still follow the traditional wisdom on getting in, like “have a perfect SAT score” or “become the president of ten clubs.” Dr. Aviva Legatt has spent her career in higher education as a professor, counselor, and admissions officer in the Ivy League, and she wants to let students in on a secret: admissions boards are sick of seeing the same cookie-cutter applications. What were once considered best practices for “doing high school right” are now so commonplace that they have become a liability.

Get Real and Get In 
rejects these obsolete methods, teaching readers to think outside of the box and focus on what admissions officers are really looking for—young people who dare to be their most authentic selves. Through engaging, accessible, and empathetic prose, this book forms an inspirational roadmap for readers to uncover their true passions and leverage them to create applications that truly stand out from the crowd. It also features a variety of useful exercises and candid stories from many influential figures from diverse backgrounds and careers, which teach students to look beyond just getting into a “good” college and focus more actively on identifying and attaining their long-range goals.

Get Real and Get In
 is designed to ignite an essential mindset shift in students: stop trying to just “get in” and start figuring out exactly what you want from life and how to get it. Stop managing the impressions you make on admissions officers and start defying impressions. This is an essential guide to cutting through the noise of the admissions process and gaining the confidence to forge one’s own path to success—in college and beyond.

Praise for Get Real and Get In

Kalyn M, Educator (5 stars)
I wish I could make this required reading for all my anxious, college-obsessed juniors and seniors. They get so caught up in the insanity of the college admissions process and thinking they have to fit themselves into the same cookie-cutter mold as everyone else just to get into the “right” school–all without anyone ever asking or caring if a particular school is the right one for them specifically. I appreciate Dr. Legatt’s emphasis on the college having to fit the student and that being true to yourself is the best way to view the admissions process.

Full of practical advice from an admissions insider, this work will appeal to high school students, their parents, and their guidance counselors.

– Library Journal

Full of the kind of advice that college applicants crave—and every helicopter parent desperately needs.

—Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

The decisions we make around college profoundly shape our personal and professional trajectories. Aviva Legatt is a sage guide along the way, helping young people make smarter choices as they navigate their futures. Get Real and Get In is both grounding and inspiring.

—Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and author, Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out

If practical is your thing (and it's definitely mine), Dr. Legatt's book offers actionable advice to approaching college admissions with the holistic mindset that admissions officers use themselves when reviewing applications. Get Real and Get In is the gentle, yet firm reminder to you, the applicant, that success trumps name brand when selecting a school and that there's more than one way to get to where you're trying to go in life.

—Ethan Sawyer, College Essay Guy, and author, College Essay Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Aviva Legatt

 

Dr. Aviva Legatt is the Elite Admissions Expert and founder of Ivy Insight, the gold standard in college admissions consulting for undergraduate elite college applications. An in-demand leadership and college admissions speaker with a fresh perspective, Dr. Legatt has been hailed by the New York Times as a trustworthy expert on college admissions, and recognized as an expert in corporate culture and diversity as a faculty member for Coursera and the University of Pennsylvania.

For inquiries, please contact:

Angelle Barbazon, publicist

[email protected]

BUY THE BOOK

Trade Paperback

e-Book

St. Martin’s Griffin

St. Martin’s Publishing Group

On Sale: 08/03/2021

ISBN: 9781250773968

288 Pages

$17.99