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How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into…

by Cal Newport

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This book presents an alternative way of standing out for college admissions. It advocates standing out by striving for unique achievements instead of relying upon an overloaded schedule with the same classes and activities that everyone else does. There is not a lot of information about study skills, but rather strategies for becoming the most interesting college candidate that you can be. ( )
  michaelwlind | Sep 5, 2011 |
The college application process is possibly the most stressful time a high schooler and their parents will go through especially if applying to any of the top tier colleges. Cal Newport has delivered the definitive playbook on how to make that process less stressful AND make the student stand out form the masses. He shows how to use the three laws of underscheduling, focus and innovation to cultivate the quality he calls "interestingness" - the magic ingredient that will have colleges clamoring to admit that student into their schools. Using a mix of scientific studies, personal experience (he graduated from Dartmouth), and case studies, Newport gives you the "why" and "how" to make a student exceptional above and beyond grades and test scores. The readers who would most benefit from this book would be the ones at the beginning of their high school experience but even my child, a senior, found a wealth of information she could use (I probably would have skipped this book entirely had the title not been so intriguing). I, as a parent, appreciated the fact that I could have saved a small fortune in college prep programs that promised but most likely won't deliver. Turns out that the things that make a student more interesting and competitive don't necessarily cost a lot. This is all information that high school counselors and other parents won't tell you (unless, of course, they have also read this book).

Excellent book, fun to read and highly recommended. It deserved a five star rating but lost half a star due to no index (something that would have been extremely helpful). Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this book. ( )
  buchowl | Aug 22, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767932587, Paperback)

Do Less, Live More, Get Accepted
What if getting into your reach schools didn’t require four years of excessive A.P.-taking, overwhelming activity schedules, and constant stress?
In How to Be a High School Superstar, Cal Newport explores the world of relaxed superstars—students who scored spots at the nation’s top colleges by leading uncluttered, low stress, and authentic lives. Drawing from extensive interviews and cutting-edge science, Newport explains the surprising truths behind these superstars’ mixture of happiness and admissions success, including:
·        Why doing less is the foundation for becoming more impressive.
·        Why demonstrating passion is meaningless, but being interesting is crucial.
·        Why accomplishments that are hard to explain are better than accomplishments that are hard to do.
These insights are accompanied by step-by-step instructions to help any student adopt the relaxed superstar lifestyle—proving that getting into college doesn’t have to be a chore to survive, but instead can be the reward for living a genuinely interesting life.

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The author of How to Win at College outlines counterintuitive strategies for gaining acceptance into a college of choice while reducing stress levels, offering recommendations for focusing one's efforts and prioritizing goals.

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