More on College Admissions Mania

Where You Go is Not Who You Will Be is a good book for parents to take a look at this summer as their high schoolers firm up their college lists. Frank Bruni, a New York Times columnist, helps young people and reminds parents that “where we go to college will have infinitely less bearing on our fulfillment in life than so much else: the wisdom with which we choose our romantic partners; our interactions with the communities that we inhabit; our generosity toward the families we inherit and that families that we make.”

It’s been noted that this book may mean more to parents and students who do not make it to the most select schools. It’s also a good heads-up for moms and dads whose kids are still in middle school as Bruni shares how damaging chasing after the names can be. While this may be refried beans to many, it’s a good summer read for moms and dads who are new to the college chase.

A quick personal note before a link to a broad and insightful Q&A with Bruni. Years ago, I interviewed Harry R. Lewis, who was Dean of Harvard College in 2004, and he noted what most of us know but in a way that I’ll never forget. He said that if one were to go to any 20th college reunion anywhere in the country – whether that be Harvard of Penn State – one would likely see the same percentage of divorces, same percentage of frustrated professionals, same percentage of success stories, and the same percentage of people who are in deep debt. In short, colleges don’t make people. Yale did not make George W. Bush, and Harvard did not mint Barrack Obama.

Now to Bruni’s live chat with an audience of Times Insiders, who wanted to know more about the following: Is Low Cost College – Outside the U.S. – a Good Idea? How to Find Under-the-Radar Schools? The Role Race and Gender Play? Will a New Free Platform Help Students? Is College Worth the Bother? Online Education, Why Not?

Link to Q&A