New Book of the Week: ‘Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania’


Many students find the college application process to be aggravating. How do you choose the school that is best for you? How much will the application cost? And then, there is the waiting for an acceptance letter to “your future.”

Students and parents often think that the school you choose to attend should be based on how it is ranked on the Best College Rankings” of the U.S. News & World Report–the school becomes a part of your “branding.” A school’s ranking is thought to determine job prospects after graduation.

Frank Bruni’s book dispels this myth. The first chapter begins with a quote from New Jersey governor, Chris Christie:

My wife really wanted to go to the University of Virginia and didn’t get in. I really wanted to go to Georgetown and didn’t get in. So we both ended up at Delaware. It was a place where all of us felt that if we worked hard, we could do well. I never felt like the school wasn’t going to give me the tools to be successful.

Christie is one of many leaders interviewed that were successful without an Ivy League education–heads of Fortune 500 companies and other government officials are also featured.

You can find a copy of Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania on the New Book Shelf in the lobby of Waterfield Library.

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