College Admissions Together

It Takes a Family

Steven Roy Goodman, Andrea Leiman

Date Published :
September 2007
Publisher :
Capital Books
Series :
Capital Ideas
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781933102542

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College Admissions Together is more than a practical how to get into college book, though it does explain key aspects of today's college admissions process for both parents and students. It is also a guide to healthy family relationships during the college admissions process. This invaluable book looks at the often stressful process of finding the right college for your child not as an ordeal but as an opportunity to bond as a family and to give your child safe passage to adulthood as he or she determines which colleges are the best fit. In College Admissions Together, educational consultant Steve Goodman and family psychologist Andrea Leiman help parents recognize that what makes the college admissions process a potential danger zone for families is the combination of the teen's growing independence and the parent's need to help him or her make critical decisions for the future. They answer difficult questions like how to stay involved in the process while allowing your child to make more choices. They help you put the college admissions process into the context of your child's passage to adulthood and understand what he or she is feeling and facing as your child makes the decision of where to go next. Using Goodman and Leiman's advice, tips, and exercises, the college admissions process will lead to a greater appreciation of each other and mutually rewarding family relationships that last a lifetime. College Admissions Together serves families, counselors, teachers, and others as an essential resource during a stressful time in most families' lives. "In academic planning, your son should meet with a guidance counselor early to map out his next four years, to make sure courses required by colleges are taken in sequence. ...One book that may help: College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family, by Steven Roy Goodman and Andrea Leiman." --Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2009

About The Author

Steven Roy Goodman, MS, JD, is an international authority on college and graduate school admissions. Over the past eighteen years, he has designed admissions strategies for more than 1,500 applicants to colleges, graduate programs, and business, law, and medical schools. Steve Goodman has spoken at the White House, the 92nd Street Y, and the World Bank and has been cited in many national and regional media outlets including the annual college editions of the Atlantic and U.S. News and World Report, as well as on ABC, CNN, and even TV Asahi in Japan. Steve lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and daughter.


New Guide Eases Families through College Admissions - Perhaps no change in the family dynamic is more dramatic than sending a child out into the world. To help ease the passage of families with high school students seeking entry to higher education, Bethesda clinical psychologist Andrea Leiman co-wrote the new book College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family. …What sets College Admissions Together apart from some college entrance guides is its discussion of family conflicts and how to avoid them. ‘This book really addresses the emotional and family dynamic issues,' Leiman says. ‘This tells how to launch children happily.'

- (Maryland Community Newspapers online), September 2007

Getting your daughter engaged in the process is crucial, not only to selecting a college but to her success thereafter. Take time to reflect on your objectives, says Steven Roy Goodman, a Washington, D.C., educational consultant and co-author of College Admissions Together, a book on the family dynamics of this process. Are you focused on her attending a well-known school, or one that's the best fit? Your daughter may fear being less successful than her brother, taking 'the path of the underachiever,' says Mr. Goodman's co-author, Andrea Leiman, a clinical psychologist. 'That is, if I don't try and I fail, I don't have to feel bad -- where if I try and then don't succeed, I will feel like a failure,' Dr. Leiman says. Try gently to engage her in a discussion about 'what interests her. Does she have any idea of a possible career path?

- Sue Shellenbargr, Wall Street Journal, March 2008

Aimed at parents, but clearly for the entire family, the book presents the journey through high school and the trainsition to college as a family matter to be shared...In each chapter the embedded strategies are well interwoven with the discussion about college admission. One could almos approach the book as an extended interactional 'game' designed to promote family harmony, with college admission being merely the topic that gives the exercise meaning!

- David Denman, Midwest Book Review, April 2008

How to bear stresses of college admissions … College Admissions Together examines the college-hunting process not as an ordeal--but rather as anunexpected opportunity to bond as a family. At a recent book signing at Politics & Prose, Goodman and Leiman shared nuggets of wisdom from their book to an audience comprised of anxious parents and a smattering of curious educators.

- Northwest Current, March 2008

Any family that has experienced the college application process knows how stressful and nerve-wracking this time can be. …Goodman, an educational consultant, and Leiman, a clinical psychologist and professor, offer advice on connecting as a family and involving parents, while at the same time allowing each student to make independent decisions.

- Duke Magazine, February 2008

Depth beats breadth. While it might seem impressive to join six clubs and volunteer at a soup kitchen in your senior year, admissions officers can see through such a ploy. Besides, it's unnecessary, says Steven Roy Goodman, a Washington, DC educational consultant and the coauthor of College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family. ‘It's important to be well lopsided rather than well rounded. That enables you to focus on what you're good at.'

- US News & World Report, August 2008

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