College Admission Process

These books are useful for both parents and their children to help in navigating the high school years and the college application process.

How to Be a High School Superstar:
A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out
(Without Burning Out)
– Cal Newport

The Overachievers:
The Secret Lives of Driven Kids
– Alexandra Robbins

The Complete Guide to the Gap Year:
The Best Things to Do Between High School and College
– Kristin M. White

The New Psychology of Success
– Carol Dweck

Colleges That Change Lives
– Loren Pope

Admission Matters:
What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College
– Springer, Reider and Franck

Making College Count:
A Real World Look at How to Succeed in and After College
– Patrick S. O’Brien

The Naked Roommate:
And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College
– Harlan Cohen


This is an indicative list of some classics that every high school student should read.

1984 – George Orwell
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Great Gatsby – Scott Fitzgerald
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – JRR Tolkien
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
The War of the Worlds – HG Wells
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe

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