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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Getting In. . . to College

101 True Stories from Kids Who Have Lived Through It

Applying to colleges is stressful, and teens will appreciate reading these stories from other kids who been through it and understand the anxiety and uncertainty of the process.

Colleges are deluged with applications and the college application process has become traumatic and all-consuming. In this portable “support group” for high school students, kids share their stories of:

  • SAT and ACT testing madness
  • parental pressure — and support
  • stress and the need to “have a life”
  • road trips, interviews, and auditions
  • disappointments and silver linings
  • gap years and other alternative paths to higher education
  • not getting in anywhere
  • and all the other facets of the college application process!

Photograph by Derek Smith

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Photograph by Susan Morrow

Amy Newmark is author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.

"Admissions how-to books abound, yet Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Getting In...to College reminds us that the best counsel of all comes from reading the real stories of those who have known first-hand the anxiety and uncertainty of the college application process. This reassuring collection shows high school students and their parents that there is no single right approach or perfect school and that it's the "who" that counts the most, not⠭ the⠭ 'how'...or⠭ 'where.'" -- Sally Rubenstone, Senior Advisor, College Confidential (collegeconfidential.com)

"Finally, a resource that focuses on the process and experience of applying to college instead of on how to get in. Authentic, emotive, and entertaining -- a necessary read for all college bound students." -- Ryan Chang, Founder & CEO, Ivy Consulting Group

"What a valuable addition to that big stack of SAT, ACT, and college guides! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Getting In... to College really puts the whole college application process in perspective. Insight can make the unknown a very fun and rewarding experience, and that's exactly what this book will give you." -- Kent Healy, co-author of The Success Principles for Teens and "Cool Stuff" They Should Teach In School