I can't believe I'd never found Cal Newport's blog until yesterday.
He's a Phi Beta Kappa grad from Dartmouth who also got a PhD in electrical engineering from MIT in 2009. And he's the author of a new book, How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out
But the real reason I was so happy to find his work is that he's all about showing students:
- How to live a low-stress, under-scheduled, relaxed high school lives yet still do phenomenally well in college admissions.
- How you can get into great colleges and have a successful life by simply doing fewer things, doing them better, and knowing why you're doing them
- Why it's more important in college admissions that you be interesting than it is for you to be impressive.
And even if you're one of those students who has your heart set on a
highly selective college, Cal's techniques can work for you, too. For starters, check out his post, How to Get Into Stanford with Bs on your transcript.