THE FRESHMAN TEN, up and coming for submission! Dystel & Goderich Literary Management -- Newsletter 67: September 2016
Check out the blurb on THE FRESHMAN TEN, up and coming for submission!
"The United States enrolls almost ten million college students in four-year institutions every year. Over six million take out loans in anticipation of earning a degree that will hopefully ensure a lifetime of stable earnings and a fulfilling career. The stakes are high. And yet only about fifty percent of those students will leave with a bachelor’s in hand six years after the first day they set foot on campus. The United States is in the midst of a college drop-out crisis. Three-time Ivy-league dean Monique Rinere tackles this disquieting reality by offering an innovative approach to the college selection and preparation process. Defining the period from receiving college acceptances and rejections to the end of the first semester as the “Freshman Ten,” Rinere articulates the main obstacles to college success and provides the questions that people should be asking their prospective schools—although the reality is that few do. Through true and, at times, disturbing anecdotes, THE FRESHMAN TEN illuminates the predictable ways she has seen dozens if not hundreds of students stumble, fall, and even fail out of Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia. It outlines concrete steps that students can take in the summer before freshman year and the first semester to ensure they can avoid these unproductive failures and rise to the challenge of college to end up on the right side of the retention statistics. THE FRESHMAN TEN is the ultimate guide for what students and their parents should know and do and includes targeted quizzes and checklists to shepherd them along each step."
UPDATE: The Freshman 10 evolved into Countdown to College and is being published in March 2019 by Ballantine Books, an imprint of PenguinRandomHouse.
For many years, as a dean at three Ivy League colleges and now as an AVP at a university with an extraordinary mission, I have had a front row seat to the obstacles to success that college students and their parents confront every year. Even at so-called elite, highly selective colleges such as Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, where I spent some of my career, students struggle on a daily basis to remain healthy, happy, grounded, and to stay in school. I am dedicated to helping them.