The Golden Ticket: A Life in College Admissions Essays (Paperback)

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Palo Alto, California, is home to stratospheric real estate prices and equally high expectations, a place where everyone has to be good at something and where success is often defined by the name of a prestigious college on the back of a late-model luxury car. It's also the place where Irena Smith--Soviet migr , PhD in comparative literature, former Stanford admission reader--works as a private college counselor to some of the country's most ambitious and tightly wound students . . . even as, at home, her own children unravel.

Narrated as a series of responses to college application essay prompts, The Golden Ticket combines sharp social commentary, family history, and the lessons of great (and not so great) literature to offer a broader, more generous vision of what it means to succeed.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781647424640
ISBN-10: 164742464X
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: April 18th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English