About the Book

If you are a student or the parent of a student who is applying to college in these uncertain times, hold on to your hat! It can feel like you are stepping on to a giant amusement park roller coaster that takes you through stomach-churning gyrations before mercifully ending! In this unique book, Barbara Long, M.D., Ph.D., takes on the roller coaster emotions of this process. As a mother who has marshaled two children through this process, she has first-hand experience of how parents and students feel as they go through the application cycle. In addition, Dr. Long is a Board-certified psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience working with students and families professionally and as a volunteer and interviewer for Harvard College, who, in 2009, awarded her a Hiram Hunn Award for her service. Bringing together her personal, vocational, and volunteer experience in this book, she shares her expertise on how to handle the intense emotions involved in the college admissions process. In fact, whether your child is applying to college or to an earlier "feeder school," the emotions you will face are the same. This book for parents and students teaches the skills to handle the emotions of this stressful experience by helping you to understand: (1) What happens in the five emotional stages of the process; (2) How uncertainty intensifies the emotions; (3) How you can develop the resilience you need to cope with the process without counterproductive behavioral or emotional reactions. You will learn about Affect Theory as background to understanding human emotions. You will also read true stories of how others responded when they went on this "ride" before!"

By Barbara Long, M.D., Ph.D.
Cartoons by Harrison Parker
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