Professional admissions counselor and best-selling author, Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz has helped thousands of high school students navigate their way through the often stressful and confusing college application process. Her newest book, adMISSION POSSIBLE®: The "Dare to Be Yourself" Guide for Getting Into the Best College for You will help untold others.
Having gone through the application process with her own children, Marjorie knows full well what it's like to face the challenges of college admissions. As she began to work with other students, they told her how dense, boring, and "textbooky" admissions books were. Marjorie also noticed the lack of resources that told students exactly what to do and say to be admissions-ready from freshman through senior years. So she decided to offer an alternative that was colorful, a pleasure to read and would truly help students be themselves, find schools that fit them, and complete applications that stand out from the crowd.
The result is adMISSION POSSIBLE, a book that offers easy-to-follow directions, timelines and real-life examples for every stage of the admissions process. Using her twenty years of experience, Marjorie shows students how to submit applications that "are just a little bit different and just a little bit better" than the competition's. She says that the best way of doing that is for students "dare to be themselves" as they complete applications - especially essays - rather than write what they think admissions officers want to hear. As students read Marjorie's words, they feel much less overwhelmed and scared about applying to college.
After earning a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Stanford University, Marjorie became the Orientation Officer for the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she assisted students from Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific adjust to the US educational system. Later, she returned to Stanford University as a member of the Dean of Students Office, which is where her passion for helping students first began.
Marjorie then went on to direct the Re-Entry Program for returning adult students at the University of California, San Diego and co-authored the McGraw-Hill book, So You Want to Go Back to School. After she had children, Marjorie spent twelve years as a trustee for a school in San Diego, California and served on the Stanford University Parent's Board. She received the Outstanding Achievement Award for her work on behalf of that university. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Marjorie is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. She is a selected columnist for the Unigo Expert Network column that can be seen in the Wall Street Journal on Campus, The Huffington Post, and Seventeen Magazine.
Marjorie is also the author of the best-selling books, The Confident Woman (Harmony/Random House) and The Superwoman Syndrome (Warner Books). As such, she appeared on many national radio and television programs,including "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the "NBC White Paper on Women, Work and Babies." Articles about her work have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Vogue, Prevention and Self.
Marjorie founded adMISSION POSSIBLE® in 1996 and in 2007 created www.admissionpossible.com, a free college admissions website that offers additional college admissions information and advice.
EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information about adMISSION POSSIBLE®, or to arrange an interview with Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at (212) 966-0024.