How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)

How to Be a High School Superstar A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out Without Burning Out Do Less Live More Get Accepted What if getting into your reach schools didn t require four years of excessive A P taking overwhelming activity schedules and constant stress In How to Be a High Sch

  • Title: How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out)
  • Author: Cal Newport
  • ISBN: 9780767932585
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • Do Less, Live More, Get Accepted What if getting into your reach schools didn t require four years of excessive A.P taking, overwhelming activity schedules, and constant stress In How to Be a High School Superstar, Cal Newport explores the world of relaxed superstars students who scored spots at the nation s top colleges by leading uncluttered, low stress, and authenticDo Less, Live More, Get Accepted What if getting into your reach schools didn t require four years of excessive A.P taking, overwhelming activity schedules, and constant stress In How to Be a High School Superstar, Cal Newport explores the world of relaxed superstars students who scored spots at the nation s top colleges by leading uncluttered, low stress, and authentic lives Drawing from extensive interviews and cutting edge science, Newport explains the surprising truths behind these superstars mixture of happiness and admissions success, including Why doing less is the foundation for becoming impressive Why demonstrating passion is meaningless, but being interesting is crucial Why accomplishments that are hard to explain are better than accomplishments that are hard to do These insights are accompanied by step by step instructions to help any student adopt the relaxed superstar lifestyle proving that getting into college doesn t have to be a chore to survive, but instead can be the reward for living a genuinely interesting life.

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    1. Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author most recently of Deep Work, a book which argues that focus is the new I.Q in the modern workplace, and So Good They Can t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long held belief that follow your passion is good advice He has also written three popular books of unconventional advice for students His ideas and writing are frequently featured in major publications and on TV and radio.

    2. I agree with the central thesis of the book: High school students are over-involved in uninteresting activities at which they are merely good, and thus they need to choose one or two genuine, innovative pursuits to bolster their college admissions chances. However, the road to the kind of achievement Newport promotes isn't available to most students for various reasons (socioeconomic status, personality preferences, etc.). Essentially, by following the map he lays out, talented, intelligent, and [...]

    3. This is one of those books where you might roll your eyes at the title and walk away. I wouldn't have been interested- I mean, we get enough of this stuff with day-to-day life around here- but someone recommended it to my husband, who recommended it to me. It was actually a refreshing take on college admissions. The author's point is that straight-A, athletically successful, volunteering, high SAT-scoring, student body presidents- or that type of student- are now a dime a dozen- and rather borin [...]

    4. The purpose of Newport’s How to Be a High School Superstar is to change the student’s perspective on high school life and college admissions. Newport gives you useful advice concerning what college admissions are impressed by and enlightens the reader regarding certain myths about college requirements. He tells the readers steps to enjoying your high school years while getting accepted into your preferred college. For example, Newport says, “(1) Pack your schedule with free time. (2) Use t [...]

    5. This book presents an interesting, innovative, and highly attractive approach to the college admissions process. Newport suggests that the trick to beating the system is to invest one's time in one main special pursuit, mastering it and thereby distinguishing oneself from other applicants. Not only does this book suggest undertaking an ambitious project that will appeal to colleges, but it also emphasizes the importance of this project over school. Students made successful through the "superstar [...]

    6. I was skeptical that someone could fill more than 200 pages explaining a concept that seemed fairly simple, but Newport packs in a lot of specific advice and examples with very little redundancy. I believe his plan is healthy and smart, but will not always lead to the amazing results in his examples. The good news (and this is something he doesn't play up very much because the book is marketed specifically to kids who have their hearts set on elite colleges) is that even if you "fail," you have [...]

    7. Brilliant. A must-read for high school students and their parents.For years, I have been aware that, in my capacity as advisor to many college-bound kids, my advice has run counter to the prevailing wisdom of many a high school guidance counselor. Eschewing the the goal of well-roundedness in favor of actual accomplishment, I have recommended that students quit high-investment, low-yield activities in favor of concentrating on developing their strengths. This well-researched little book validate [...]

    8. How to be a High School Superstar is one of Newport’s best books, hands down. I feel like I say this about every one of his books, but this is actually one of the best. I had read through all of his books already except for this one, and now, with this one finished, I am officially done with them. This book is phenomenal – it’s about more than succeeding in high school and college. In typical Newport-fashion, this book is more than what it seems to be – it’s about life, it’s about ab [...]

    9. I'm giving this to my high school cousin to help cure her "87 clubs syndrome" and generally protect against a certain masochistic and narcissistic study culture that develops among high achieving kids. Also I feel "So Good They Can't Ignore You", while written for working adults, is very good for the same high school demographic.The author Cal Newport has an amazing blog where all of this advice and more is available for free. It is good to give people nice, compact books though. They probably w [...]

    10. I can honestly say that I would never pick up, or in this case download, a book that strictly discusses the milestone of success in a student's life towards college, as relevant as it is. I am simply incapable of taking things that are entitled to an extent of terminology that includes "Superstar" and "impressiveness" However, I didn't hear about Cal through his series of books, well, in fact it wasn't even through his own blog. I am a frequent visitor to Scott Young's blog, which in some sense [...]

    11. I hear this flies in the face of conventional attitudes. I like unconventional. I loathe the rat race of overscheduling our children for practical and philosophical reasons anyway. I am very interested in giving this a read. What on reviewer had to say: "The author's point is that straight-A, athletically successful, volunteering, high SAT-scoring, student body presidents- or that type of student- are now a dime a dozen- and rather boring to college admissions officers. However, students who esc [...]

    12. Yeah of course, first of all the book title deserves the award of "Lamest title ever" BUT STOP!stop right there. A revolutionary plan? That's no joke. Really, just give it a try.Having been stuck in china for so long, I could have never even envisioned high-schoolers accomplishing such amazing things, and this book sort of unraveled everything that seemed scary at first.University still seems pretty scary, but I guess not as much as before.Well researched, well organized, and overall, very well [...]

    13. Personally, I think the "superstar" ideal isn't that realistic. It does not present itself in a way you can reach it through goal-setting and it is mostly based on chance. Sure, high school students who started a business and got a C in a class in freshman year got into great and famous colleges. That's because they started a business! A college is going to accept a student with a successful business with a C over a good student with straight A's. Not all students have the chance to start a busi [...]

    14. A must read for parents. Actually you can apply the principles in anything you are applying for! The idea is that the old model of what makes an applicant a success has changed. Colleges are less impressed with resume items that anyone can accomplish and more interested in candidates that over a long period of time achieved something unique. So the author is a big advocate of more unscheduled time to allow students to pursue opportunities from other opportunities. Maintain the high grades but cl [...]

    15. Super quick impression: I'm glad I persisted to finish this book. At first I thought it didn't have a lot to say to me or my family, because it seems geared towards those who want to go exclusively to an Ivy League school. But it's really about having a balanced and interesting life. In some ways it reminded me of "All the Money in the World" or a Laura Vanderkam book in that the overarching message is to live/spend/manage your time in a way that is meaningful to you, and you will not just be ha [...]

    16. This book (although I'm almost in my 30s) has changed the way I look at things, and the way I am going to do things in the future. I am or was a strong believer in "efforting" way into everything. And although I knew there was a better way, this book shows that working hard and not really working smart is really to your detriment. I think it's great practical advice and inspiration for anyone with an ambition. It was wonderful. Everyone should read it.

    17. The information was good, and the ideas seemed to be original. However, the presentation was really bad and the organization left much to be desired. I took notes while reading this book and was able to summarize it into a guide for future reference in less than 10 pages.

    18. very impractical. what a catch-22! This book's premise is backtracking from successful high school superstars, but its only conclusion is that you can't TRY to be a high school superstar, it has to come to you.

    19. This book is not just for high school students. It provides a framework for anyone that wants to cultivate "intresting-ness". I've previously read Cal's So Good They Can't Ignore You and that forever changed my perspective on "passion". This book is almost a precursor to SGTCIY.

    20. This was an awesome book! I think it's encouraging to high school students and it is engaging enough for a high school student such as myself to read without losing interest. Below are the main points of the novel, summarized to the best of my abilities:Part 1: The Law of Underscheduling- Relaxed superstars basically do less, but seem to do more. - Instead of pursuing many activities that you are not actually interested in (resumé padding; breadth without depth; call it what you will), and taki [...]

    21. When I first saw this book, I was skeptical. After glancing through Countdown to College 21 To-Do Lists for High School Step-By-Step Strategies for 9th 10th 11th and 12th Graders by Valerie Pierce and seeing that I'd already missed most of the steps that I needed to take, I decided that the hyper-planning approach to getting into college was not going to work for me, and this book sat on my desk for a long time. On a whim, I picked it up a couple of days ago and was pleasantly surprised to find [...]

    22. Revolutionary? Yes.Doable? EhhI agree that instead of dabbling in multiple random activities, a student should instead focus on deepening their expertise in a certain niche. Newport essentially puts forth this message and spends the rest of the book yammering on about students that have followed this method.It's more of a "make it or break it" sort of thing; either say sayonara to the AP courses, perfect GPA, club positions, excessive volunteer hours, summer programs, and whatever else Newport l [...]

    23. Not quite what I was looking for in helping my students. Interesting advice and helpful for students with certain resources.

    24. How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out) By Cal NewportThis book has no particular setting because it is not a fictional book, but one could say it takes place in modern time, as it applies to modern students. This fantastic, educational book is about how high school students can get into high-end colleges and universities without all the over- planning and stress involved in the efforts most students make. Though this may [...]

    25. 378.161097 NEWBlog: The Study Hacks Summary: This book consists of 3 parts, each part have playbook which show the steps how to do it.Part 1 underschedulingMore free time, called leisure free time to explore. Change passion for interestingness.1. Embrace student workday. Cutoff point of no work. Could increase sufficiency.2. Be organized. Things into different folders.3.QEC Question/evidence/conclusion note taking.4. Recall not reread reviewing method.5. Study habitat--. Library a good place to [...]

    26. As a high school student myself, I can truly affirm that college admissions can dictate an adolescent's life. Today's attitude is all-or-nothing when it comes to SATs, grades, and admissions- especially Ivy League admissions. While the title of How to Be a High School Superstar might send some people running away, giving thoughts of an overly pretentious book, I ended up downloading the book on my Kindle merely because I had questions about college admission strategy and study habits, and I must [...]

    27. Even though at first, the title might seem like just another one of those “how to get into the college of your dreams” types of guidebooks, How to Be a High School Superstar is different. In this book, Cal Newport (former Dartmouth student) explains the various presumptions of high school students and in the college admissions process. He takes readers through examples of individuals who, by instead of taking the overachiever/10 extracurricular path, take the more directed path. This ultimat [...]

    28. Newport, C. (2010). How to be a High School Superstar a Revolutionary plan to get into college by standing out (without burning out). New York, NY: Broadway Books. Reviewed by: Kelly CundiffReference Type: HandbookCall Number 378.1/610973ISBN 13: 978-1-299-00753-6Content/Scope: This book is written with the ambitious high schooler in mind. It gives suggestions and strategies for destressing high school life while still remaining competitive when it comes to college admissions. It gives step-by-s [...]

    29. As the parent of two teenagers, this was a really interesting book. The premise is that to get in the college of your choice, a student should focus on one or two things they are truly interested in, rather than participate in a bunch of activities, most of which are designed to make you look good on a college application. (This is, of course, assuming the student's grades and test scores are good enough for them to be "in play.")In talking unofficially to some admissions officers of these schoo [...]

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