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  • Writer's pictureThe Truth About College Admission Workbook

Escape Your Echochamber

Write down the names of the first seven colleges or universities that pop into your head.








Now circle the schools that are in your home state; the colleges that a parent, sibling, or other family member attended; the schools that are nationally known in your favorite sport; and any that rhyme with Schmarvard.

Are more than 50% circled? Congratulations! You, like most people, have the opportunity to see a bigger picture of the higher education landscape in America.

One reason students and their families have anxiety around college admission is because they have a limited, inaccurate, or incomplete understanding of their choices and options. One of our country’s biggest strengths is the diversity and breadth of our higher education system.

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