Horatio Alger peppered his novels with characters that pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and succeeded despite being born into poverty. Alger’s characters embody the American Dream, yet few ascend to the highest rungs of the social later without some help from others. Like characters in an Alger novel, high school students need help, especially when choosing a college. Some students, however, just don’t have the support networks that others take for granted.
Jane Sweetland, EdD, a former dean at California State University, Channel Islands, has written The Other College Guide, a new college guide book that walks high school students and their parents through the college selection process.
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