Frank Went to Yale is a satirical novel about the consequences of pushing American teenagers too hard to get accepted to top-ranked colleges. Every fall, families in this otherwise bucolic waterfront New England town become neurotically consumed with the college admissions process, using money, gaming, and in one case violence and bloodshed, to win the coveted prize of admission to a name-brand school. Maggie wants her three kids to find schools that fit their needs and quirks—hopefully places where students major in something other than tequila. Her husband Frank, however, went to Yale, and is determined that their offspring do the same whether they want to or not. Ken, Cam and Emma have their own ideas, coping in their own individual ways with a relentless pressure to compete and win.
Marcia Logan has written for The Miami Herald, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, People magazine, and edited for California Business magazine. She has taught English and writing at the high school and college levels and is currently the director of communications for a lively Connecticut public library. She survived the college application process with her three sons, who ended up at Kenyon College, the United States Military Academy and Carleton College.
Whether you are trudging or sailing through the college application process, here are some resources that will help, or at least entertain, you:
Can you identify these colleges (answers below)?
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Highlight the text to the right for answers: 1. Brown, 2. Duke, 3. Kenyon College, 4. Ole Miss, 5. Oxford, 6. Richmond
To be determined.