Steve Jobs on Boredom

Steve Jobs has been much on the minds of many since his death last week. What made him who he was? What in his past paved the way for his vision and his ability to realize it?

Wired writer Steven Levy has posted an insightful piece on Jobs and we were particularly interested in what he had to say here:

Jobs usually had little interest in public self-analysis, but every so often he'd drop a clue to what made him tick. Once he recalled for me some of the long summers of his youth. I'm a big believer in boredom," he told me. Boredom allows one to indulge in curiosity, he explained, and "out of curiosity comes everything." The man who popularized personal computers and smartphones -- machines that would draw our attention like a flame attracts gnats -- worried about the future of boredom. "All the [technology] stuff is wonderful, but having nothing to do can be wonderful, too."

Hear us on Ronn Owens Talk Radio KGO 810AM!

Thank you to the Bay area's Ronn Owens on KGO 810 AM! What a great experience! We loved talking with you and your listeners on Thursday morning! Check out the audio here! Just select the 10 to 11 a.m. link!

College Admission in second printing!

College Admission has gone into a second printing after just six weeks! Thank you to all of our readers for your enthusiastic response -- the students, parents, admission deans, and high school college counselors!

Jayne Caflin Fonash, Academy of Science, Loudoun County, Virginia

Each month we feature a high school college counselor -- so you can get to know them and benefit from what they know about applying to college! In our Q & A, you'll find out about their pet peeves, real life heroes, and best advice for students and parents.

This month we welcome Jayne Caflin Fonash, Director of Guidance for the Academy of Science (AOS) in Loudoun County, Virginia, a Magnet program, whose mission is to integrate science, math, writing, and communication skills into research and experimentation.

Pamela T. Horne, Purdue University

Each month we invite a Dean of Admission to answer five questions. We may ask their best advice for applicants, how their office reads applications, their favorite thing on campus, or the most surprising fact about their college or university. If you'd like to pose a question to a Dean of Admission or if you'd like to nominate a Dean for us to feature, please email us at

This month, we are pleased to welcome Pamela T. Horne, Purdue University's Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions, as our interviewee from the other side of the desk.

A Valuable Perspective on Paying for College

Get Smart About College from the Wall Street Journal examines the question of how parents and students think about paying for college. There's some excellent advice here from authors Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson, both admired experts on higher education, known for their trenchant and original thinking backed by data.  In particular, hurrah for their focus on fit and highlighting the fact that students who get into selective colleges but opt for cheaper schools are less likely to graduate -- a decision therefore that can be far more costly than it first appears. And the spreadsheet the authors suggest is basically our Financial Aid Package Evaluator that you can find in our book and right here on our website under the Worksheets tab. But read the whole article! All in all, it's a valuable investment perspective on one of the most expensive decisions most families will make.

The Winners!

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Cook Your Way Through the SAT?!?

Fourteen-year-old Charis Freiman-Mendel developed 99 recipes, incorporating 1,000 SAT words, and has published the 243-page Cook Your Way Through the SAT. Killing two birds with one stone. We like it!

The Gourmet Guide gets Palo Alto!

Traveling to the San Francisco Bay area to visit Stanford, Menlo, Santa Clara or one of the many other great colleges and universities on the Peninsula? Check out our latest recommendations in the Gourmet Guide. Dim sum, artisanal yogurt, and California rolls... Oh, my!