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Recent Grad Untangles the Ivies
September 29, 2005

Marc Zawel, 23, has been busy since graduating from Cornell University last year — working as a freelance journalist, mainly focusing on higher education, with pieces appearing in the New York Times and several national magazines. The Rye resident, a Rye Country Day School alumnus, also had a stint in politics, working on the Kerry-Edwards campaign last fall, and spending this summer helping to organize and supervise a teen tour for 60 high school students across the western United States and British Columbia. In between, he has written his first book, “Untangling the Ivy League.”

The 550-page guide to the nation’s eight oldest, wealthiest and most competitive colleges covers every angle imaginable — from athletics and secret societies to urban legends and famous pranks — and also includes an in-depth chapter on college admissions. There are interviews with Supreme Court Justices, admissions gurus, Ivy League university presidents and thousands of students. It will be released nationwide Oct. 15.

The guide is sure to be a resource for both parents and high school seniors alike. It offers a down-to-earth and readable format that demystifies the college application process while giving applicants a better idea of where they should apply. Students will learn how to write an Ivy League essay, how to use campus visits to their advantage, the truth about legacy admissions and what the Ivies really want.

Copies are now available for $24.95 plus shipping through the author’s website www.marczawel.com.

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