Preparation -- that's the theme for the New York Times annual Symposium on College Admission. We'll be covering grades, testing, essays, "fit", affordability, how to research colleges, and exactly how relevant all those scarey headlines about hyper-selectivity are. (There actually are more than 10 colleges in America.) I'll be talking with the Deans of Admission and Vice Presidents of Enrollment from University of California at Berkeley, DePaul University and Wesleyan University. And I'll be dicussing what students and families need to know when there are special...

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Please join me in conversation with Amy Carr of the Chicago Tribune and author Helene Tragos Stelian this Saturday at the Printers Row Lit Fest. We'll be talking getting into college -- from grades and testing and visits to what not to pack as you head off to the next four fabulous years of your life. No ticket necessary! Just come on down to the Dearborn Room at Hotel Blake at 2:30 p.m. Further details here.