Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges — and Find Themselves is a great resource for advice on the college admissions process. Author Dave Marcus emphasizes the importance of students keeping things in perspective and enjoying these special years.

“Kids need to slow down and savor the opportunities of middle and high school — in the classroom, in museums, in clubs,” Marcus said in a recent interview.

For more advice from this former U.S. News and World Report writer, check out the TeenLife Blog.