A former college admissions officer and private school counselor shares real stories and candid advice about the plan to apply for college.

Navigating the college admission process is unwieldy for any teenager. Whether you are the first in your family to attend college, have siblings in college, or your parents graduated from an Ivy League institution, applying to college is new to YOU.

Tips, Tales & Truths for Teens offers a practical road map to follow throughout high school. The secret to having choices senior year is to plan as early as possible. Whether you pick up this book as a rising freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, the real stories and candid advice will serve you well in high school and throughout your life.


Dr. Cynthia Colón holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Using over 20 years experience as an educator, her new book, Tips, Tales, & Truths for Teens, offers a practical road map for the college admission process. Dr. Colón has been featured on KTLA, FOX 5 San Diego, KCAL, ABC Chicago, WGN Chicago, WKRC Cincinnati, and in Latina Style.

Dr. Colón has worked as both an admission officer at Vassar College in New York and as a college counselor at the elite private Marymount High School in Los Angeles. She has read thousands of applications and worked directly with over 500 students who have been admitted to top colleges in the country – including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Duke, Georgetown, USC, UCLA, Berkeley, Notre Dame, and many more.

As the first in her family to attend college, Dr. Colón is on a mission to help every student, no matter her/his background, pave their way to the college of their choice. Further, she offers parents and educators the tools to support teens along the road to college.

Cynthia’s passion is obvious and her infectious energy can captivate any audience. She loves all things baseball, Trojan football, and enjoys crafting, reading, and running.