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.

As the Principal, her leadership, vision, and strategic planning led to a dramatic turnaround at St. Bernard High School and over the years, Dr. Colón led fund raising efforts, bringing in nearly 2 million dollars in renovations.  Further, academics became a major focus and several innovative programs were implemented including; single-gender math and science.

Prior to becoming a Principal, Dr. Colón spent 12 years at Marymount High School in Los Angeles, as the Director of College Counseling, Assistant Academic Dean, and Dean of Students. In addition, she also has experience with the college admissions process as a former assistant director at Vassar College in New York, where she was responsible for recruitment in seven states throughout the country.

As the first to attend college in her family, Cynthia grew an intense passion for higher education.  She founded Co-Ed College Consultants, Inc. to assist students in writing their college essays through a four-day workshop.  Cynthia’s enthusiasm for students is obvious in all she does and her energy is infectious to those around her.  She loves Trojan football, college basketball, and enjoys painting, reading, and running.