Parent Resource Network – College and Career Resources

Comprehensive College & Career information, including on the topics of College and Career Planning, Financial Aid, Testing and more can be found in the Guidance and Student Support sections on each of our individual high school websites and also on the College & Career Planning webpage on the FUHSD District website.

About College Fit

Books recommended by FUHSD Parents

  • Where You Go To College Is Not Who You’ll Be, An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni, pub 2015. Recommended by FUHSD parent, Deanne S. This book makes a point of helping students consider what college fit actually means. 
  • The Stressed Years of Their Lives, Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years, by Janet Hibbs and Anthony Rostain. This book is a sobering look at the current mental health crisis going on in our colleges and universities. When parents tell their children in elementary school that they are working to get into Stanford, or another Top 20 school on the US News and World Report Rankings, a disservice is done. Recommended by FUHSD parent, Deanne S.
  • Ready or Not: Preparing our Kids to Thrive in an Undertain and Rapidly Changing World, by Madeline Levine Ph.D. Recommended by FUHSD parent, Deanne S. An examination into how today’s parenting techniques fail to set our childrenn up to succeed in the world of tomorrow – and how we can reverse course.
  • The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequiality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite, by Daniel Markovits. Recommended by FUHSD parent, Deanne S
  • GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth. Recommended by FUHSD parent, Deanne S. The author shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence.
  • How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims. Recommended by FUHSD parent, Deanne S. “For parents who wanto to foster hearty self-reliance instead of hollow self-esteem” – Daniel Pink.
  • Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, by Denise Clark Pope. Recommended by FUHSD parent, Deanne S.  This book offers a revealing and troubling view of today’s high school students and the ways they pursue high grades and success.
  • The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected  and Unhappy Kids, by Madeline Levine Ph.D. Recommended by FUHSD parent, Deanne S.

College and Career Planning Resources

Many of the school CCC websites have career research tools

Recommended Books for Navigating the College System

  • Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • The Portable Guidance Counselor
  • I Can Write An Extraordinary College Essay: A Step-by-Step guide based on an Admissions Officer’s experience evaluating Essays
  • Acing the College Application: How to Maximize Your Chances for Admission to the College of Your Choice

Selecting and Getting into College

Resources for First Gen and Low Income Students

  • ScholarMatch offers online resources for first gen students – tools, guides, and milestone tracker to start your college journey today.
  • ScholarMatch also offers virtual college advising for first gen students.
  • College Raptor – 8 Awesome Organizations that help Low-Income Students Get to College
  • Virtual Advising Guide – a resource for first gen and low income students

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