Stan Lemons speaking to students about college opportunities

Why I wrote the book

Want to understand Stan Lemons’ motivation to write the Expanding College Opportunity book and student workbook? Here’s why:

Stan’s Background

I graduated from Amherst College, a small liberal arts school in Amherst, Massachusetts. Statistically, less than 15% of students who apply to Amherst are admitted.Amherst College

When I applied to colleges as a high school senior, my goal was simply to go to college. I knew little about Amherst; and, as a first-generation prospective college student, I knew virtually nothing about attending college.

I come from a family of modest financial means, and neither one of my parents attended college. However, like many parents, my mom and dad wanted me to have a good education; in this regard, my story is not uncommon. Students from diverse backgrounds, often in the face of difficult life circumstances, attend and graduate from college.

The Problem Students Face

Yet a problem that many students and parents face is that they are unfamiliar with the college admissions and financial aid processes. This is especially true when the student is the first in his or her family to attend college. (That was certainly the case with mine.) As a result, many students and parents do not know how to take full advantage of the enrollment opportunities available at many colleges or the financial resources that are available to help students attend college.

I wrote Expanding College Opportunity to fill that information gap. In my experience leading college seminars for high school students and their families, I’ve been fortunate to facilitate countless “I get it” moments, when students and families understand the process to college admission and financial aid, and realize that they can do this, regardless of their financial or educational background.Amherst College

The Goal of the Book

With Expanding College Opportunity, my goal is to help students realize their dream of going to college. I want you—parents and students—to read Expanding College Opportunity and get the information you need—quickly and easily. More than anything else, I want students to embrace the belief: If you want to go to college, you can go. Expanding College Opportunity is your roadmap.

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