New Direction and Hope for College Students

In his newly released second edition of Making College Count, Patrick O'Brien provides students with actionable steps to achieve college success and create great career opportunities after graduation

Mar 03, 2011, 12:35 ET from Making College Count Books

CINCINNATI, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The pillars of academe are crumbling -- that seems to be the message in the media of late. Costs are out of control, some say rising faster than the value of an education. Others question whether or not students are actually learning -- claiming we are "academically adrift."  Meanwhile, colleges are accused of being more focused on creating appeal in the admissions process than on increasing the quality and lowering the cost of education.

In Making College Count, author Patrick O'Brien states that college continues to be the best investment students can make in their futures -- and uniquely shows students how to take ownership of it. The book helps students strategically choose a college and offers them a proven framework to find college success in the classroom, extracurricular activities, and work experiences that will open doors to successful futures.  It explains in detail the Winning Characteristics that employers seek in job candidates, and it explains how to build those skills in college.

By following O'Brien's steps, readers can create a college experience that will allow them to launch a great career in the field of their choice. "It's not brain surgery, it's just understanding the keys to success," O'Brien assures students.

"O'Brien's insights into college students, as well as his ability to relate to them, are magical and inspiring.  This book captures the best of O'Brien's motivational message, and it's a must-read for young people, as well as anyone who works with or lives with them," says Roger Jenkins, PhD, Dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

Making College Count is available at,, and retail bookstores. It is a must-read for college parents and students committed to college success and is an ideal high school graduation gift.

About the author:

Patrick O'Brien authored the original, nationally acclaimed Making College Count. He is the co-founder of Making It Count, which has delivered free success presentations to over 23 million students. O'Brien has served as a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and as CEO of He has consulted for PricewaterhouseCoopers on college recruiting and has spoken at more than 500 high schools and colleges across the nation, including Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, Iowa State, Ohio State, Belmont College, Tennessee State, and Miami University.

The original Making College Count was featured in USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, the Newsweek Kaplan How to Get into College Guide, on CBS, MSNBC, CNNfn, and in over 50 other media outlets. O'Brien gained insights for this second edition as a division president for and through teaching at Miami University.  

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