I am working on a book idea which would be titles "Inside the Ivy League" or something like that. So far it would be a book that incorporates:
- The history of the Ivy League schools
- Survey responses and statistical information about famous alums
- Admissions - who gets in and why (grades, wealth, power, alumni influence, sports, race)
- Academics including scandals and prevalence of cheating and/or plagiarism
- Survey responses on sexual norms and behavior
- Drug usage
- The Greek systems and/or secret societies
- Life after school - the power of an Ivy League degree
I have been published in academic journals and believe that I have a handle on the writing mechanics. I was looking more for concept feedback. Does this sound like a book that would interest you and that you might consider reading? Any ideas on other topics or tweaks?
Thank you everyone!!!
Hello I'm writing a book too, about my university experience but it's a total different slant...fact and fiction also chick lit.
Ivy League...it sounds interesting but I'm from the UK, this might sound dumb but I've never been entirely sure what an Ivy League degree is. Does that mean from an amazing university like Oxford or Cambridge
I'm assuming it's factual and not fiction or holiday reading. I think it's ver y interesting and would be of use to many students leaving high school and considering higher/further education.
Do you have a blog about your journey writing it. I just started one and found it is helpful, it's like a diary for your work...eventually you could go public ad more feedback from your target audience...hope it helps
Sounds like a good book to write, of course no offense not my tastes as I am a reader of more fiction thatn nonfiction, plus a fiction writer.
But I say go for it. Sounds like you have the meat and ideas for the book so run with it.
The situation has drastically changed in the academic world recently with dollars coming from different sources than they used to and because the funding is coming from different sources, different types of students are getting in which is changing the dynamics. I would think it would be well read by students hoping for this experience - if the information is still timely.
Quite honestly, I find a lot of those topics really cliche. Ivy League schools have really been sensationalized.
Last time I checked there are greek systems, "secret societies", drugs, sex and cheating at almost every educational institution.
People work hard to get into Ivy League schools, no matter their family backgrounds. Maybe things used to be different. Personally, I really think times have changed.
Sounds like a reasonable non-fiction work but I read fiction mainly.
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