Jeff Hobbs

Dec 10, 2020

How to See Your Senior Year of High School as a Path to College

A Discussion with Jeff Hobbs

New Books Network 2020

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In this episode you’ll hear: about being an imbedded journalist, the senior years of kids in LA, the importance of mentors and college counselors at school, some challenges and obstacles of getting to college, and a discussion of the book Show Them You’re Good.

Our guest is: Jeff Hobbs, the author of Show Them You’re Good. Jeff graduated with a BA in English language and literature from Yale in 2002. He is also the author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace and The Tourists. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Your host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women, gender, and sexuality. She specializes in decoding diaries written by rural women in the 19th century. She chose her college because it 1) had great academic programs, 2) offered her great funding, 3) was on the beach, and 4) allowed pets to live in the dorms. It was the right choice for her.

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  • Raising Cain by Dan Kindlon, PhD and Michael Thompson, PhD
  • Raising Victor Vargas, a film directed by Peter Sollet
  • Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe
  • Yale's Invisible Price Tags -- Yale Daily News article by Carlos Rodriguez

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