#022 – College Secrets of Highly Successful People: An Interview with Lindy and Tom Schneider

Students and their parents focus a lot of energy on the process of getting into college. It is also essential to think about how students can use their college experiences to build a path to future success.  In this interview, Vicki and Lynn talk with Lindy and Tom Schneider, authors of the book College Secrets of Highly Successful People and explore their tips for making the most of the opportunities college presents. They share some of the colorful stories of famous and not so famous people who have taken advantage of their college experiences to build successful careers. Tom and Lindy’s use of humor and real life, practical stories and suggestions make their book, and this podcast, especially enjoyable.

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Tom and Lindy Schneider shared with us the background of how College Secrets of Highly Successful People came about, and they expanded on some of the ideas about how to succeed in college and beyond. This is a book parents will want to buy for their students – but should sneak a read of it first.

During the interview, Tom mentioned a study of valedictorians and success.  If you’d like to dive deeper into the topic, here’s a study that drew some conclusions about why valedictorians may not always be the most successful in business.

Lives of Promise: What Becomes of High School Valedictorians by Karen Arnold

As we always do, we asked Tom and Lindy to share a book recommendation for parents. Their suggestion will help parents as they think through their strategies for managing college finances.

Never Pay Retail for College: How Smart Parents Find the Right School for the Right Price by Beth Walker

And, of course, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the second edition of Tom and Lindy’s book!


College Secrets of Highly Successful People: Keys to Launching a Great Life by Lindy Schneider and Tom Schneider

You can read our full review of the book here.





We covered a range of topics during this interview.  Here are a few College Parent Central articles that follow up on some of those topics:

How the College Career Office Can Help Your College Student: Yes, Even Your College Freshman!

Why Your College Student Should Consider an Internship

Why Your College Student Should Spend Time Volunteering

When Your College Student Changes Major

College Experiences That Lead to Well-being After Graduation: Making the Most of a Mentor

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