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Not Lost in Translation

Language is no longer a barrier to getting informed on the best colleges across the country. The Spanish-language version of the college guide College is Yours in 600 Words or Less debuted this fall and will be distributed for free.

Each part of the book in under 600 words provides information on the college selection process. “The college decision must be all about the student’s interests, and the book helps students keep that goal in mind,” says author Patrick O’Connor.

O’Connor came up with the idea to translate College is Yours when he was considering developing counseling resources in Spanish. However, since he could not translate the book himself, he asked colleagues and professional translation services in Detroit for help. When they agreed to do it for free, O’Connor says, “It was then I realized the goal of the book was simply to get the information out there. No one is going to make any money on the book.”

Grace Printing in Chicago offered to print the book at a discount rate, and O’Connor, a school counselor, asked several Hispanic celebrities to sponsor it, including shipping costs. The writer has waived all royalties for La Universidad Es Tuya, and he is already taking orders via e-mail ([email protected]) for the book’s next printing.

“High school counselors throughout the world have been notified about La Universidad Es Tuya,” says O’Connor.

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