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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tarsha L. Arrington-Brown’s Book “If I Knew Then, What I Know Now… About College” Highlights Need for Readiness & Preparedness Programs

— Author’s personal experience and determination to finish college underlined need for college readiness and preparedness information for high school students. —

Tarsha Arrington Brown

Bookcover and author, Tarsha Arrington Brown

Chicago, IL — Author Tarsha Arrington-Brown’s book, If I Knew Then, What I Know Now… About College (www.authortarsha.com) is an insightful book that addresses the necessity for college readiness and preparedness courses for young people with aspirations of attending college, and graduating.

A first-generation college student, Arrington-Brown attended Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College and Chicago State University, before receiving her bachelor’s degree in sociology. If that journey was not enough of a challenge, Arrington-Brown had to overcome learning difficulties in high school, and during her young adult life. Compounded with being raised in Chicago’s volatile Englewood neighborhood, by a single mother, in a low-income household.

Upon reflecting on her educational experience, Arrington-Brown was inspired to write If I Knew Then, What I Know Now… About College to provide a road map and guide. The book outlines a multitude of scenarios and provides information that can prepare students to not only be ready for college, but also enter feeling confident and encouraged.  Arrington-Brown said, “This book was created to give hope to young people who have dreams of one day going to college and graduating. And, if they already in college, it will inspire them to work through the tough times, because their hard work will pay off in the end.”

If I Knew Then, What I Know Now… About College also has a companion workbook entitled Being Ready, Prepared and Successful in College that includes study questions, planners and useful links for college research. The book itself, covers essential topics such as preparing for college and getting accepted, together with information regarding money management, grants, scholarship and loans.

Arrington-Brown also speaks at school and colleges, and is the founder and director of the non-profit organization Ready 4 College (www.ready4college2.org), which serves the community through education, career and resources. Ready 4 College’s vision is to see under-privileged youth and families grow, through preparation and advocacy.

Arrington-Brown who also regularly speaks at schools and colleges, is also an entrepreneur and inventor, who has a patented signature furniture product under the name, “Lady TAB Shoe Rack.” Tarsha Arrington-Brown currently lives in Chicago with her husband, Alan Brown and their three children.

A.C. McLean
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