Bestselling author of ‘Quarterlife Crisis’ to speak at Sweet Briar

| February 25, 2011
Sweet Briar College will host a lecture and book signing by New York Times bestselling investigative journalist Alexandra Robbins, author of “The Overachievers” and “Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the Elston Inn Conference Center. Admission is free.

Robbins will speak about issues relating to two of her books “The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids” and “Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived.”

'The Overacheivers'Published in 2007, “The Overachievers” chronicles the lives of nine high school students attempting to live up to the growing pressures of America’s educational system. She discusses issues including the cheating epidemic of students and teachers, excessive testing, black markets for study drugs and suicides over receiving ‘B’ grades. The Washington Post describes the book as “thrilling and heartbreaking.”

Published in 2004, “Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis” is the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller “Quarterlife Crisis.” The book offers advice to readers in their late teens through late thirties on topics such as love versus money, following dreams and moving back in with parents. The Boston Globe writes that Robbins has become “a sort of spokeswoman for the generation of lost college graduates,” while the Indianapolis Star thanks the author for “finally putting a name to the trials, doubts and fears young adults have as they transition into adulthood.”

The lecture will focus primarily on college students’ pressure to succeed and the overwhelming stress associated with education and figuring out what to do with your life. Robbins, who became inspired to write “The Overachievers” when she realized how stressful education had become, says “I’ll explain where these pressures come from, why they’re ridiculous, and what students can do about them.”

The author will also offer advice to those who are feeling pressures about graduating or taking the next step. “When I graduated from college,” Robbins says, “I wished there was some sort of guidebook about how to deal with the various questions young adults have never had to think about before.”

Robbins has written for the New Yorker, the Washington Post and Vanity Fair among other publications. She regularly appears on national television, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Colbert Report,” “The Today Show” and “Anderson Cooper 360.”

The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, e-mail rsanderson@sbc.edu or call (434) 381-6134.

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