Villanova University: Off the Record - College Prowler

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About the Author:

Writing this book has been a great time, and I have learned a lot. While it was a lot of work, it was all rewarding. I hope to continue writing at some level whether it s for a newspaper or books well into the future. I am pursuing a double major in political science and economics, and I m loving it here. I am a northern New Jersey native and have lived here all my life. I really hope that you enjoyed the book, and above all, found it useful in selecting a college. I remember applying to college and hope this book eases the stress of the application process, touring, and pressure from parents. If you have any questions, comments, or want to know more about Villanova or writing, feel free to e-mail me.

Also, a book would not be a book without a section for dedications. First and foremost, I would like to thank my mom and dad, whose hard work, perseverance, and loving care helped me get to where I am today. Then, of course, there is my brother Kyle, who is the greatest sibling an older brother can ask for. I d also like to thank Poppy, who has always been a source of guidance and tons of fun and laughs, Uncle Peter and Aunt Lisa, who are like a second set of parents who are always great to have around, and the family that is no longer with us but who have been a great source of inspiration to me. Lastly, I can t forget my friends at Villanova and home who have made my life that much more enjoyable. Without them, life would be very boring. And, of course, to all the people at College Prowler, for allowing me this unique and educational experience!

Sean Wright
seanwright@collegeprowler.com

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