When looking ahead to college, high school students often don't consider the here and now. Meanwhile, parents might plan for tuition, but even they don't know much about preparing their child for higher education in an every day sort of way. Straight Talk for College-Bound Students and Their Parents is a "pocket guide" that focuses on creating a successful college experience. Starting in high school, students can improve their odds by enrolling in certain courses that help prepare for two- or four-year colleges. Learn tips on academic advisors, the college catalogue, FERPA, and more, all in an effort to help students move smoothly from semester to semester toward graduation. Author and educator Saundra Richardson Mckay speaks directly to all college-bound students and their parents. She teaches how to take an active role in preparation and persistence in higher education, and she makes concrete suggestions to help break down the walls that hold young students back.