David L. Marcus is the author of What It Takes to Pull Me Through, a look at the secret lives of teenagers, and the upcoming Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges—And Find Themselves. He has been an education writer and foreign correspondent at US News & World Report, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, and The Dallas Morning News, where he was the co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize. After a stint as a high school teacher, he returned to journalism as a writer for Newsday. A graduate of Brown University, Marcus was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He frequently speaks to schools, churches, and community groups about adolescence, education, and college admissions.