Sending Your Child to College

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Learn more about Marie Pinak Carr, author of Sending Your Child to College

About the Author

Marie Pinak Carr, a graduate of Syracuse University, is a retired immunologist who joined the business world in the 1980s, first creating one of the largest craft book distributing companies in the country and later a premium book fair company. In 1995, she chose to trade it all in to become a full-time mom of three daughters. She was actively involved in her daughters’ lives through their elementary and high school years. Carr was a Girl Scout leader for more than 15 years, chaired school book fairs, galas, silent auctions, live auctions, chaperoned field trips, and baked endless cookies and cupcakes. In addition, she was a soccer, ice hockey and crew mom cheering on her daughters’ teams.

Over the past seven years, she has worked with her daughters, first on the college admissions process and getting to know the ropes of the college entrance process and all of the challenges that students and families face during this important life transition. Carr is a former Emory University parent council member and is currently a member of parent councils at Texas A&M University and Boston University.

Over the last 30 years, Carr has been involved in numerous charitable organizations. She has a professional relationship with the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research where she helped develop a summer program introducing female high school students to science research.

Wide-ranging in her experiences, Marie Carr is an engaging speaker whose popular lectures center on the restoration of the Willard Hotel, preparing yourself for sending your child to college and getting organized. She has been quoted in numerous publications and currently writes a column for Florida’s Today’s Parent.

Marie, her husband Dick, and their three daughters, Kate, Ann and Beth have traveled the world together — visiting all 7 continents. Most recently they were in Kenya and their trip was featured in Abercrombie and Kent”s Autumn 2007 issue of Sundowner magazine.

Marie and Dick co-authored The Willard Hotel: An Illustrated History, along with two related children’s books. They live in Washington, DC with their three daughters (when the girls are not away at college).

Katharine Marie Carr, (Kate) 27, is the eldest of the three Carr sisters. She received her BS from Emory (2006), BRN from Georgetown (2007) and entered Georgetown University’s Nurse Anesthetist Master’s Degree program in September 2009. In high school, Kate was an Intel Science Competition semifinalist. Her research was presented at a conference in Florida, and she was the co-author of the article “Students Investigating the Antiproliferative Effects of Synthesized Drugs on Mouse Mammary Tumor Cells” (Cell Biology Education, Vol 4, 221-234, Fall 2005). Kate is also a certified Professional Ski Instructor (PSIA).

Ann Louise Carr, 24, received her BS from Texas A&M University (2009) and is attending North Carolina State University to pursue a PhD in Entomology. She has spent summers conducting research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and in the entomology department at Texas A&M. She has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. She is also a certified Professional Ski Instructor (PSIA).

Elizabeth Ashby Carr, (Beth) 22, the youngest sister, received her BS in hotel management and business in Boston University’s School of Hospitality. She spent the summer of 2008 working in London at the Four Seasons Hotel and her Junior Spring semester studying in Paris. Beth, a champion rower, was recruited to be a member of the Boston University’s Women’s Crew team. Like her two sisters she is also a certified Professional Ski Instructor (PSIA). As a high school senior, she was selected as one of the country’s top 51 student volunteers of the year and was honored as the October 13, 2007 Point of Light. She has also been awarded the Presidential Medal, The Congressional Gold Medal and has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. She co-authored the Boston University Prepared Parent’s Operational Manual that was given to the parents of each of the 4,000 incoming freshman.

Beth, a champion rower, was recruited to be a member of the Boston University’s Women’s Crew team. Like her two sisters she is also a certified Professional Ski Instructor (PSIA). As a high school senior, she was selected as one of the country’s top 51 student volunteers of the year and was honored as the October 13, 2007 Point of Light. She has also been awarded the Presidential Medal, The Congressional Gold Medal and has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. She co-authored the Boston University Prepared Parent’s Operational Manual that was given to the parents of each of the 4,000 incoming freshman.

More colleges and universities have requested special editions of Prepared Parent’s Operational Manual, and these will be produced by the Carrs. These editions contain the core information found in Sending Your Child to College: The Prepared Parent’s Operational Manual but then includes information specific to each institution.