Biography of Alexandra Robbins

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Age: 37

Profession: Journalist, Lecturer, Author

Published Works: 6 Novels

Author of Overachievers

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  • Born in 1976
  • Graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland in 1994
  • Editor-in-chief for her high school newspaper: Black and White
  • Graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1998

Has written for the following publications, and more:

  • Vanity Fair
  • The New Yorker
  • The Washington Post
  • USA Today
  • Cosmopolitan

Appeared on the following sources of media, and more:

  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • 60 Minutes
  • The O'Reilly Factor
  • The View
  • The Today Show
  • Anderson Cooper 360

Her Breakthrough.

In 2000, along with author Jane Meyer, Alexandra Robbins broke the story about President Bush's unimpressive college grades and SAT scores in The New Yorker. The article got much media attention, and she revealed that she was a member of Scroll and Key, one of Yale University's most esteemed secret societies, which included Skull and Bones - which George Bush was a part of.

"Skull and Bones is America's most powerful secret society. It's based at Yale, where it's headquartered in a building called the Tomb, and Skull and Bones has included among its members, presidents, including presidents George W. Bush and his father, as well as William Howard Taft, Supreme Court Chief Justices, C.I.A. officials, cabinet members, congressmen and senators." - Alexandra Robbins

Published Works

  • Her books focus on young adults, education, and modern college life and its aspects that are often overlooked or ignored by college administrators.
  • Four of her six books have been New York Times Best Sellers.
You've Got Alexandra Robbins on How Outsiders Win

Connection to Novel


Plot Summary:

The story follows nine teens who go to Walt Whitman High School. They are identified by their first names and a “Perceived As” label: e.g., “Julie/Perceived As: The Superstar.” They are all "overachievers"; They carry incredible course loads, play multiple sports, and burden themselves with extracurricular activities and community services that would crush an adult. A few of these teens get crushed, too. Some achieve their college goal, while some fail. All are subjected to tremendous pressure from themselves, their families, and their school. They all suffer for their dreams of Ivy Leagues.

What Robbins' Does Fabulously

  • occasionally interrupts the story of the teens to address certain issues which affect one of the teens
  • explains negative effects of pressure on an international scale
  • discusses how social pressure from parents and friends, drugs, drinking, and suicide all play a part in driving high school teenagers to the brink of insanity.
  • puts the No Child Left Behind in a negative light by placing an emphasis on standardized tests and claims the college admissions process in the United States to be corrupt and inefficient.

The main aspect of the story deal with Ivy Leagues, and since Alexandra Robbins attended Yale University, an Ivy League, her input to this novel is very valuable.

Works Cited

"College Try." The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 June 2013.

Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 02 June 2013.

"Guests." Alexandra Robbins. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 June 2013.

"SUMMER 2013:." Alexandra Robbins. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 June 2013.

"You've Got Alexandra Robbins on How Outsiders Win." YouTube. YouTube, 28 Sept. 2012. Web. 02 June 2013.