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Survival Secrets of College Students [Paperback]

Julia Johnston , Mary Kay Shanley

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Book Description

May 1 2007
College students will welcome this book's light, conversational approach and its need-to-know advice that could spell the difference between success and failure in their academic and social lives. The authors have integrated practical input from currently enrolled college students across the country in their discussion of virtually every facet of college life. Incoming freshmen, for whom the college experience is entirely new, will find this book required reading--but sophomores, juniors, and seniors will also find good advice about study abroad, money management, choosing a major, and more. For starters, incoming freshmen should know what to bring with them from home and--just as important-- what not to bring. Confusion often runs amok during that first semester, whether on a nearby or a far-from-home campus, and for some students, the situation is further complicated by bouts of homesickness. Here are commonsense tips, lists, and stories for dealing with that problem, as well as advice on coping with troublesome roommates, balancing study, work, and play hours, maintaining a healthful diet, hooking up and hanging out, avoiding excessive alcohol, shunning all contact with illicit drugs, finding the best professors, and handling heavy course loads. Every chapter in this book rings with authenticity and includes direct quotations from students who have already been there, done that, and have come through with flying colors. This must-read title is enhanced with amusing cartoon-style line art.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (May 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764135724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764135729
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 13.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,138,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Note to parents: Slip this helpful book into your kid's dorm room and hope he or she doesn't realize you put it there."

The Hartford Courant, Carole Goldberg, Sunday, August 26, 2007

From the Inside Flap

(back cover):
Parties, sex, drugs, roommates who never sleep, reading assignments--
Welcome to college. How will you survive?


You'll learn how to

  • Cope with that less-than-perfect roommate
  • Balance between study, work, and down time
  • Handle a culture of alcohol and drugs
  • Face up to the Freshman 15
  • Deal with homesickness and new friends
  • Beat deadlines and study smart
  • Handle heavy course loads

    Tips, lists, and stories to help you deal with every challenge, such as . . .

    "Your roommate doesn't always end up being your bridesmaid."

    "Don't think of college as a party place away from home; think of it as the place where you get ready for the rest of your life."

    . . . and dozens more secrets that will help you survive and flourish in college

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will get read Feb. 11 2008
    By J. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
    We wanted a book that would help our daughter prepare for her freshman year of school away from home, and this book worked. The content is helpful and its written in a low-key style with quotes from a number of different college students for an easy and compelling read. Our daughter was fascinated once she got started which meant she (rather than her mother and father) ended up doing a good deal of the thinking about her first year. That was a triumph. Finally, the authors' use of a wide variety of sources means there are also a wide variety of suggested strategies. That worked too--it reminded everyone in the family that even though the stakes seem high, there are lots of different ways for things to work out well for our daughter and us over the next four years.
    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Tips and Easy Reading Jan. 27 2008
    By WAG - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is a worth while purchase.
    Easy to read - not written in novel form.
    1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Graduation Gift May 12 2007
    By C. Bremer - Published on Amazon.com
    Liked the format of interviews and comments from actual students. Easy to find information on lots of topics, plus helpful lists. Practical ideas for new college students and their parents.
    0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Waste Of Money March 10 2008
    By The Big Shmoo - Published on Amazon.com
    It is hard to believe that other people read the same book. I picked up this book as a stocking stuffer for one of my kids. (Yeah, I still put things in their stockings - it's a family tradition.)

    When I opened the book, I found a disjointed collection of often contradictory advice from a zillion different students instead of a cohesive text of single point of view or narrative. Barrons might make the test guides and other books, but they sure don't deserve to get your money twice!

    I would like to share some of the unbelievable stupid things this book says:

    "You don't need a printer., but it's very nice when you are doing a paper and you don't have to walk across campus at midnight in the cold to the library or the lab to print out."

    However on the next line below it says:

    "You want a printer and copier so you can copy somebody's notes."

    Or how about my personal favorite written on the same page:

    "You are already paying fees for a computer use. You have computers to use in the dorm, in labs, and in the library seven days a week. Why would I take my small desk space in my room when a computer is available during the day."

    As a parent -- I WILL BE BUYING MY KIDS COMPUTERS. (Even if I have to do without something else.)

    Last but not least, my wife almost died laughing when I read her this snippet from page 77, "It was really comforting that my mom made my bed."

    I thought going to college was all about learning to be independent and an adult!

    Honestly, if you want to prepare your kids for school, buy them a copy of College 101: The Book Your College Does Not Want You to Read Sure, it is a little dated now, but the advice is priceless. As a parent you will die laughing (in a good way) at some of the war stories the author tells. Author Guy Stevens has been in the trenches. He tells it like it is. He has an opinion, and he expresses it in a consistent manner. Oh and his book isn't published by Barrons. (Has anyone ever heard of The Back Alley Press?) The fact that the books is independently published, is reason enough to support it.

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