77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College

77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College

by Halley Bondy, James Lloyd
     
 

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College is about way more than just frats and finals: It’s also a time when students can learn new skills, encounter different cultures, test out potential careers, and take a stab at something new just because it sounds cool. And in order to leave college a better, smarter, and more interesting person than you were when you started out, all you need is an open… See more details below

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College is about way more than just frats and finals: It’s also a time when students can learn new skills, encounter different cultures, test out potential careers, and take a stab at something new just because it sounds cool. And in order to leave college a better, smarter, and more interesting person than you were when you started out, all you need is an open mind, a willing spirit, and (of course) this book! The 77 entries included here cover everything from negotiating the terms of an apartment rental to attending a school-sponsored lecture event to hosting a movie marathon – and supplemental sidebars provide bonus tips for doing everything cheaply and well. (Oh, but remember: The most important thing to do? Graduate!)

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Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
Bondy follows her babysitting guide, Don’t Sit on the Baby, with a book that urges readers to make the most of their time away at school: “College wouldn’t be college if it didn’t include a wide range of experiences,” writes Bondy in her introduction. Each of the 77 ideas gets a spread of its own, and Bondy groups her suggestions into categories revolving around the dorm (“Bring your roommate a gift”), flying solo (“Get lost in town”), being outgoing (in praise of the dance party: “Booty shaking is the almighty peacemaking universal language of fun”), preparing for the future (“The connections you make now will last a lifetime if you nurture those relationships”), and more. Sidebars, bulleted lists, and illustrations featuring a stick-figure robot contribute to a format tailor-made for skipping around. Whether readers are introverts, partiers, activists, or athletes, Bondy provides an array of opportunities to make their time in college as well-rounded as possible. And much of the advice applies to life beyond college, too: “People make the most colossal mistakes when they don’t trust their gut.” Ages 14–up. (Mar.)
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"Whether readers are introverts, partiers, activists, or athletes, Bondy provides an array of opportunities to make their time in college as well-rounded as possible." —Publishers Weekly
 
"Readers will likely get the sense that they are getting advice from a big sister who has been there, one who encourages a balance of fun, healthy risks with responsibility with an eye on the future. This would make a good gift for high school graduates." —VOYA Magazine
 
"A terrific addition to any high school grad’s gift pile or freshman-year move-in gear." —City Book Review
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Cathy Fiebelkorn
This book offers college students a wide variety of experiences intended to maximize personal growth and fun during the college years. While the title indicates these are must-do experiences, the author acknowledges that readers might try all seventy-seven or simply pick and choose those of interest. While a few of the suggestions might have less broad appeal (e.g., “join an a cappella group”), many readers will find a good dose of inspiration here. Presented in an easy-to-read format, often with helpful sidebars, the ideas range from improving living space (“find and rent an apartment,” “take care of a plant”), to increasing personal independence (“have a meal out by yourself”), to broadening horizons (“study abroad,” “join a political campaign”) and taking care of oneself (“improve your diet,” “learn self-defense,” “sever toxic relationships”). Some are about just having fun (“hold a karaoke night,” “take a road trip”). Bondy’s writing style is conversational and infused with a humorous touch. Readers will likely get the sense that they are receiving sound advice from a big sister who has been there, one who encourages a balance of fun, healthy risks with responsibility and an eye on the future. This would make a good gift for high school graduates. Reviewer: Cathy Fiebelkorn; Ages 15 to 18.
Children's Literature - Kim Dare
While the title asserts that the 77 ideas in the book are must-dos, Bondy backpedals in her introduction, saying that these are suggestions from which readers can pick and choose as the mood hits them. Misleading title aside, this slim volume is a combination of both practical and silly information on a wide variety of topics. Seven main categories provide the structure, and within each of these categories (including Getting Out and About on Your Own, Taking Advantage of School, Body and Health, For the Future), Bondy has 11 suggestions for expanding one’s horizons. Each entry is a two-page spread that includes a brief description and a “How to do it” paragraph. Topics are as far-ranging as learning to prepare one meal perfectly, volunteering at a shelter, pranking friends, throwing a dance party, learning how to select produce, and improving one’s social media presence. Many of the suggestions have little or no cost involved, but a few may be outside readers’ financial resources—for example, “Study abroad” and “Fly somewhere on a budget.” While this would be a fun gift for high school graduates, gift-givers should be aware that among the 77 entries are suggestions on how to diplomatically “sexile” one’s roommate (that is exile a roommate so the date goes overnight); getting smart about substances (and avoiding hangovers); and getting even smarter about safe sex. All real issues in the college world, but perhaps not what Grandma wants to give as a gift. Reviewer: Kim Dare; Ages 14 up.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936976089
Publisher:
Zest
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
14 Years

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