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Campus Life Exposed reveals the naked truth about real college experiences.
Posted May 17, 2002
This is an awesome book to take to college. Is saw Harlan speak on my campus this spring. That's how I found out about it. His book gets into all the stuff that NO ONE is high school ever talks about, but everyone wants to know. I loved it and so did all my friends. This and 'Major in Success' by Patrick Combs are by FAR the best books out there for college!!! Thanks!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2001
This book is very hard to grade. It has excellent aspects, such as its candid descriptions of the very real dangers of campus life (STDs, drugs, alcohol, date rape, depression-driven actions, and theft). The cover photograph is brilliantly funny. Some of the letters and advice from those who wrote to him are very good. On the other hand, the book's style is very repetitive (you will hear Mr. Cohen's story about his girl friend in high school, his loneliness at Wisconsin, and so forth ad nauseum). Mr. Cohen has little training for his calling of providing advice, and primarily encourages people to communicate and to seek professional help. The biggest weakness is that Mr. Cohen almost totally ignores issues related to academics. He basically encourages you not to get so drunk or over-drugged that you don't make it to class. Most students leave college with overwhelming debt burdens. The book fails to provide any financial advice for dealing with that issue. While this book will prepare you for surviving the worst that could happen to you in college, it fails to prepare you to capture the best. The book primarily focuses on the topics of coping with loneliness, making friends, getting dates, handling roommate problems, sexual relations, avoiding sexual relations, avoiding and handling STDs, drinking, drugs, sexual assault, and a tiny smidgeon about academics. Most students will find these issues relevant, because their lives will touch in these areas. I would encourage people to read this book, because it will probably help prepare them for a situation or two that they will run into. The book will be most valuable if read during the summer before starting college. On the other hand, the opportunity to write the definitive guide to attending college remains. I hope Mr. Cohen will use the good foundation he has here to create that guide. I will be glad to read it, and give it five stars when it is ready. After you read this book, I suggest that you start by setting some written goals for what you want to accomplish by going to college. Then review your progress once a month to see how you are doing. And review your goals once a year to see if they still are the right ones for you. Seek the best! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent SolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2000
I bought this for my daughter going off to college and she has not stopped reading. She has so many questions about college that I couldn't seem to answer. I came across the book and picked it up. First, I read it then I gave it to my daughter, then she gave it to her friend. In a week, I think five people have read it. I'm just so happy I found it before she left for school. The dating, sex, and STD information was invaluable. And the author is really funny. I was laughing every few pages. The author also writes an advice column that runs in college papers on college campuses everywhere, so the content is the most up-to-date. All in all this was a terrific experience and something I would recommend every parent get for their children going off to school!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.