The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything in Between

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A values-based guide to navigating that critical first year of college that speaks to college students in their own language and offers practical tools that readers need to keep from drinking, sleeping or skipping their way out of college.

There are numerous guides for choosing a college, paying for college and getting good grades in college But THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE is the first to offer advice on academics, relationships and lifestyle and combine it with guidance on how ...

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Overview

A values-based guide to navigating that critical first year of college that speaks to college students in their own language and offers practical tools that readers need to keep from drinking, sleeping or skipping their way out of college.

There are numerous guides for choosing a college, paying for college and getting good grades in college But THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE is the first to offer advice on academics, relationships and lifestyle and combine it with guidance on how to cope with the spiritual, emotional and ethical questions and issues that confront young adults.

Divided into five sections (Relationships, Identity &Spirituality, Academics, Risk, Balance), the book tackles issues that include: Homesickness
• Learning Who You Are
• Real Stats on Mental Health
• 10 Reasons to Show Up to Class
• Are Your Earning Your BA or Your IM
• Safety: Don't Be Paranoid, Just be Smart
• Doritos Is Not A Food Group
• and 19 other equally pertinent areas that other college guides don't address.

This is one college guidebook that freshman won't be ashamed to read and keep in their backpacks.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Galligan-Stierle
The Freshman Survival Guide is a strikingly clever work from Bradbury and McGarvey in which the potentially tremulous first weeks of college life are dissected into 25 must know survival tips. From healthy relationship building to avoiding the disastrous pull of procrastination, the guide colorfully dispenses common sense and holistic development. The newest members of any college community will find in this guide a wonderful blend of down-to-earth advice and answers to the deepest of life questions. It is not afraid to address the big life questions of faith, service, the meaning of life and one's spiritual journey. I can not think of a better gift to give a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, a godchild or grandchild who is heading off to college.
Wayne L. Firestone
College students arrive on campus with impressive resumes and advanced academic skills. Many, however, do not have the ability to confront the profound questions of meaning, values or spirituality that will face them as they enter the adult world. This book makes an important contribution to helping college students navigate these defining moments."
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The Freshman Survival Guide is a strikingly clever work from Bradbury and McGarvey in which the potentially tremulous first weeks of college life are dissected into 25 must know survival tips. From healthy relationship building to avoiding the disastrous pull of procrastination, the guide colorfully dispenses common sense and holistic development. The newest members of any college community will find in this guide a wonderful blend of down-to-earth advice and answers to the deepest of life questions. It is not afraid to address the big life questions of faith, service, the meaning of life and one's spiritual journey. I can not think of a better gift to give a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, a godchild or grandchild who is heading off to college.—Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

College students arrive on campus with impressive resumes and advanced academic skills. Many, however, do not have the ability to confront the profound questions of meaning, values or spirituality that will face them as they enter the adult world. This book makes an important contribution to helping college students navigate these defining moments."
Wayne L. Firestone, President, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594467151
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 4/7/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is a contributing editor at BustedHalo.com and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry. Two decades of launching young people into college life have given her a unique perspective into the challenges they face, their fears and concerns, and the real risk involved in beginning college.

Bill McGarvey is the editor-in-chief for BustedHalo.com. He has written and commented extensively on the topics of pop culture and faith for NPR, The Tablet (in London), Time Out New York, Sirius-XM Radio, Commonweal, America and Book magazine

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Be Generous with Your Friendship but Stingy with Your Trust 1

Chapter 2 Living with a Weirdo and Other Roommate Issues 11

Chapter 3 For the First Few Weeks, Live Like a Monk 28

Chapter 4 Miss My Old Life! 38

Chapter 5 Dealing with Differences 46

Chapter 6 Sex and the University: Sex, Dating, and Relationships 57

Chapter 7 Who Are You? 70

Chapter 8 Real Stats and Strategies on Mental Health 80

Chapter 9 Being a Seeker 93

Chapter 10 Go to Class! 104

Chapter 11 How to Be a College Student: Studying and Time Management 111

Chapter 12 Procrastination: Are You Earning Your BA or Your IM? 121

Chapter 13 The Care and Feeding of the College Professor 130

Chapter 14 The Fastest Way to an A 138

Chapter 15 Online Is Forever 144

Chapter 16 Get Involved…but Not Too Involved 156

Chapter 17 "Growing Up" Your Religion 167

Chapter 18 Help Is All Around 180

Chapter 19 Am I Safe?: Don't Be Paranoid, Just Be Smart 189

Chapter 20 Too Much of a Dangerous Thing: Alcohol and Drugs on Campus 197

Chapter 21 To Keep Your Act Together, HALT 210

Chapter 22 How Not to Be Gross 221

Chapter 23 There's No Vitamin C in Orange Soda, and Doritos Aren't a Food Group 234

Chapter 24 In Case of Emergency 246

Chapter 25 Overwhelmed Yet? Don't Despair 263

Acknowledgments 271

Notes 276

About the Authors 284

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    Great College Advice Book I was given this book to read, as I a

    Great College Advice Book

    I was given this book to read, as I am heading off to college in the fall, and I have to say the advice was spot on.
    I didn't necessarily need to read a college advice book because, all you need is common sense and the ability 
    to make the right decisions in college. All in all, not only was the book helpful but it was quite entertaining too!
    The authors also included quotes of advice from real college students which was an excellent idea because they
    gave wise information about being open to opportunity and how to start over building relationships with new people.
    I'm glad I took the time to read this book because I now feel less intimidated and more confident entering into college.! 

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