Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent's Guide to the Very Best College Experience (for You and Your Child) [NOOK Book]

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If your child is beginning life in college, there's a surprise around every corner...

But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared! The Happiest Kid on Campus is a witty and wise guide to everything you need to know about the college experience. Harlan Cohen, America's most trusted college life expert, delivers the best advice, facts, stats, tips, and stories from parents, ...

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Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent's Guide to the Very Best College Experience (for You and Your Child)

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Overview

If your child is beginning life in college, there's a surprise around every corner...

But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared! The Happiest Kid on Campus is a witty and wise guide to everything you need to know about the college experience. Harlan Cohen, America's most trusted college life expert, delivers the best advice, facts, stats, tips, and stories from parents, students, and experts across the country to ensure that you and your child will have an incredible and meaningful college experience.

The Summer Before

  • What, when, and how to prepare
  • The emotional roller coaster

Paying the Bills

  • Financial aid tricks and tips
  • Budgets, books, and the best campus jobs

Calling, Texting, and Facebooking

  • New ways to keep in touch
  • How much is too much

The First Few Months

  • Move-in, roommates, and homesickness
  • What not to do when you're missing them

To A or Not to B

  • Professors, grades, and actually going to class
  • When to step in (and when not to)

Keeping Them Safe

  • Drinking, partying, and other things your kid might not be doing
  • Knowing your campus support resources
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Editorial Reviews

Bookworm Sez
If you're heading for university at the end of summer, grab this book and share it with your parents. "The Happiest Kid on Campus" will help you both graduate to this new phase of life.
SayCampusLife
A highly entertaining as well as thoroughly informative read.
Viewpoints
A must read for any parent who is getting ready to send their kids to college.
Washington Post
There's a lot to learn, and "The Happiest Kid on Campus: Everything a Parent Needs to Know to Help You and Your Child Have an Amazing College Experience," covers it all in hundreds of pages that are organized well enough to help you easily find a particular problem and a solution.
BookPage
Author Harlan Cohen writes with a wise, funny point of view. He's young enough to understand kids these days and help parents avoid major eye-rolling on touchy subjects like sex, drugs and alcohol. Pretty much any topic that parents are embarrassed to talk about with their kids is covered with sensitivity and common-sense advice...This handy guide will help parents survive the first few months until your child finds his place on campus.
USA Today
Stunningly sensible...Taking a cue from the ever-popular What to Expect When You're Expecting series, Harlan Cohen uses a similar perky approach in his user-friendly The Happiest Kid on Campus.
Mattoon Journal-Gazette
Cohen repeatedly reminds us that college is 90 percent amazing and 10 percent difficult. With style and humor, Cohen guides parents how to get their students through that 10 percent.
Family Times
The Happiest Kid on Campus gives parents their own primer for dealing with this pivotal time.
va colleges

If you're a parent of a college-bound teen, you should pick up a copy of this book BEFORE your teen heads off to college. It will prepare you for their years in college and give you that peace of mind knowing that everything you are faced with is all part of the college experience. You'll worry less, sleep more, and ensure that you and your child have an amazing college experience.
Sacramento Book Review
They should send you this book when you write the check for the SATs!
From the Publisher
"If you're a parent of a college-bound teen, you should pick up a copy of this book BEFORE your teen heads off to college. It will prepare you for their years in college and give you that peace of mind knowing that everything you are faced with is all part of the college experience. You'll worry less, sleep more, and ensure that you and your child have an amazing college experience." - Parents Countdown to College Coach

"An advice book for parents of first-year students that reflects how the links between home and student have changed with email, texting, Twitter, Facebook, and other forms of constantly available electronic communication." - Chronicle of Higher Education

"If you're heading for university at the end of summer, grab this book and share it with your parents. "The Happiest Kid on Campus" will help you both graduate to this new phase of life." - Bookworm Sez

"A highly entertaining as well as thoroughly informative read." - SayCampusLife

"A must read for any parent who is getting ready to send their kids to college." - Viewpoints

"There's a lot to learn, and "The Happiest Kid on Campus: Everything a Parent Needs to Know to Help You and Your Child Have an Amazing College Experience," covers it all in hundreds of pages that are organized well enough to help you easily find a particular problem and a solution." - Washington Post

"Author Harlan Cohen writes with a wise, funny point of view. He's young enough to understand kids these days and help parents avoid major eye-rolling on touchy subjects like sex, drugs and alcohol. Pretty much any topic that parents are embarrassed to talk about with their kids is covered with sensitivity and common-sense advice...This handy guide will help parents survive the first few months until your child finds his place on campus." - BookPage

"Stunningly sensible...Taking a cue from the ever-popular What to Expect When You're Expecting series, Harlan Cohen uses a similar perky approach in his user-friendly The Happiest Kid on Campus." - USA Today

"Cohen repeatedly reminds us that college is 90 percent amazing and 10 percent difficult. With style and humor, Cohen guides parents how to get their students through that 10 percent." - Mattoon Journal-Gazette

"The Happiest Kid on Campus gives parents their own primer for dealing with this pivotal time." - Family Times"If you're a parent of a college-bound teen, you should pick up a copy of this book BEFORE your teen heads off to college. It will prepare you for their years in college and give you that peace of mind knowing that everything you are faced with is all part of the college experience. You'll worry less, sleep more, and ensure that you and your child have an amazing college experience." - va colleges

"They should send you this book when you write the check for the SATs!" - Sacramento Book Review

This comprehensive book guides parents through the process of sending their kids to college. It contains advice on orientation, what to take to school, initiating important discussions with your student, finances, keeping them safe and healthy, and more. It also helps in addressing problems once your student is in college, such as handling signs of depression or homesickness or dealing with roommate problems. Helpful Q&As, checklists, and advice from parents are included.

Cohen's distinctive voice and wit aid in tackling some of the tricky, as well as the everyday occurrences on a college campus, while directing readers to useful resources. This book is a must for first-time parents of college students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402254222
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 365,845
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Harlan Cohen's syndicated advice column for people in their teens and twenties, Help Me, Harlan!, is distributed by King Features Syndicate, and appears in papers such as the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and Seattle Times. Harlan tours college campuses giving presentations to orientation groups. He lives in Chicago, IL.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Why This Book Was Written xi
Welcome Parents xii
Welcome College Life Professionals xv
Welcome High School Professionals and
Guidance Counselors xvii
Welcome Students xviii
A Short Note to Canadian and International Readers xix
About the Editorial Content xx

Part 1: The College Parent Prerequisites

Chapter 1: The New College Parent 3
Chapter 2: College: So What's Really Changed? 31
Chapter 3: They Don't Mention This in the Brochures 69
Chapter 4: More Information Than Any Parent Should Ever Want or Need... 93
Chapter 5: Helping Them Find Their Place (Before They Leave Yours) 121

Part 2: Your College Experience (and Theirs)

1. The Summer Before: The Emotional Roller Coaster (Before the First Fall) 161
2. Summer/Fall Orientation: Parents, Pack Your Toiletries and Get Oriented 173
3. Shopping, Packing, and Shipping: A Moving Experience 183
4. Community College: Helping Them Connect with the Community 194
5. Move-In Day: How to Embarrass Them Just Enough 204
6. Calling, Texting, and Chatting: Get the News When It Breaks! 216
7. Facebook: The Rules and Regulations for Parents 231
8. Residential Living: The Staff, the Rules, and the Amenities 250
9. Roommates: Minimizing the Drama 265
10. The First Few Months: Being There as They Find Their Place (or Feel Out of Place) 287
11. Homesickness: The Cure Isn't at Home 307
12. Visiting: Seeing Them, Hearing Them, and Smelling Them 319
13. Student Involvement: Exploring the College Buffet of Opportunity 340
14. Greek Life: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Fraternity and Sorority Life 362
15. Academic Excellence: Passing Classes, Pleading with Professors, and Accessing Academic Advisers (But Not in that Order) 384
16. Major Decisions: Picking Their Major for Them (Well, Not Really) 414
17. Money, Money, Money: Financial Aid, Part-Time Jobs, and Selling Bodily Fluids 439
18. A Parent's Guide to College Dating: From Hooking Up to Breaking Up (and Everything in Betweeen) 465
19. The Sex Talk: This Could Get a Little Awkward 486
20. The Gay Talk: When the Truth Comes Out 503
21. Drugs and Alcohol: Sober, Wasted, or Addicted 513
22. Keepin' 'Em Safe: You Might Be a Little Worried (or A Lot Worried) 532
23. Keepin' 'Em Healthy: From Counseling to Cough Syrup 550
24. The Student Body Image: Gaining It, Losing It, and Being Treated for It 572
25. Transferring: Coming or Going for All the Right Reasons (or Wrong Reasons) 584

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

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    Parents: If you want your kid to be happy in college, GET THIS BOOK!

    I just finished reading The Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent's Guide to the Very Best College Experience (for you and your child!). It was like taking a trip down memory lane with both my kids and their college experiences. If only this book had been written eight years ago when I sent my daughter off to college, I might have avoided many sleepless nights, worried moments, and confusing dilemmas during those tumultuous four years. My favorite quote from the book: "Life (and college) is 90 percent amazing and 10 percent difficult." It's the 10 percent difficult that Harlan Cohen addresses in his book. And it's that 10 percent difficult that ALL parents need to be prepared to deal with.

    This book answers those nagging parental questions:

    * Will my child be safe?
    * How much should I be involved and where should I draw the line?
    * How do I help my child adapt to living away from home and getting along with others?
    * Is it OK to ask questions?
    * How much contact from home is too much and how do I set boundaries?
    * What do I do when they call home with a crisis?
    * How do I talk to my child about sex, drugs, alcohol, academics, Greek life, roommates and getting involved?

    Harlan uses tips and stories from students and parents to show us real-life college experiences. While doing that, he covers all the topics from the summer before college, to moving day, to the first few months, to parents weekends. He discusses controversial topics like drinking, sex, eating disorders, and even campus safety, offering parents direction and advice on how to discuss and handle them if and when they arise. He gets you up to speed on texting, Facebook and Twitter and discusses how to use them to stay informed and involved in your college student's life without being intrusive.

    On a personal note, while I was reading this book I was transported back to the early days of college when my daughter and I experienced so many of the college dilemmas Harlan discussed: overpacking for freshman year; dealing with a disagreeable and annoying roommate; living with her friends and regretting it; hazing during sorority rush; the freshman 15; struggling with certain classes and surviving; wanting to transfer because of a boyfriend; getting involved and finding her place. He addresses EVERY college dilemma with advice from his own experiences, other parents, students and college professionals.

    If you're a parent of a college-bound teen, you should pick up a copy of this book BEFORE your teen heads off to college. It will prepare you for their years in college and give you that peace of mind knowing that everything you are faced with is all part of the college experience. You'll worry less, sleep more, and ensure that you and your child have an amazing college experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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