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How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers incoming college freshmen the experience, advice, and wisdom of their peers: hundreds of other students who have survived their first year of college and have something interesting to say about it. Based on interviews with hundreds of college students at every type of higher-learning institution across the country, this book has insights on every aspect of college life, including, what to take to the dorm, living with roommates, Facebook and other social networks, ...

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Overview

How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers incoming college freshmen the experience, advice, and wisdom of their peers: hundreds of other students who have survived their first year of college and have something interesting to say about it. Based on interviews with hundreds of college students at every type of higher-learning institution across the country, this book has insights on every aspect of college life, including, what to take to the dorm, living with roommates, Facebook and other social networks, extracurricular activities, choosing classes, studying, going abroad, finances, food, the social scene, doing laundry, staying in touch with friends and family, and much more. Highly readable, much of the book consists of short snippets with some interesting insight and advice from the college students interviewed. The book also includes expert input from college advisors and officers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Winner Best Survival Guide for College Kids Winner Best Book on Adjusting to College Life
—ABOUT.COM READERS CHOICE AWARDS

Unbelievably honest ... I highly recommend this book.
—THE BUFFALO NEWS

Explains college to the clueless ... This quick read is jam-packed with tidbits.
—COLLEGE-BOUND TEEN

Book of the Year Award finalist.
—FOREWORD MAGAZINE

Recommended Reading.
—POSITIVE TEENS MAGAZINE

Included in “Ten Good Books for Grads.”
—DETROIT FREE PRESS

A Top 40 Young Adult book.
—PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL LIBRARIAN ASSOCIATION

“Hidden gem.”
—INGRAM LIBRARY SERVICE

“A guide full of fantastic advice from hundreds of young scholars who’ve been there… a quick and fun read.”
—BOSTON HERALD

“The perfect send-off present for the student who is college bound. The book manages to be hilarious and helpful. As an added bonus, it’s refreshingly free of sanctimony.”
—THE POST AND COURIER, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

How to Survive Your Freshman Year provides student viewpoints and expert advice on virtually every topic pertaining to first-year students from moving in to finding meals....We would recommend this book primarily for high school students as they transition to college....After reading this book students will be aware of the realities of college life and be better prepared to shape their own unique college experience.
—JOURNAL OF COLLEGE ORIENTATION AND TRANSITION

“The advice dispensed is handy, useful, and practical. This book will make great light reading for an incoming freshman.”
—VOYA

“A great tool for young people beginning an important and often daunting new challenge, with short and funny, real-world tips.”
—WASHINGTON PARENT

"...not just any book, but a book that can help that college bound freshman get through that tough first year...Who better to try to help that nervous freshman endure the first year than people who have just recently done it. Laced with different hints and stories, it can be a real help for a student."
—HELLUM

8 Money Must-Reads for Students
"Hundreds of Heads’ annual guide advises students on more than just financial planning so readers looking for a more comprehensive view of college life should purchase the 2010 version and get reading. The book contains more than 1,000 pieces of real-life knowledge from hundreds of students who attended more than 100 colleges across the country. (There are words of wisdom from college counselors as well.)"
—MAINSTREET, powered by the STREET.COM

"a detailed, portable resource for freshmen . . . a relevant and aware—and sometimes, quite funny—resource for incoming freshmen . . . inclusive, honest portrayal of freshman life.

The college-prep section of the bookstore now offers hundreds of self-help books, many of them written by adults whose freshman years are decades past. How To Survive Your Freshman Year offers a holistic alternative: a book chock- full of humorous, contemporary student-derived insights grounded with the educated wisdom of higher-ed professional adults. Somewhere among the dirty laundry and open boxes of Pop-Tarts, this book should find a home in college dorms across the country.
—ForeWord Reviews

Reviewers have called this guide “unbelievably honest,” and “refreshingly free of sanctimony,” probably because it’s written mostly by college students who have just experienced that first, crazy year away from home. It offers advice on big steps like choosing a major and living on a budget, as well as on finding friends and dealing with dormitory food.
—THE UTICA OBSERVER-DISPATCH

Both of my teens give this a "thumbs-up" and love this book. We all agree that this should be something that everyone entering college should read. Highly recommended!
—Just One More Paragraph

How to Survive Your Freshman Year — the perennial best seller — is brand new this year in a new 4th edition. Packed with over 1,000 pieces of real-life advice from hundreds of students who survived their freshman year at more than 100 colleges across the country, the book has become a must have and perfect high school graduation gift. How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers great advice on how to find friends and enjoy roommates, choose the best courses and majors, ace classes and exams, live on a budget, master the social scene, deal with college food and laundry – and much more.
—Between the Pages

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933512310
  • Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Series: Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
Get Ready: What to Take to College     1
Get Set: Leaving Home     19
Go: Starting Out     25
Expectations: College Dreams & Campus Reality     35
Dorms: The Good Life?     43
Talking to Strangers: Your Roommate & You     61
My Face, Our Space: Social Networking & Online Communities     81
Extracurriculars: Clubs, Organizations & More     89
Filling the Daytime Hours: Choosing Classes     105
Studying: Why, When & How     125
Money for Your Life: Working & Finances     145
Food for Thought: Pop-Tarts, Beer & Other Essential Nutrients     153
Ready to Wear: Fashion & (Eventually) Laundry     161
Free Time & How to Spend It     179
Road Trip! Vacations & Studying Abroad     195
Friends: Good, Better, Best, or Former     205
Family Ties: Keeping in Touch & Setting Boundaries     213
Going Out, Getting Serious: Dating & Sex     223
Parties 101: How to Have Fun & Be Safe     247
Animal House: Fraternities & Sororities     271
More Wisdom: Good Stuff That Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else     283
Appendix
The Essential Freshman Fill-in list     297
Freshman First-Aid Kit     298
The Not-Too-Early Study-Abroad Checklist     299
Useful Web Sites     300
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    GREAT SURVIVAL GUIDE

    I graduated from college twenty six years ago but I can still remember my first day. I was only sixteen when I started college and I just started to drive. If I had read the book, How to Survive Your Freshman Year (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides) my life would have been easier. Although I never went away to college (I lived 2 miles away), I still remember being scared to death. Most of my friends went away to school and I had to make new friends. The professors were not as forgiving if you missed an assignment and I learned that quickly in my freshman year. This is a survival guide and includes tips from hundreds of college students who went through the transition. It covers topics such as freshman orientation, laundry, what to pack, dorm life, money, dating, parties and how to balance studying with sleeping. I remember staying up till three in the morning cramming for a big test. I was tired the whole day. The book contains little snippets of advice that can make a difference in your college life. Some of the advice given all of us could benefit from and there was some that could get you into trouble like getting a fake ID to get into the hip parties. I understand that all college students will experiment with different things and you cannot be with them all their lives to help them. sometimes they have to figure it out on their own. Hopefully the book will help them along.


    "The workload in college is like shoveling snow. If you do a little bit every day, you'll get by. If you wait until everything piles up, it becomes a impossible task."


    I have to admit; I have let things pile up and the advice given in the book can make your life just a little bit easier. If you know someone going to college in the fall get them a copy of this great book. They will love you for it.

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