Making College Count: A Real World Look at How to Succeed in and After College

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Making College Count is designed to teach students how to succeed in college and how to best prepare themselves to maximize their opportunities upon graduation.

Making College Count offers insightful perspective on the college experience from freshman orientation to graduation. It offers proven strategies to help incoming students succeed in college, sharing practical advice on how to set goals, focus on priorities, and manage time in the college environment. The book teaches ...

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Overview

Making College Count is designed to teach students how to succeed in college and how to best prepare themselves to maximize their opportunities upon graduation.

Making College Count offers insightful perspective on the college experience from freshman orientation to graduation. It offers proven strategies to help incoming students succeed in college, sharing practical advice on how to set goals, focus on priorities, and manage time in the college environment. The book teaches the keys to academic success, like how to select classes, improve listening and note taking skills, study for maximum learning, and effectively take college level exams and finals. Most importantly, it demonstrates how well-chosen extracurricular activities and meaningful work experiences will help students develop critical skills as a foundation for their future.

Making College Count explains in detail the "Winning Characteristics" - the traits that future employers are looking for. These Winning Characteristics include Communication Skills, Organization Skills, Leadership, Logic, Effort, Group Skills, and Entrepreneurship. By understanding these characteristics during their college years, students will be able to fully develop them through their academic, extracurricular, and work experiences. These activities will ultimately serve as meaningful examples which will demonstrate their skills to future employers. The result will be a strong foundation for launching a successful career in any field.

The book is conversational in tone and easy to understand. Its slightly irreverent manner and clever cartoon sketches lend a humorous element to this important subject matter, keeping the reading experience entertaining for its audience - students and parents alike.

Making College Count has received high-profile business and academic endorsements from executive recruiters, placement directors, academicians, human resource directors, and corporate presidents. Additionally, the book has been formally endorsed by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). "Making College Count offers insightful keys to success in college - it should be packed in every freshman's duffel bag," says D. Samuel Neill, Chairman, University of North Carolina Board of Governors. But more importantly, the book has been extremely well received by the people who will benefit the most from it: college students who believe that it will make a positive difference in their college experience.

Reader's reaction to Making Collge Count

The book that prepares you for life!! Making College Count is a terrific book for any college bound student. Patrick O'Brien shows students how to make the most of their college experience and use it to their advantage. The hints and suggestions motivate students to achieve success in school, in order to have success after college. High school prepares students for college academically. Making College Count prepares students for life in and beyond college.
—Desiree Gavilan (gaviland2@uofs.edu) from Maryland

This book is great! Making College Count can put a college student steps ahead of the rest. It can provide you with the formula you need to stand out among the thousands of other students and pave the way to success in and after college! Also, the book is easy to read and illustrated with fun pictures. I highly recommend Making College Count!
—MadisenLn@aol.com from New York

Excellent Book, A Must Read For High School Graduates I have read this book twice now, and will probably read it again. It motivates me so well. It gives you a sense of direction and provides you with the necessary steps to follow. If you are looking for the perfect graduation gift this is the one. This should be on every freshmen's must read list before going to college.
—Michael Taulbee, Taulbeme@miamiu.muohio.edu

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Editorial Reviews

College Bound Magazine
Just Think - if you're armed with (this book), you'll be well on your way to making your college career count...successfully!
KUSI-TV, San Diego
A must-read if you have a young person getting ready to go to college.
USA Weekend
The Making College Count program combines adjusting-to-college tips with employment goals for first-year students.
WAVE-TV, Louisville
The graduation book of the season.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963367839
  • Publisher: Graphic Management Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 157
  • Age range: 16 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Why Are You Going To College?

A good question and a good place to start. If single- handedly saving the world or getting an education solely for education's sake is what you're all about, let me save you some time. Don't read this book; it's not for you.

On the other hand, if you'd like your college experience to be a building process - - elevating you to the most interesting, challenging, financially rewarding job you can get in your chosen field - - then you're in the right place. Don't get me wrong. I think learning simply for the sake of learning is a worthwhile objective. Really, it is. In fact, I'll probably go back to school at some point for just that reason. You can never know too much and you should always be in a learning mode in life. The key difference here is that I'll take that step after I have accomplished my professional goals and achieved my financial objectives. I will not undertake this endeavor as a means of getting there. Let's look at a "real life" scenario that brings the issue to life. During my senior year I had a choice between going to a class lecture or a pre-interview reception thrown by Procter and Gamble. The decision, for me, was easy. I went to the reception. It's simply a matter of priorities. I ask again...why are you going to college? If you're going to college to create your future by doing the things necessary to best position yourself for a successful, rewarding career, read on.
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