Naked Roommate's First Year Survival Workbook: The Ultimate Tools for a College Experience with More Fun, Less Stress and Top Success


An Amazing College Experience Starts with You!

The Naked Roommate's First Year Survival Workbook is your personal roadmap to creating and living your own very best college experience. Based on the bestselling book, The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, this guidebook is the ultimate companion for a student looking to have the most successful and productive first year. Harlan Cohen, the most trusted voice on the college transition, and expert ...

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An Amazing College Experience Starts with You!

The Naked Roommate's First Year Survival Workbook is your personal roadmap to creating and living your own very best college experience. Based on the bestselling book, The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, this guidebook is the ultimate companion for a student looking to have the most successful and productive first year. Harlan Cohen, the most trusted voice on the college transition, and expert instructor Cynthia Jenkins give you ways to evaluate your expectations, interests, and concerns about college life, and then track them against the real deal as you make your way through the exciting, surprising, and, yes, sometimes difficult first year experience.

Filled with 107 Naked activities and exercises covering:
• Finding your place(s) on (and off) campus
• Making friends, talking to parents, and paying for college
• Juggling the perks and pitfalls of technology
• Study strategies, classroom essentials, and instructor insights
• Roommates, relationships, drinking, drugs, sex, no sex, and more...(roommate contract included)

If you are open to possibilities and ready to expect the unexpected, some of the best years of your life are about to begin.

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Editorial Reviews

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A recommendation is that this book be used well in a first year experience class, in order to get students to participate and be involved. Overall, this workbook if used would be highly effective if used correctly to help first year students. Its generalizability makes it easy for everyone to use, and to pick and choose what subjects they would want to focus on. From dating, to financial assistance, to dealing with roommates, the Naked Roommate's First Year Survival Workbook is truly a helpful guide for first year students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402239434
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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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From Naked Exercise #8
Technology: The Fifth Wall

If you're texting while on the phone while chatting via your webcam while reading this tip, you might be stuck behind the fifth wall of technology (and be very talented!).

The Internet, cell phones, IM, video games, and electronic devices you plug in or charge create what is known as the Fifth Wall of Technology. Physically you might be on campus, but mentally and emotionally you're somewhere else. This is an important one (not to diminish the importance of all the other exercises)! College can be an amazing experience, but it can also be socially uncomfortable at times. Remember the 10 percent BS? When it arrives, it's all too easy to run and hide in your comfort zone by using technology.

I'm talking about things like calling home, texting old friends, hanging out on Facebook, surfing the Internet, and playing video games online with random people OTHER than people on campus.

Check all that apply and estimate (honestly) how much time on average you spend a day doing these things (your best guess).

Technology Hours per Day

_____Talking on your cell phone with friends from home ____________

_____Texting friends from home ____________

_____Instant Messaging friends from home ____________

_____Hanging out in chat rooms or playing games ____________

_____Surfing the Web ____________

_____Downloading music ____________

_____Watching videos online, or on your iPod or phone ____________

_____Watching TV ____________

_____Hanging out on Facebook ____________

_____Hanging out on MySpace ____________

_____Listening to music on your iPod ____________

_____Playing video games ____________

Daily total: ____________

Multiply this number by seven and you get the total for the week. (Whoa! That's a big number.) Multiply it by 30 and get your total for the month. Multiply it by 365 and...oh my that's insane! Can you believe you've spent that much time not talking to people face to face?

Here's the Math

Let's just say hypothetically you spend 3 hours talking on the phone a day, 1 hour texting a day, 1 hour gaming a day, 1 hour of TV, and 1 hour of Facebook, that equals 7 hours a day, 28 hours a week, 1,456 hours a year. That's over 60 days stuck behind the fifth wall of technology. And you wonder why some people don't feel connected to life on campus...(or get dates).

The Big Question

Is the majority of your time spent online connecting with old friends from home rather than helping you make new friends on campus? YES NO

If yes, how do you think spending so much time communicating with people you already know (and who are no longer part of your daily life) impacts meeting new people on campus (yes, a loaded question)?


What steps can you take to use technology to communicate LESS with people from home and MORE with people on campus?


If friends, family, or significant others at home insist on pulling you back behind the fifth wall of technology, what can you say or do to set limits?


Social Networking No-Nos

Just in case you didn't know, you can get expelled, lose a job, or miss out on a leadership position based on your social networking resume. Everything you say, write, and post online can be accessed by the world. It's forever. Even if you set restrictions on who can read your posts, there are ways they can still get out-fake friends, jealous exes, or strangers can share your information with the world (or TMZ).

Make sure you answer NO to all the social media no-nos.

There are pictures of me consuming alcohol while underage online. YES / NO

People can gain access to my cell phone and address through Facebook. YES / NO

There are pictures of me doing something illegal online. YES / NO

There are pictures of me doing something that a professor, employer, or someone I respect might consider to be in poor taste. YES / NO

People have posted incriminating info on my wall. YES / NO

I accept friend requests from anyone who requests me. YES / NO

I don't have privacy settings in place. YES / NO

I post blog entries that share my personal information. YES / NO

I've posted hateful messages. YES / NO

I have gotten expelled for posting threatening messages. YES / NO

I change my password once a month. YES / NO

What is the worst story you've ever heard about social networking gone bad?


List ten Internet safety concerns most students don't think about when texting, Facebooking, and using social networks:

True or False
And now some VERY difficult true or false questions about how you use technology to finish this Naked Exercise:

1. Texting in class is considered polite and respectful.

True or False

2. Taking and texting naked pictures of yourself is a GREAT idea.

True or False

3. It's a good idea to accept anyone's Facebook friendship request.

True or False

4. Facebook privacy settings will keep all of your information private from future scandal.

True or False

5. Posting your cell phone number will allow everyone who wants to harass you an opportunity to call and text you.

True or False

6. Everything you write, post, email, and say on social networking sites is available for the world to intercept.

True or False

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Naked Workbook A Special Note to Instructors
Naked Preparation: The Work before the Workbook The 90/10 Rule
Naked Self-Exam #1: Before Arriving on Campus
Naked Exercise #1: Expect the Unexpected
Naked Exercise #2: Patience, Patience, and More Patience
Naked Exercise #3: Finding Your Three Places on Campus
Naked Exercise #4: When Lost or Confused, Ask for Help
Naked Exercise #5: Be Yourself: Not Me, Not Him, Not Her
Naked Exercise #6: About Your Parents...
Naked Exercise #7: Homesickness: Breathe Deep, It's in the Air
Naked Exercise #8: Technology: The Fifth Wall
Naked Exercise #9: The Risk-Taking Project
Naked Self-Exam #2: Naked Student Involvement (and Finding Friends)
Naked Exercise #10: Shopping for Friends
Naked Exercise #11: Temporary Friends vs. Full-Time Friends
Naked Exercise #12: Getting Involved: What Where, When, How, and Why (But Not in that Order)
Naked Exercise #13: Clubs and Organizations: A Smorgasbord of Opportunities
Naked Exercise #14: Start Your Own Club or Organization
Naked Self-Exam #3: Greek Life
Naked Exercise #15: Greek Life: The Good
Naked Exercise #16: Greek Life: The Not-So-Good
Naked Exercise #17: Greek Life: The Ugly (Hazing and Social Pressures)
Naked Self-Exam #4: Residence Halls: Like a Cruise without the Water
Naked Exercise #18: Residence Halls: A Quick Education
Naked Exercise #19: Residence Halls: A Cruise without the Water
Naked Exercise #20: The Resident Assistant: Your Personal Assistant
Naked Exercise #21: Meet People without Even Trying
Naked Exercise #22: Getting Involved in Your Residential Community
Naked Exercise #23: The Ugly Side of Residential Life
Naked Self-Exam #5: Naked Assessment: Roomates
Naked Exercise #24: The Ultimate Roommate Rule
Naked Exercise #25: Enforcing the Roommate Contract
Naked Exercise #26: Roommate Conflict Worksheet
Naked Exercise #27: The Judgmental Roommate
Naked Exercise #28: The Best Friend Roommate
Naked Exercise #29: The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Roommate (Pick One)
Naked Exercise #30: The Noisy, Naughty, Nasty, Drunk, High, Horrible, and Inconsiderate Roommate from Hell The Naked Study Section
Naked Self-Exam #6: Time to Talk about Time
Naked Exercise #31: Time Wasters
Naked Exercise #32: Why Do You Waste So Much Time?
Naked Exercise #33: How You Have Fun (While Fully Clothed)
Naked Exercise #34: Plan to Pick a Planner
Naked Exercise #35: Knowing Your Limits
Naked Exercise #36: Tune in to Your Rhythms
Naked Exercise #37: Finding Your Flexibility
Naked Exercise #38: Searching for Hidden Time Treasures
Naked Exercise #39: Take Advantage of the "Holes"
Naked Exercise #40: Time to Write Papers
Naked Exercise #41: Be Ready to Adapt
Naked Exercise #42: Protect Your Time
Naked Exercise #43: Giving Your Parents "the Talk" about Time
Naked Self-Exam #7: Class in the Classroom
Naked Exercise #44: Classroom Savvy
Naked Exercise #45: To Go or Not to Go...To Class
Naked Exercise #46: Understanding Why You Should Go to Class (As Opposed to Sleeping In)
Naked Exercise #47: Skip Rope, Not Class
Naked Exercise #48: Take a Minute to Gripe
Naked Exercise #49: Solving the Problems that Make You Skip Class
Naked Exercise #50: What the !a!&% is a Syllabus
Naked Exercise #51: Making Sure It's a Match
Naked Exercise #52: Managing the Mountain of Reading
Naked Exercise #53: The Power of Questions
Naked Exercise #54: Ask Questions in Class (in Front of Everyone)
Naked Exercise #55: Participation "Points
Naked Exercise #56: Approaching Class with Class
Naked Exercise #57: Dining with Doctors (aka How to Get Your Professor to Take You Out to Dinner)
Naked Exercise #58: Professing What You Want from Your Profs
Naked Exercise #59: Office Hour Awareness
Naked Exercise #60: Office Hours Observations
Naked Self-Exam #8: A Note Taking Dance Party
Naked Exercise #61: A Note-Taking Dance Party
Naked Exercise #62: A Different Kind of Writing Test
Naked Exercise #63: Organizing Notes So You Can Use Them
Naked Exercise #64: Know What to Take Note Of...
Naked Self-Exam #9: Reading (After the Note-Taking Dance Party)
Naked Exercise #65: What's Your Reading Load (or Overload)?
Naked Exercise #66: Why I Don't Like to Read for Class
Naked Exercise #67: When, Where, and How to Read
Naked Exercise #68: Recalling My Reading Limits
Naked Exercise #69: Helpful Highlighting
Naked Exercise #70: Getting Cozy with Your Textbooks
Naked Exercise #71: Taking Advantage of the Features
Naked Exercise #72: Read with a Purpose!
Naked Exercise #73: Use Those Headings and Subheadings
Naked Self-Exam #10: Get Your Study On
Naked Exercise #74: How You Study, Plain and Simple
Naked Exercise #75: A Test for You (That's Right, a Test)
Naked Exercise #76: Learn to Study and Have It Not Feel Like Studying
Naked Exercise #77: Define "Active Studying"
Naked Exercise #78: Get Graphic with Your Information
Naked Exercise #79: Find Your Study Buddies
Naked Exercise #80: Creating a Study Group Preparedness Plan
Naked Exercise #81: Welcome to Dr. (Your Name Here)'s Class
Naked Self-Exam #11: The Naked Money/Financial Section
Naked Exercise #82: Loans, Grants, Scholarships, and Loose Change
Naked Exercise #83: Your Financial Aid Advisor: Money, Money, Money, Monnneeeey
Naked Exercise #84: Part-Time Jobs, Big-Time Benefits
Naked Exercise #85: Credit Card Use and Abuse
Naked Exercise #86: Bad Checks, Bad Credit, and Bad Ideas...
Naked Exercise #87: Budgeting and Banking
Naked Exercise #88: Building Good and Bad Credit
Hooking Up, Relationships, Sex/NoSex
Naked Exercise #89: Hooking Up, Relationships, Sex/No Sex
Naked Exercise #90: The College Hookup
Naked Exercise #91: The Long-Distance Relationship
Naked Exercise #92: Demanding and Commanding Respect
Naked Exercise # 93: I Got Dumped and No Longer Have a Relationship
Naked Exercise #94: Deciding to Do It or NOT Do It
Naked Self-Exam #13: Drinking and Drugs
Naked Exercise #95: An Alcohol Examination
Naked Exercise #96: Alcohol: The Social Lubricant
Naked Exercise #97: Deciding to Drink Alcohol or Milk
Naked Exercise #98: Drinking and Driving Never Mix
Naked Exercise #99: You Might Have an Alcohol Problem If...
Naked Exercise #100: Drugs on Campus
Naked Self-Exam #14: Just in Case...
Naked Exercise #101: The Truth about Sexual Assault
Naked Exercise #102: Exposing the College Eating Disorder
Naked Exercise #103: Depression and Mental Health Issues
Naked Exercise #104: The U of No Regrets
Naked Exercise #105: A Look Back in Time

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