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Posted August 20, 2012
It’s hard getting through college. When we’re freshmen, we think we
know what it takes to get through college. Not only are we wrong, but
oftentimes we learn our lessons in the worst way possible. ‘Off to
college: Now what?” gives you a great overview of all the problems
you’re likely to face in college and even better, it’s actually fun to
read. If I had gotten this book when I was starting, I may have
actually paid attention to budgeting myself, making sure that I didn’t
go to every party possible, and not getting into trouble with the RA
with every on-campus party I tried to have at my place. The experts in
the book speak to you, not down to you, and the tone is so casual and
conversational that you’re flipping through the pages without realizing.
It’s not a self-help book, it’s a book that is genuinely trying to
prepare you for those 4 years that will change your life forever,
because make no mistake, what you do in college ends up defining a large
part of your life to come. The case studies in this book are
fantastic, and it was a great idea to give personal anecdotes from
different types of students to show that there isn’t just one train of
thought, and that everyone has a different opinion of how to act in any
given situation. The chapter on ‘Parties, Drinking, & Morals’
particularly resonated with me, partly because I had made every mistake
in the book regarding those three, and every lesson that was in this
book was something I learned after making a mistake that cost me.
Overall, it’s quick, fun, and informative read, and the information is
conveyed with very realistic examples and expectations, and never goes
into being over-the-top or condescending. Strongly recommended
Posted August 10, 2012
Off to College Now What? a Practical Guide to Surviving and Succeeding Your First Year of College is an insightful read for college freshmen as well as upperclassmen. Many of the chapters contained advice that I would personally give to incoming freshmen. This book is more pertinent to the college experience than the required reading that my school assigned me years ago.
Each chapter has case studies with stories from university employees, academic advisors and recent college grads. The case studies are extremely helpful because they ground the advice and make it more relatable. The different perspectives given in the case studies also add credibility to the advice given. I do wonder if the information in these case studies would have been even more relatable if written in the first person. Linnell’s first person approach throughout the rest of the book works in her favor and makes it a fun read.
Linnell’s voice helped the book feel like a Q and A session with an informed college panel. The book is not a small one, but division of chapters makes it to tackle. It is a perfect guidebook for any dorm room bookshelf.
Posted August 6, 2012
Off to College: Now What? “A Practical Guide to Surviving and Succeeding you First Year of College,” by Jessica Linnell, is a nonfiction book targeted toward students interested in expanding their education by going to college. I found the honesty in the advice to be inspiring. The foreword, written by Kelly R. Doel (Area coordinator at the University of Central Florida) brought me back to a lot of experiences I personally went through in my own college career. Having graduated from a four-year college that was four hours away from my hometown, and a graduate program at a university in my hometown, I believe this book gives concrete, logical guidance to those looking to invest in a higher education institution either home or away. Guidance counselors looking to suggest a book to provide students a realistic insight into what to expect in their first year of college, consider this book! I wish I had this resource prior to my first year. Linnell provides supporting statements from resident officials from colleges and universities from across the nation, which I find increasingly helpful throughout.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2012
"In the age of Facebook...campus housing departments have seen an increase in the number of concerns (mostly from parents) where a student decides he or she does not want to live with a roommate because of something in the roommate's online profile, even before they have met."
That's just one part of a case study in "Off to College" Now What?" by Jessica Linnell, a book that outlines a game plan for surviving your first year of college in our social media world of 2012.
Written for incoming freshmen, the book tackles subjects from what to pack for dorm life to choosing a major to partying and dating. The easy-to-follow guide is detailed on these subjects and gives young people who may have no idea how the transition from high school to university happens and what it takes to succeed and have fun too. It gets into details about joining fraternities or sororities, balancing work and college and offers words of encouragement along the way. It's an honest look at what's ahead for college students.
Checklists and questionnaires are helpful additions and a glossary of college terms fills in the blanks. Case studies from students and administrators are sprinkled throughout the book to give readers a real-life situation of problems and solutions. This book is an excellent read for college students and parents who can both get an idea of campus life in 2012.