Off to College: Now What? - A Practical Guide to Surviving and Succeeding Your First Year of Collegeby Jessica Linnell
According to the US Census Bureau's report on the number of college students in the United States, more than 500,000 high school seniors pack up and leave their homes for college each year, intent on starting the next level of their education. The freshman year of college is an initiation into independent living, but it can be incredibly stressful on someone who is
According to the US Census Bureau's report on the number of college students in the United States, more than 500,000 high school seniors pack up and leave their homes for college each year, intent on starting the next level of their education. The freshman year of college is an initiation into independent living, but it can be incredibly stressful on someone who is not prepared. It is estimated that almost 150,000 students will dropout before starting their second year, and it is not always because of the angry professor or sub-par living conditions. Everything from the cost of living on your own to the stress of trying to balance a job, school, and a completely new kind of social life will weigh heavily on you.
The key to being successful in your first year of college is to be prepared for anything that might arise, maintaining a strict, well-organized schedule, balancing your free time and new found social freedom, and putting the right amount of energy into your studies. This unique, groundbreaking book will provide you with a milestone from which to set forth in your new college career. You will learn how you can transition from the rigid daily rules of life with your parents to a rule-free environment, without giving up the education you have worked so hard for. You will learn the four essential cornerstones of a healthy, successful college career: Study, Friends, Health, and Involvement.
Many hours of interviews have helped to compile a comprehensive list of studying and living habits and also routines that will keep you locked in and on target throughout your college career. The Freshman 15 is not a simple joke. According to Kidshealth.org, the average college freshman actually gains ten pounds in their first year away from home. You will learn how to balance your small budget with a healthy lifestyle and maintain the weight and health you enjoyed when you left home using the resources every major college provides its students. You will also learn how to balance your classes and choose a schedule that will help you in the arduous process of selecting your major and minor.
In addition, learn how to deal with your first college roommate, decide whether you want to join a fraternity or sorority, and decide how to handle parties on campus. An entire section is included on how to make extra money while in college by working part-time on- and off-campus. The chapter on college dating will help you decide when and how you should dip into the massive college dating pool. For any college freshman who wants to learn the best tips and tricks to staying organized, acing that first semester, and being the life of the campus, all without losing focus, this book is for you.
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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
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.
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.
"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.