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The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College
     

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

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by Harlan Cohen
 

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In college, there's a surprise around every corner...

But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared! From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).

This essential guide is packed with expert advice on everything

Overview

In college, there's a surprise around every corner...

But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared! From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).

This essential guide is packed with expert advice on everything from managing money to managing stress--plus hilarious, outrageous and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses:

College Living
-Dorm do's, don'ts and dramas
-Lying, noisy, nasty roommates

Finding Friends
-Where they're hiding
-Friend today, gone tomorrow

Classes
-To go or not to go?
-How to get an A, C or F
-Classes in wine and bowling

Dating
-13 kinds of college hook ups
-Long distance = BIG concerns

The Party Scene
-The punch in the "fruit punch"
-Sex, drugs and the truth

Money
-Grants, loans and loose change
-Jobs: want one? How to get one
-Credit cards: handle with care

"If The Naked Roommate existed when I went to college, I would have devoured every page before I stepped foot on campus."
-Linda J. Sax, Associate Director of the Higher Education
Research Institute and Director of the CIRP Freshman Survey

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
When should parents be concerned? When should they back off? For Mom and Dad, this advice-filled guide is the next best thing to being there.
School Library Journal
Gr 11 Up-A hilarious and truthful book that gives high school students a look at college life, beginning with "Arriving on Campus" and ending with "It's Almost Time to Say Goodbye." In between, Cohen covers homesickness, laundry, Greek life, sex ("Having It, Not Having It, Hearing Other People Having It"), alcohol, cafeteria food, roommates, making it to class on time (and what happens if you don't). The author talks frankly about "Hook Ups," "One-Night Stands," and STDs. Each topic includes a "Harlan Tip," accompanied by a true story from a college student. The advice is sound; the tone is light.-Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park High School, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402203374
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Read an Excerpt


Tip #2
Patience, Patience, and More Patience

The Tip
Don't expect everything to happen at once. It takes time.

The Story
Freshman year, I came to college expecting everyone to be friends right away and for it all to be great, because that's the way they built it up in high school. They made us think college was going to be a perfect place. I got here and expected to wake up in the morning and love my classes, love my roommate, and love my friends, but I didn't-everything was not perfect. It took me a while to realize that it takes time. It took me a while to find friends-and I mean real friends, not just acquaintances. One of my friends lived in my hall, another one was in my classes, and another one was in theater crew. There was a defining moment our sophomore year when we realized we were such close friends. It happened on Valentine's Day; we were having dinner because none of us had a boyfriend. That's when we realized how close we had become. It still took a while before we could have screaming fights and know that it would be all right. Now, they are like family. It all took time. It also took me until junior year to realize what I wanted to do with my life. It might sound stupid, but I had to learn to chill out. I had to relax and let it all happen.
-junior, Brandeis University

Meet the Author

Harlan Cohen is one of the most widely read and respected syndicated advice columnists for people in their teens and twenties. His column, Help Me, Harlan!, is distributed by King Features Syndicate, and he is the author of Campus Life Exposed. Harlan regularly tours high school and college campuses giving presentations to students, professionals, and parents.

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Naked Roommate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm the kind of girl who, when excited about something, I'll over prepare. I bought this book and three others and I read this one first. The others just seemed so boring compared to this one. I love the format of it, he'd state the tip, share a TRUE story about it and then give advice about it. It's gotten me really ready and actually EXCITED about college and dorm living. MUST READ!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Naked Roommate explains what every college student really wants to know, but never asks. What's different about this selection is that the 'nakedness' really is true. You walk into this experience COMPLETELY NAKED! I was a first generation college student, so this book had information that I could remember learning on the spot, on my own and some situations with other friends/fraternity brothers. It's an outstanding example of 'the college student!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book hits the nail on the head on just about every issue you might run into in college! Everyone who is going to college should read this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must for anyone making the transition to dorm life. Provides excellent pointers, and funny stories. Makes a perfect HS graduation present! I've bought a few copies for people I know that are recent graduates on their way to college!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a college graduate you learn things but never know what you will encounter. The kids today have an advantage. There are books to guide them more. This is one of them Excellent idea
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having two kids in college and one getting ready to go next fall, I've read all these types of books. This one is by far the best of the best. I loved the stories from real students and Harlan has a great sensibility and sense of humor. It's the perfect balance. I couldn't have said it better. This is sure to become the book on college life and teen life. For other parents like me who read Charlotte Simmons, The Naked Roommate is the real story. Read this one. It's non-fiction and it will help you sleep at night.
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TheWorm55 More than 1 year ago
Very funny!