The Everything College Checklist Book: The Ultimate, All-in-one Handbook for Getting In - and Settling In - to College!

The Everything College Checklist Book: The Ultimate, All-in-one Handbook for Getting In - and Settling In - to College!

by Cynthia C Muchnick


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Maximize your college experience!

The path to higher education is filled with college visits, paperwork, letters of recommendation, essays, and application fees—and that's just to get in! After that comes the financial aid paperwork, student loan notes, scholarship applications, and vouchers—and that's just to pay for it! Then come the roommate compatibility survey, the lists of what to pack, what supplies are need for classes, and the lists go on and on.

The Everything College Checklist Book is here to help. These valuable checklists help you keep track of applications, references, transcripts, and financial aid. There are lists of questions to ask potential roommates, what to pack for dorm life, and ideas for the supplies needed for stress-free studying. It's the ultimate guide for making a smooth transition into college life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440544132
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/18/2013
Series: Everything®
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 384,767
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Muchnick, MA, is a university professional, educator, and former assistant director of admission for the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Study Skills and Straight-A Study Skills. She lives in Newport Beach, CA.

Table of Contents

The Top 10 Things to Do During Your First Year of College 10

Introduction 11

1 Choosing a College 15

Information Sources 16

Campus Visits 18

Questions to Ask 20

Campus Visit Notes 21

Should You Stay or Should You Go? 30

Who to Contact with Questions 32

Plan to Keep in Touch 34

2 Financing Your Education 39

Financial Aid 101: Offices and Forms 40

Finding Scholarships and Grants 41

Leadership Development Awards 45

Work-Study Aid and Other Jobs 46

Loans 48

Cost Versus Value 50

Financial Aid Tracker 52

3 Preparations Before Heading to Campus 57

Advice on Bills and Financial Materials 58

Health Insurance Basics 59

Safety and Your New Room or Apartment 62

Housing How-Tos 63

Students with Disabilities 66

Orientation 67

4 The Big Move 73

Packing for a College Room 74

Bathroom Essentials and Medications 78

What to Wear 81

Making It Feel Like Home 84

Moving Out and Summer Storage 89

5 Roommates and Dorms 91

Roommate Selection 92

Meet Your Roommate 93

Moving In 99

Roommate Agreements 101

Managing Conflicts 104

6 Personal Finance at College 109

Cash, School Charge Card, Check, Debit, or Credit 110

Should You Get a Credit Card? 112

Finding a Local Bank 115

Balancing Your Checkbook 118

Living on a Budget 120

7 Keeping Clean 125

Keeping a Clean Room 126

Laundry Lessons 101 128

Campus Laundry Services 133

Final Laundry Thoughts 133

8 Choosing Classes and a Major 135

Advisement 136

Balance Your Schedule 138

Core Requirements 141

Declaring a Major 144

Minors and Double Majors 147

Studying Abroad 148

9 Time Management 157

Create a Master Calendar 158

Trading Time Blocks 161

Combining Tasks 162

Planners and Calendars 164

Cramming Warning 166

Time Management Checklist 167

10 Effective Study Skills 169

Taking Notes in Class 170

Organization Tips 172

Study Groups 174

Flash Cards 176

Effective Reading 177

Study Skills Summary 179

11 Researching Papers 181

Conducting Research 182

Research Is a Process 184

Where to Find Possible Sources 185

Keeping Track of Sources 190

Taking Notes 191

Using Note Cards 193

Plagiarism 101 195

12 Writing a Paper 197

Plan Your Attack 198

Write the First Draft 201

The Structure of Your Paper 202

Polishing a Rough Draft 209

Proofread! Proofread! Proofread! 212

13 Internships and Summer Jobs 215

Meaningful Work 216

Internship Basics 217

Finding Internships 219

Reflections on Your Experience 226

Appendix A Internet Resources for College Students 229

Appendix B Strategic Timelines for Choosing a Major 239

Appendix C Internet Resources for Finding a Major 245

Index 249

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