College Knowledge: 101 Tips for the College-bound Student

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University of Michigan Press, 2005 - Education - 229 pages
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Practical advice on every aspect of campus life for students headed off to college

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"David Schoem is a devoted teacher. He recognizes the challenges of preparing to be a responsible, compassionate, successful adult in the twenty-first century. He has written a book that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of its readers."
---Jeffrey Lehman, President, Cornell University

"College Knowledge is full of wise, straight-to-the-point guidance for success both in and out of the classroom. Every first-year student should read-a--nd heed---David Schoem's advice. Though written for students, parents of first-year students can learn from it, too!"
---Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College

"College Knowledge is a deceptively straightforward guide appropriate for any student entering higher education. As both a parent and an educator, I highly recommend this sage, yet easy-to-digest guide as a must for the college-bound young adult."
---Pamela Horne, Director of Admissions, Michigan State University

"Professor Schoem's insights and encouragement helped me to create many of my most satisfying and lasting experiences during college. This book captures his infectious enthusiasm and will inspire readers to take risks in exploring all that college has to offer."
---Miriam Vogel, former Schoem student
 

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Contents

The Top 10 Tips for College Success and Happiness 1 Believe in Yourself i
1
Youre Not in High School Anymore
3
Get to Know Faculty
6
Dan Parker Tutoring Is for A Students
9
Get Involved and Be Engaged
11
Expand Your Comfort Zone
13
Develop Good Study Habits i
16
Ask for Help
18
Collaborate with Your Peers i 17
117
Learn a Second or Third Language
119
Study Abroad
120
Bess Sims Crossing the Economic Divide I
123
Participate Actively in Civic Life
125
Think about Social Justice
127
Be a BoundaryGrosser
128
Campus Life 58 Learn Outside the Classroom
131

Katie Townsend Help I Cant Take Another Pour Year s of High School
20
Discover the Value of Challenging Ideas Including Your Own
23
Live a Balanced Life
25
o Remember That Tomorrow Will Be Even Better than Today
26
Who Am I? Discovering Yourself and Your Identity 11 Decide Who You AreIts Your Life Now
28
Discover Your Values
29
Determine What You Like and Dislike in Life
31
Bobby Jackson Ive Got an Opinion about That
33
Find Your Voice and Take a Stand
35
Learn to Enjoy Yourself Learning and the College Experience
37
i6 Take Safe Risks
38
Make Quality Friendships
41
Jennifer Landers Taming the Party Animal
42
Rediscover Your Place in Your Family
44
Get Comfortable Being Alone
45
Fall in Love
47
Getting the Most out of College 21 Make Yourself a Part of the Scholarly Community
49
Think Critically
51
Ask Questions
53
John Wakefield Is That Really True?
55
Find Yourself a Mentor
57
Be Both a Thinker and an Activist
59
Pay Attention at Orientation
61
Return to the Three RsReading Riling and Rithmetic
62
IMShonda Williams Make a Difference in the World
64
Manage Your Time Effectively
67
Participate in Learning Communities and Other Special Academic Programs
69
Visit Your Academic Advisor Often
71
Faculty and Classes 31 Choose Good Teachers over Good Class Topics
73
Pursue Your Intellectual Passions
75
Make Intellectual Connections among Courses
76
Angela Nelson You Mean I Can Take a Class That Im Interested In?
78
Go to Office Hours and Get to Know Your Instructors
80
Become Skilled at Different Ways of Knowing
82
Take Small Classes and Seminars
83
Participate in Undergraduate Research Programs
85
Take a Course PassFail
87
Consider an Independent Study Course
88
Go to Class on Time and Other Rules of the Classroom
90
Read the Reading Assignments
92
Learn to Be Both the Tortoise and the Hare
94
Neal Patel Ive Got So Much Free Time
95
Think Sensibly and Strategically about Grades
98
Dont Freak Out over Finals
100
Dont Cheat
102
Expanding Your Social Boundaries 46 Take Responsibility for the World around You
104
Withhold Assumptions about People
106
Participate in Intergroup Dialogue
108
Bill Walters Stepping Outside My World
109
49 Examine Your Social Identity i 12
112
Do Community Service i i 3
113
Participate in Alternative Spring Break
115
Get Along with Your Roommate
133
6o Enjoy Life in the Residence Hall
135
Edgar Hernandez Vote for Me Your Next President of the United States
137
Join Campus Organizations and Participate in Campus Activities
139
Go to Lectures Museums Workshops Talks and Concerts
140
Stay Involved in Campus Life as a Commuter Student
142
Take Full Advantage of Learning Opportunities as a Commuter Student
144
Develop Leadership Skills
146
Sam Rabbins Wish I Didn t Have to Live at Home
148
Explore Religion Spirituality and a Life of Commitment
150
Consider Whether Fraternities and Sororities Are for You
152
Get Around Town without a Car
154
Health and Safety 69 Live a WellRounded Life
157
Take Care of Your Soul
158
Get Away from Campus during the Semester
160
Lauren Goldstein Turn the Page on Todays Disaster
161
Go to Sleep If Youre Tired
163
Exercise and Play Sports
166
Limit Your AllNighters
167
Be Safe in Sex
168
Control Your Alcohol Use and Dont Use Drugs
171
Lock Your Door and Dont Walk Home Alone at Night
173
Sylvia Rodriguez No Thanks Ill Pass on That
174
Know How to Get Out of Dangerous Situations
177
Get Help in Case of Emergencies
179
Visit the Counseling and Health Centers
181
Ask for Care Packages
183
Make Your First Visit Home a Good Experience
185
Keep Your High School Friends but Invest in New College Friendships
187
Deanna Newman Should I Visit My Family before Thanksgiving Vacation?
188
Make Friends with Staff in the Financial Aid Office
190
Be Careful Using Credit Cards
192
Balance Your Checkbook
194
Get ajob
196
Do Your Own Laundry
198
Tony Mancuso Why Do They Charge So Much Interest?
199
Show Up to Class
202
Use a Planner
203
Love Your Laptop
205
Looking beyond the First Year 92 Identify Faculty Who Will Write Recommendation Letters for You
207
Explore Possible Majors
209
Avoid the Sophomore Slump
211
Cynthia Kingston What Should I Be When l Grow Up?
213
Spend Your Summers Productively
215
Investigate Internships
217
Graduate in Four Years or as Quickly Thereafter as Possible 2 19
219
If Necessary Look Into Transferring to Another College 22 i
221
Robert hen Would You Be Willing to Write a Reference letter for Me?
223
Take a Summer Vacation
225
Investigate Possible Career Choices
226
Remember Your College Accomplishments
228
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David Schoem is Faculty Director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program and teaches in the Sociology Department, University of Michigan.

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