Dean's List: Eleven Habits of Highly Successful College Students

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JHU Press, May 9, 2011 - Education - 269 pages
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With a solid GPA, numerous extracurricular achievements, and an acceptance letter from an excellent college, it seems that all of your hard work in school has paid off. Now what? What can you expect from college life, and how can you get the most out of it? This book answers these questions to help you excel in college.

Deans at America’s top institutions tell you what you need to know to have a rich and rewarding college experience. Armed with an insider’s perspective, you will develop habits critical for college success, including:

• Focusing on learning, not on grades• Building an adult relationship with your parents• Working the system by understanding the system• Learning from diversity at home and abroad• Coping with failure • Planning boldly for life after college

Dean’s List offers a thoughtful, common-sense approach to higher education that allows every student to achieve. Many books will tell you how to get an "A" in class, but this book encourages you to do more—to explore college life, embrace new challenges, and become independent.

Includes expert advice from deans at top U.S. colleges: Barnard College • Brown University • Bryn Mawr College • Columbia University • Cornell University • Dartmouth College • Duke University • Georgetown University • Harvard University • The Johns Hopkins University • Mount Holyoke College • Northwestern University • Oberlin College • Pomona College • Princeton University • Rice University • Smith College • Stanford University • University of Pennsylvania • University of Rochester • Wellesley College • Yale University

 

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Contents

Facing Freshman Year
1
Habit 1 Focus on Learning Not on Grades
13
Habit 2 Build an Adult Relationship with Your Parents
31
Habit 3 Work the System by Understanding the System
52
Habit 4 Approach the Curriculum Like a Great Feast
77
Habit 5 Understand That Majors and Careers Are Not the Same Thing
97
Habit 6 Dont Just Work HardWork Smart
118
Habit 7 Build Integrity to Get into Professional or Graduate School
139
Habit 8 Learn from Diversity at Home and Abroad
155
Habit 9 When You Are Failing Understand Why
172
Habit 10 Cope with Failure by Rebuilding and Forgiving
202
Habit 11 Plan Boldly for Life after College
230
Notes
247
List of Contributors
257
Index
267
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John B. Bader is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University and author of Taking the Initiative: Leadership Agendas in Congress and the "Contract with America."

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