Black Gay Man: Essays

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NYU Press, Apr 1, 2001 - Social Science - 195 pages
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Table of Contents
1. The Power of Belief
2. Courage: The Foundation of College Success
3. Taking Risks
4. Overcoming College-Related Fears
5. Expanding Your Comfort Zone
6. Diet and Exercise
7. Entering the Winner's Circle
8. Choosing the Right Major and Career
9. Goal Setting
10. The Art of Making a Great First Impression
11. Reaching Out: Embracing New Experiences, Meeting New People, and Getting Involved on Campus
12. Dating, Relationships, and Sex
13. Eight Traits of Expert Conversationalists
14. Roommate Dynamics
15. Becoming a Leader among Leaders
16. How to Remember People's Names
17. How to Give Dynamic Presentations
18. Active Listening
19. Effective Note Taking
20. Getting in the Mood: How to Psych Yourself Up for Effective Study Sessions
21. Optimal Studying
22. Getting the Most out of Reading
23. How to Write A-Grade Papers
24. Time Management
25. How to Enhance Your Memory
26. How to Ace Your Exams
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Robert Reid-Pharr is Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "Black Gay Man: Essays" (available from NYU Press) and "Conjugal Union: The Body, the House and the Black American.

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