The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between

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Center Street, Apr 7, 2011 - Education - 288 pages
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A values-based guide to navigating that critical first year of college that speaks to college students in their own language and offers practical tools that readers need to keep from drinking, sleeping or skipping their way out of college.

There are numerous guides for choosing a college, paying for college and getting good grades in college But THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE is the first to offer advice on academics, relationships and lifestyle and combine it with guidance on how to cope with the spiritual, emotional and ethical questions and issues that confront young adults.

Divided into five sections (Relationships, Identity &Spirituality, Academics, Risk, Balance), the book tackles issues that include: Homesickness * Learning Who You Are * Real Stats on Mental Health * 10 Reasons to Show Up to Class * Are Your Earning Your BA or Your IM * Safety: Don't Be Paranoid, Just be Smart * Doritos Is Not A Food Group * and 19 other equally pertinent areas that other college guides don't address.

This is one college guidebook that freshman won't be ashamed to read and keep in their backpacks.


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Have not purchased, but read the google books preview. In that snippet, it warned of roommate situations: "Deal or Ditch". It gave no advice on HOW to deal, and implied that switching roommates was easy. Speaking as an RA of 3 years, residential halls hardly move roommates because of the impracticality; so never assume that a roommate switch is possible. First and second impressions are poor. 

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Nora Bradbury-Haehl is a contributing editor at and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry. Two decades of launching young people into college life have given her a unique perspective into the challenges they face, their fears and concerns, and the real risk involved in beginning college.

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