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Overview

How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers incoming college freshmen the experience, advice, and wisdom of their peers: hundreds of other students who have survived their first year of college and have something interesting to say about it. Based on interviews with hundreds of college students at every type of higher-learning institution across the country, this book has insights on every aspect of college life, including, what to take to the dorm, living with roommates, Facebook and other social networks, extracurricular activities, choosing classes, studying, going abroad, finances, food, the social scene, doing laundry, staying in touch with friends and family, and much more. Highly readable, much of the book consists of short snippets with some interesting insight and advice from the college students interviewed. The book also includes expert input from college advisors and officers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933512310
Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Series: Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
Get Ready: What to Take to College     1
Get Set: Leaving Home     19
Go: Starting Out     25
Expectations: College Dreams & Campus Reality     35
Dorms: The Good Life?     43
Talking to Strangers: Your Roommate & You     61
My Face, Our Space: Social Networking & Online Communities     81
Extracurriculars: Clubs, Organizations & More     89
Filling the Daytime Hours: Choosing Classes     105
Studying: Why, When & How     125
Money for Your Life: Working & Finances     145
Food for Thought: Pop-Tarts, Beer & Other Essential Nutrients     153
Ready to Wear: Fashion & (Eventually) Laundry     161
Free Time & How to Spend It     179
Road Trip! Vacations & Studying Abroad     195
Friends: Good, Better, Best, or Former     205
Family Ties: Keeping in Touch & Setting Boundaries     213
Going Out, Getting Serious: Dating & Sex     223
Parties 101: How to Have Fun & Be Safe     247
Animal House: Fraternities & Sororities     271
More Wisdom: Good Stuff That Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else     283
Appendix
The Essential Freshman Fill-in list     297
Freshman First-Aid Kit     298
The Not-Too-Early Study-Abroad Checklist     299
Useful Web Sites     300

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How to Survive Your Freshman Year 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
twinsbur More than 1 year ago
I graduated from college twenty six years ago but I can still remember my first day. I was only sixteen when I started college and I just started to drive. If I had read the book, How to Survive Your Freshman Year (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides) my life would have been easier. Although I never went away to college (I lived 2 miles away), I still remember being scared to death. Most of my friends went away to school and I had to make new friends. The professors were not as forgiving if you missed an assignment and I learned that quickly in my freshman year. This is a survival guide and includes tips from hundreds of college students who went through the transition. It covers topics such as freshman orientation, laundry, what to pack, dorm life, money, dating, parties and how to balance studying with sleeping. I remember staying up till three in the morning cramming for a big test. I was tired the whole day. The book contains little snippets of advice that can make a difference in your college life. Some of the advice given all of us could benefit from and there was some that could get you into trouble like getting a fake ID to get into the hip parties. I understand that all college students will experiment with different things and you cannot be with them all their lives to help them. sometimes they have to figure it out on their own. Hopefully the book will help them along. "The workload in college is like shoveling snow. If you do a little bit every day, you'll get by. If you wait until everything piles up, it becomes a impossible task." I have to admit; I have let things pile up and the advice given in the book can make your life just a little bit easier. If you know someone going to college in the fall get them a copy of this great book. They will love you for it.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From My Blog...The end of the school year is rapidly approaching which means graduations invitations will soon be mailed out. Wondering what to buy the new graduate? How To Survive Your Freshman Year put out by Hundreds of Heads may be an excellent choice. The book is comprised of twenty chapters filled with 1,000 tips, advice and wit from hundreds of college students, former RAs and advisors. The advice ranges from the practical, to the whimsical and everything in between. Moving in, Greek life, dorm life, partying, making friends, budgeting and dealing with homesickness are just a few of the numerous topics covered in this reference book. In addition to the numerous chapters of advice the book also contains detailed appendices. How To Survive Your Freshman Year is an easy to read, easily navigated book, which can be read in bits and pieces, or all at once, offering up advice to help out first year college students. An excellent, honest and fresh look at life as a new freshman, How To Survive Your Freshman Year offers useful anecdotes from those that have experience with college life.
arog96 More than 1 year ago
I found this read a bit disappointing. It consists entirely of snippets from student interviews, a format that captures a wide range of perspectives but quickly becomes monotonous and cumbersome. Content-wise, the guide contains a lot of helpful tips, whether touching on class registration, social dynamics, or even fashion, but some of the advice given borders on hedonism. Nonetheless, incoming freshmen may glean from the food-for-thought that this handbook provides.
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