I Can Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide

I Can Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide

by Marcia Cantarella

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Your all–in–one guide to navigating college left and setting yourself up for success!

"Marcia Cantarella's advice is not only concrete and practical,
it covers situations that may overwhelm and derail students as they attempt to navigate the path to graduation."
—Patty Machir, Executive Director,
Futures and Options

"I am excited about the students who will have the honor and pleasure to read this book. It's like something picked right out of my brain. This is incredible!"
—Endri Horanalli, Hunter College Graduate

College is a time of both great opportunities and great challenges. Regardless of your background, obstacles and adversity are sure to come your way. The key is knowing how to respond, how to navigate the system, and not letting anything get in the way of you reaching your ultimate goal. Wherever you're at in your educational journey, this book has the answers to your most difficult questions—and will answer the most important questions you need to know (and didn't know you had!).

Whether you are the first in your family to attend college or come from a long line of graduates, are attending college right after high school or are going back to school later in life while balancing a career, I Can Finish College will take you through all central experiences, mysteries, and relationships that you'll encounter leading up to graduation and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402272769
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 473 KB

About the Author

Marcia Y. Cantarella, PhD, has held positions at Hunter College, Princeton University, New York University, and Metropolitan College of New York during her distinguished career as a dean and vice president of student affairs. Through her expertise in delivering student services and strategies, she has enhanced the academic experiences of and outcomes for generations of students. She is now president of Cantarella Consulting in New York City where she works with colleges and organizations on issues of higher education pipelines, access, diversity, and student access.

Table of Contents




Introduction: Why Do You Need This Book?

1. Why College?

Why College?

Assess Your Needs

The Payoff!

2. Financing Your Education

Accessing Federal Funds

Finding Funds

Being Financially Savvy for Life

3. Get Going: The Processes

Getting Started


If You Have a Problem

4. Which Courses?

The Career and Majors Connection

The Major

The Curriculum

Academic Enrichment Programs and Honors

5. The Professors

Student-Faculty Interactions

6. Your People




Clubs and Organizations


Deans and Other Administrators

7. Transitions

First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

8. Time Management and Study Skills

Managing Your Time


Study Tips

9. When It Feels Like a Crisis

Academic Crises

Health and Well-Being Crises

Personal/Emotional Crises

Other Kinds of Crises

College Is for Learning Life Skills

10. Preparing for Life after College

The Graduate/Professional School Plan

The Job Search Plan

Affording Your New Life

11. Graduation!

Met Your Requirements?

Activities and Traditions

Graduation Day!

12. Being an Alumnus

Your College Network

Alumni Resources

A Parting Note

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide is a must read for every high school senior, current college student, and the parents/guardians of both. Marcia Cantarella's years of experience in higher education are evident as she offers invaluable insight into every step of the college journey from making the decision to attend college to becoming an alumnus post graduation." - NACAC

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