Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book Review: "How To Survive Your Freshman Year: Fourth Edition"

How To Survive Your Freshman Year: Fourth Edition
Special Editors: Scott C. Silverman, Ed.D. and Frances Northcutt, Ed.M.
Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books
ISBN: 9781933512310
Genre: Non-fiction

About the Book: (taken from

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.

My Thoughts:

This book passed through my teens' hands before I read it, so it was quite interesting being able to discuss this book before posting my review. My son just finished his freshman year of college, and said that this book would have been very useful to him last year. My daughter starts her freshman year next fall, and she was thrilled to find many answers to her questions in this book. She said it is going to be very useful to her.

I was very impressed with "How to Survive Your Freshman Year". It contains tons of useful information from what to take for college to having fun and being safe. It deals with many problems, has lots of great tips and lots of great advice (and some not so great advice). This book was written by other college students who tell the reader what college life is like and what to expect - surviving dorm life, studying, testing, classes, orientation, working, finances, etc. Some advice is given with humor and some is off color, but they come straight from students and are directed to future students. Like everything else, one takes what is useful and leaves the rest behind.

Both of my teens give this a "thumbs-up" and love this book. We all agree that this should be something that everyone entering college should read. Highly recommended!

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I received this book from The Cadence Group to honestly review.

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