Living the College Life

Living the College Life : Real Students, Real Experiences, Real Advice

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"Living the College Life" helps you overcome the freshman fear factor! College will be one of the most exciting and intimidating times of your life, and you're going to have questions as you head into this new experience. "Living the College Life" gives you real answers to common questions - answers from students who have 'been there, done that'. More than 100 upperclassmen and recent graduates from colleges all over the country candidly discuss what worked - and what didn't work - for them.Topics include what to take with you (this book, for example), academics, social and campus life, relationships, and money. Questions cut to the chase: how should I handle alcohol issues; how can I deal with the roommate from hell; should I take advantage of that great-sounding credit card; should I withdraw from that class I'm having trouble in; should I join a sorority or fraternity; should I take a computer; laptop or desktop; and, how often should I go home (Don't ask your mother that question). Issues are discussed in a quick, painless question/answer format. With this book, you'll have the tools you need to think through the tough questions and make the best decisions for you! With "Living the College Life", CliffsNotes - the resource that helps millions get to and through college - now helps you get off to a good start on campus.show more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 132.1 x 210.8 x 17.8mm | 249.48g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Hoboken, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0764577034
  • 9780764577031
  • 2,208,651

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Living the College Life helps you overcome the Freshman Fear Factor! College will be one of the most exciting and intimidating times of your life, and you're going to have questions as you head into this new experience. Living the College Life gives you real answers to common questions--answers from students who have "been there, done that." More than 100 upperclassmen and recent graduates from colleges all over the country candidly discuss what worked--and what didn't work--for them. Topics include what to take with you (this book, for example), academics, social and campus life, relationships, and money. Questions cut to the chase: How should I handle alcohol issues?How can I deal with the roommate from hell?Should I take advantage of that great-sounding credit card?Should I withdraw from that class I'm having trouble in?Should I join a sorority or fraternity?Should I take a computer? Laptop or desktop?How often should I go home? (Don't ask your mother that question!)Issues are discussed in a quick, painless question/answer format. With this book, you'll have the tools you need to think through the tough questions and make the best decisions for you!With Living the College Life, CliffsNotes--the resource that helps millions get to and through college--now helps you get off to a good start on campus.show more

About Kenneth Paulsen

Ken Paulsen is Resource Manager of the Newsweek Education Program and an adjunct professor of Journalism at New York University. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned his master's degree at NYU.show more

Table of contents

Introduction.1. Before Arriving on Campus.What should I take with me-and what should I leave home?Laptop, desktop, or neither?Should I have a car on campus?How will I "fit in" on campus?2. The First Few Days.Should I attend all these first-week gatherings?How should I set up my room?Should I be concerned about fire safety?How should I deal with my R.A.?3. Roommates.How can I get along with a roommate I have nothing in common with?How can I tell my roommate about something that's annoying me?How can we share some common expenses?How will I get used to the relative lack of privacy?How can I deal with the roommate from hell?4. Food.What are usually the best choices in the dining hall?What food options will I have besides the dining hall?How can I avoid the "freshman 15"?5. Academics.What classes should I take?How many credits should I take in my first semester?How should I plan my schedule?Study tonight-or find something else to do?What happens if I blow off an assignment?Does it matter if I attend lecture classes?How and when should I start planning for graduate education?6. Early Discontent.How can I be more than a number to my school?How can I thrive in a class with hundreds of other students?How can I make the most of the add/drop process?Should I transfer if I don't like my college?7. Thoughts of Home.How often should I return home?How often should I e-mail/call my family?How much should I tell my parents about what really goes on?What should I do next summer-and by when should I decide?How will I adjust to life at home next summer?8. Sleep.What time should I go to sleep?How will I make sure I get enough sleep?Are naps a good idea?Should I pull an all-nighter?9. Campus Life.How do I handle all this free time?Why should I get involved with campus organizations?How will I manage my time if I'm involved in activities on campus?How do I find a club or group that's right for me?Should I join a fraternity or sorority?How can I continue my religion's observances?10. Alcohol.How can I have fun if everyone around me is drinking?How should I handle alcohol?Should I get a fake ID?What if I get busted for alcohol in my dorm?11. Other Drugs.Should I try pot or other drugs?What consequences can I expect if I take drugs?How can I handle the pressure I might feel to try drugs?12. Rape.What do I need to know about rape on campus?How do I get help if I am the victim of a sexual assault?What should I consider when deciding whether to file charges?13. Special Situations.How do I get help if I have some sort of problem?When do I get involved in my friend's problems?What should I do if I'm pulled over by the police?What should I do if I'm arrested or otherwise confronted by the police?14. Grades.How concerned should I be about grades?How can I adjust to the midterm/final grading scheme?What adjustments should I consider after receiving my grades?15. Choosing a Major.When should I pick my major?How do I go about picking a major?How do I know if a major is right for me?What do I do if I want to switch my major?Should I double-major?Does a minor/concentration really matter?16. Relationships.Should I date someone exclusively?Should I try to maintain a long-distance romance?What should I consider before hooking up with someone?How can I tell if I'm wasting my time in a relationship?Is there room on campus for students with "old-fashioned" values?Should I move in with my boyfriend/girlfriend?17. Money.How much should I work at a part-time job?Should I accept that great-sounding credit-card offer?I owe much more money than I can pay back-what should I do?How can I get by with a very limited cash flow?Should I apply to be an R.A.?How can I find a job that will complement my studies?18. Special Concerns for Student Athletes.How can I strike a balance between athletics and academics?What special concerns should I be aware of as a student athlete?19. Students Discuss Their Biggest Decisions.Making the most of every minute.Should I stay or should I go?Make a run for it?Time to make a switch?Being true to yourselfIndex.show more