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Been There, Should've Done That: 995 Tips for Making the Most of College
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2008
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The book covers a lot of territory from roommates to study habits to gaining weight (aka "the freshman 15"). On the whole, the advice was spot on and could only help incoming freshmen. Scared and clueless, they would get some insight on what lies ahead in a wide variety of college settings, academic as well as social. The Top Ten Ways to Make Your Roommate Happy (page 37) is hilarious as well as helpful, and includes: "Remember, it's a dorm room, not a romantic hideaway" and "Flush!"

There are pros and cons though to quoting former students' experiences. While they relate their experiences on a variety of subjects, the for/against quotes might send mixed messages. Some say rooming with their best friend was a fantastic experience, while others say it was a huge mistake. On the postive side, knowing others opinions might at least make these incoming freshmen think twice on these issues before making their own decisions.

There is much to be learned from reading this book and it truly has the best intentions for its readers. The humorous slant and less-than-wordy style will appeal to its intended audience. It would make a great gift for graduation or even sooner. 50 Ways to Leave Your Mother
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2008
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After looking through several like books, my son--who is a college junior--selected this book to give to his soon-to-be freshman sister because "it's a quick, fun read and covers about everything she needs to know and a lot of stuff I didn't." She loved it and it actually initiated some good discussion between them. I ended up giving one to each of her close friends for graduation instead of greeting cards.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2008
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Been There Should've Done That: 995 Tips for Making the Most of College is a collection of wisdom and insight garnered from the real-life experiences of college graduates across America. The tips offer invaluable information that most guidance counselors don't cover on everything from boosting one's GPA, to the pros and cons of joining a fraternity/sorority, dealing with roommates, staying safe, managing one's time, and much more. "If you can't get into a class, talk directly to the instructor. Say something to set yourself apart from the other 20 people who are trying to add it - mention a colleague who 'suggested the class,' talk about your 'special interest' in his area... whatever it takes." An absolute must-read for anyone preparing for their first (or second, or third, or fourth!) year of college.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2011
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I'm an R.A. in a college residence hall and I keep a copy of this book laying around my room. When guys are just hanging out they often pick it up and usually get sucked in because any page they turn to has great advice-and it's all from other college students. There's a lot of stuff that most freshmen don't even know they should know, and actually, that goes for sophomores, juniors and seniors. This book pretty much covers it all - it's a ton of excellent information in a non-intimidating little book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
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I'm a college professor at an urban university and I believe this book should be required reading for all students, especially freshmen. So many of the problems they encounter could be avoided with the simple "heads up" advice provided by their peers in this book. The non-text book format makes it highly appealing while addressing very important issues related to academic success and lifestyle management.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2009
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I loved this book! I wish I had been given a book like this when I was starting undergraduate or graduate school. I bought several copies to give as high school graduation presents last spring. I am sure I will do the same next spring....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
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Bought this for my little sister who graduates this year and is heading to college. I read the book before giving it to her and it has some good tips and advice!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon June 30, 2010
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I gave this book and two others to my niece who is starting at a huge university next fall. Her mother tells me that the three books are being carried everywhere. She managed to snag this one long enough to look through and says the advice is great, addressing issues that didn't even exist when were were in college.

The information is presented in small doses which makes it easy to pick up and put down and it's written by someone who knows what she's talking about.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2010
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Great fun book with practical tips addressed with humor & wit. Bought several for grand-kids & their friends off to college next fall. All were delighted!
Would highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
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This is an easy way to get a lot of good information! There are issues and
situations that you really don't think about until you are right there. This
book not only gives you a heads up, but also provides strategies for
dealing with whatever. The sections on getting through math courses and
finding an internship really made a difference for me.
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