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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; First Edition edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558747028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558747029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JACK CANFIELD and MARK VICTOR HANSEN, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Canfield and Hansen are based out of Santa Barbara, California and Newport Beach, California, respectively.

KIMBERLY KIRBERGER is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Journal, the New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II and the #1 New York Times bestselling original Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. She is also president of Inspiration And Motivation for Teens, Inc. (I.A.M. for Teens) and frequently speaks at high schools and youth organizations nationwide. She is based out of Pacific Palisades, California.

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Shoes in The Shower

You've never done this before. You can't even come up with some neat comparison to a past experience to make you feel less awkward. It doesn't help that everyone else is doing it, since it's because of them that you have to do it in the first place. Suddenly you have to accept this totally backward behavior as if it were logical, from now on, no end in sight.

In college you wear shoes in the shower. You are halfway across the country living by yourself for probably the first time. Your childhood seems like it's over. You are surrounded by people you don't know, from places you've never been, who probably all have athlete's foot. Your dorm room is supposed to be the same one you saw on your college tour, but you know it's smaller, colder and uglier than the one you saw when your mom was with you. You walk in and are standing in front of a girl you've never met, who you will have to live with all year. She is dressed differently from you and is from a state you've never visited. You probably have nothing in common. No amount of protective footwear is too drastic under these circumstances.

The first few days are like a dream. The shower continues to be the testing ground for your ability to adapt to these conditions. You are sure that everyone but you has figured out how to shave her legs in these small cubicles. You glance wistfully at the people in the hall wondering who could possibly fill in for the best friend you left at home, in whose bathroom you could always go barefoot.

You cry yourself to sleep a couple of times and find yourself counting the days until Thanksgiving. What were you thinking? The state college thirty minutes away would have been just fine, probably much safer. You call home and tell your parents how homesick you are. Sure, you went to that party Saturday night, which was okay, but surely they understand that that's nothing compared to your misery. Your parents say "Give it a chance" so often that you become convinced that they are putting the phone down next to the family parrot and walking away.

But after a while, the Shoeless Night happens. It comes to everybody, sooner or later. Perhaps for you it is a midnight McDonald's run with some girls on your floor and a post-McNugget conversation, way into the night. Your fear of various foot diseases begins to fade somewhat. You might actually like some of the girls.

You might still cry yourself to sleep that night, but something's changed. For a few hours, you got to remove the mythical shoes from the feet of your soul. Because the important thing about The Night is that it is followed by Other Nights. The night of party hopping is preceded by a two-hour primping session with the same girls, before piling far too many of you into one car. The night of stealing other halls' furniture together allows you to let them see you in the morning after an "I'm too tired to wash my face" night.

Eventually, when you need to cry (because you still might, for a while), you find yourself walking down the hall to someone else's room instead of getting on the phone to your parents. When you do call them, all you can talk about is that girl down the hall who understands everything you say and listens so well. Your parents are thrilled and begin teaching the parrot to say, "That's great, Honey!"

One night while standing at a party you turn to your friend and say, "Are you ready to go home?" Then you realize you're referring to your dorm, that place that seemed so cold and ugly the first week. Well, they must have turned the heat up, or repainted or something. You still wear shoes in the shower, but you and your friends know it's just because of those people on the next floor.

You can't be too careful.




(c) Lia Gay and Rebecca Hart, 1999. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of Health Communications, Inc. from Chicken Soup for the College Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, and Dan Clark. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.



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I highly recommend this book for any college student.
Kattietoys
To all you college students out there, if you ever sit at home after a REALLY LONG day, feeling just down and tired: Read one or two of those short stories..
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If you've read other "Chicken Soup for the Soul" anthologies, then you already know the format of this book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kelsie McNabb on May 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I received Chicken Soup for the College Soul, for Christmas during my senior year of highschool. During this time, like many seniors, I was completely stressed out over choosing and appling to colleges. The stories in this book helped me to realize that college can be a lot of fun and is not something to stress out about. The section titled Transition was the most helpful to me. Saying good-bye to the only family and friends that you have known during your life is hard. This section shows how other seniors handled saying good bye to life long friends and saying hello to students on their new campuses. High school seniors have a hard time showing emotions and admitting to others that they are afraid of what lays ahead. This book explains different aspects of college life and how to handle them. The best way to learn about college life is from people who have experienced it. Chicken Soup for the College Soul is made up entirely of stories people have written about their college experiences. If you know a high school student I highly recommend purchasing this book for them. Going to college is going to be scary, but having a book full of people who have been in my situation and survived will give me the courage to conquer college life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1999
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I found Chicken Soup for the College Soul is a very humorus and entertaining book. In many ways this book hit home, and not only because I am a college student myself, but because I am a young adult and going through many changes in life, as are the writers in this book. This is a very easy to read book because it is seperated into many different very touching, humorous, and informational stories. This book gives young adults and collage students a good chance to hear stories about other people and and there reactions to certain incedents. It may even give the reader a chance to learn from there mistakes, or even just be able to relate to someone else. In the fast moving world today it is very easy to forget that there are other people dealing with the same everyday stresses and challenges, and this book gives the reader a chance to sit down and find the humor and the sadness to alot of these experiences. I highly recommend anyone to read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie on October 9, 1999
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This book is such a success! It illustrates college times in a very heart-felt way, I should say, it doesn't only talk about the tough times, but also the happy and funny part of being a college student. This books also offers hope when you are lack of it, so do buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Smith on March 20, 2002
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I am a college student, and as every college student knows, having a book to help you get through it is always helpful. This book has so many wonderful stories that can be enjoyed when your sad, happy, or angry. You'll definitely want to pick this one up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
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I am getting ready to go to college in two weeks and I was so nervous. After reading just half the book I am so excited to go and I feel like I know what to expect. It put things into a different perspective for me becasue i know no whatever happens it will be a learning experience. Anyone going to college should read this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
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I just finished reading Chicken Soup for the College Soul and found the book, like all the Chicken Soup books, to be totally awesome. This book would make a great gift for graduating high school seniors and/or any college student. The stories are inspiring and help students realize there is hope of surviving through college.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ilger on August 21, 2000
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After my first semester at Vienna's university I paid my aunt in the US a visit. I can't remember why, but she told me about the "chicken soup" books (in Austria I never heard about them before), and when I left she gave me this book. To all you college students out there, if you ever sit at home after a REALLY LONG day, feeling just down and tired: Read one or two of those short stories.. It will make you feel better... believe me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy on October 2, 2000
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If you want to read about real college experience I advise you to read Chicken Soup For The College Soul. It is filled with stories that can relate to your own college experience. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry.
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