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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Norlightspress.Com (February 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935254626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935254621
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you're ready to achieve more success in and out of school, then read and absorb the strategies in this important book. Brilliant information by a talented speaker, author, and mentor!" James Malinchak, co-author, Chicken Soup for the College Soul, and two-time national college speaker of the year.

"This is practical and down-to-earth counsel, not only for students, but for everyone who cares about student success."  Eduardo J. Padron, President of Miami Dade College

"Isa tackles one of the most important issues our nation faces with clarity and depth. You will hear much more from her in the future." Wes Moore, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author

From the Author

You only need one thing to shape your life into what you know it's meant to be: You must want to rise above average and make the most of your college experience and your future.  I cannot teach you desire, passion, perseverance, or diligence, but if you have these qualities, I will help you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

More About the Author

"A Community College Superstar!" - The White House Blog

Isa Adney is a national spokesperson for community college success, helping students to avoid student loan debt and break cycles of poverty by choosing community college, and ensuring that choice is a wise investment in their future by connecting with people who can catapult them to wealth, success, and a job that they actually enjoy.

Isa has been featured in publications such as The White House blog, USA Today, U.S. News, and The Lumina Foundation, FOX News Latino, and has been featured on television shows such as the ABC-affiliate CityLine, Urban Update, FOX 35 Good Day, and Orlando Matters. She also shares her success story and core strategies as a speaker to colleges and universities around the country, and shares free content to help students succeed and inspirational interviews with professionals (such as a New York Times journalist and an NBA Executive) on her blog www.communitycollegesuccess.com.

Isa Adney grew up in a lower middle class family and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Her grandparents moved from Puerto Rico to New York City because there weren't any jobs in Puerto Rico. They didn't speak a word of English when they came to the United States; her grandfather worked as a janitor for most of his life and her grandmother as a maid. Her father went to community college but never made it to a university. It took time for Adney to realize that students from wealthier families had a head start in life, but she learned that even though the playing field wasn't fair, it didn't mean she couldn't win.

Adney shares her personal story in her book COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUCCESS so historically underrepresented groups in higher education can learn how build a community to help them achieve an education and a life far beyond their dreams and family histories.

Adney graduated from Seminole Community College (now called Seminole State College of Florida), in May 2007, where she received a $110,000 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. She transferred to Stetson University and graduated at the top of her class, receiving her B.A. in Communications in May 2009. She will graduate with an M.Ed in Training and Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in June 2012. She worked in Admissions and Student Life at Seminole State College for three years and is now a full-time author, speaker, and consultant.

Isa has spoken for organizations such as the National Council on Student Development (an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges), Phi Theta Kappa, The Hope CommUnity Center (an advocacy and support center for migrant farmworkers and their families), Pasco-Hernando Community College, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Bristol Community College, The Florida College System Student Government Association, and one of the Nation's largest universities, The University of Central Florida.

Adney is married and lives in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about Isa and her speaking visit isaadney.com.

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I highly recommend for any seniors in high school, college students, universities or anyone wanting to go back to school to read this book.
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This book will make you rethink the community college experience.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shiena on March 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Isa Adney is helping break the negative stigma associated with students who go to a community college. I know from first hand experience that the tips Isa provides in this book are guaranteed to help any student on their path to professional and educational success. This book is a resource and success starts with getting involved and using your resources. Any student who wants to better themselves needs to read this book ASAP.

In addition to this book her blog and [...] page are helping students everywhere learn how to better themselves for their bright futures ahead of them.

This book was a fun read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Clark on March 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Administrators need to read this as much as students do--it's amazing how quickly you can forget what life is like on the other side of the fence. I'm a librarian at a 4-year regional public university that has a large transfer population as well as a Ph.D Student in Higher Ed Administration. Community College Success really helped me put myself in transfer students' shoes in a way I hadn't before. This book is GREAT and I highly recommend it to anyone working in higher education.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary D on March 6, 2012
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I almost didn't read this book, as I am the President of my chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and didn't think that I would need any help in community college success. But I was given the opportunity to read it, and was blown away by the amount of practical advice in the book regarding schools, jobs, and life. Little tips (Such as how to know if your instructor should be referred to as Mr/Mrs, Instructor, or Professor) were abundant in this book and even though I have been out in the world before school, I learned a lot. Isa is at the top of her game and is someone I would always refer to others. Her speeches can be viewed online and I have watched several, and it is clear that she is not only knowledgeable about this topic, but passionate about it as well. Highly recommend seeing/reading anything she does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on April 2, 2012
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Great book at a great price. As a fellow recipient of the $110,000 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship mentioned in her book, I can attest that the book is essencial reading for anyone entering community college, transferring from community college, or embarking on the journey of post-graduate life. The book is broken down into 20 concise chapters in an easy to read format where Isa touches on some of the most important points of community college, four year college, and the process of moving up in the world. I found the recipe for success greatly matched my own, as a transfer from a community college to an ivy league university, and contained additional points that I repeatedly go back to when I need inspiration. To the aspiring success story, I promise the Isa Adney book will take you there with some hard work, and a close following of her advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 10, 2012
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This book is NOT only for community college students. EVERYONE could use some advice from this book including individuals who are in a bachelor's degree program, individuals going to graduate school, and graduate students. It gives networking advice that will last for a lifetime. Isa's story and the people in her novel she has quoted will intrigue you. Her book can even be used as a pep talk for people who have a degree and have been unemployed for awhile. It's a book worth its price and a book you'll keep for a lifetime! I highly recommend it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Tarantino on March 7, 2012
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This book touches on some of the most important topics related to the selection, survival, and thriving within a college environment. Isa speaks very conversationally in this book and really knows her stuff. This book is a MUST READ for anyone in college or entering college (not just community college).

My favorite part of her book is the quotes woven in throughout her insight - these quotes and testimonials from real college students support her work and really solidify the action items discussed. Enjoy this one, it will be a great addition to your book collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarina Lambert on March 15, 2012
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I have been elated to finally get to read this amazing book. Let me tell you it surpassed all of my expectations. I am a single mom age of 38 going back to college. I assumed, I knew it all. However, regardless of age, Isa is correct, it feels alone on a journey of the unknown. I can assure you from experience, every last detail, even as minute or meaningless one may think it to be, I assure you every little bit helps. I am so blessed to not only have a book available at an affordable rate, (one can't afford NOT to buy it), but I learned a lot from Isa's Book I had not thought about or known or had forgotten to do. I have been following all of her blogs etc...THE BEST part of the book, is she has been there, done that and bought the Tshirt and wrote about it in a noncondescending way. I will leave you with this to ponder, would you go to a heart doctor for your diabetes? So go to the specialist and in this case ISA ADNEY IS the specialist. Bravissimo Isa and thanks so much for your help. You could have kept it all to yourself, however, you didn't. That shows the kind of person you are. Thanks.~ Sarina L.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hthomas2008 on March 6, 2012
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Isa Adney is an an inspiring motivational speaker that rocked the Community College population with her presence and advice. Take it from her with her personal stories and experience of being a College student, she knows how to be successful and wants to help you too to do the same. read her inspirational story of how she became successful and how she continues to make an impact on people all over the nation. Read quotes from other students who have been successful and find out ways to improve your community college experience. Read Community College Success TODAY!
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