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Everything You Need to Know Before College: A Student's Survival Guide Paperback – May 16, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1576839737 ISBN-10: 1576839737

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (May 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576839737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576839737
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THIS IS IT. THE ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR QUESTIONS. [about college anyway] College. The utopian playground with no curfews, endless dating possibilities, and a blank check to write your own future. Complete freedom. But then you wake up and discover you've traded your private room at home for a 12x12 cinder-block cell with a stranger. No more free meals. No personal laundry service. Trips to the shower now require flip-flops. Wait, why are you doing this again? Never fear, we're here to help. Everything You Need to Know Before College is a definitive, one-stop survival guide to the opportunities, challenges, and potential pitfalls of college life. More than just an introduction to university living, this book leaves no collegiate stone unturned as we explore: Being on your own for the first time Adapting to different personalities Dating smart in a no-rules environment Finding crucial friendships and Christian support How to make the most of your money Matthew Paul Turner turns the standard collegiate guide inside out, sharing insight with his unique twist of irreverent humor and bold honesty that will help you make the best choices for your life after high school.

About the Author

Matthew Paul Turner is the author of The Christian Culture Survival Guide (Relevant), The Coffeehouse Gospel (Relevant), Mind Games: Advice, Stories and Truth For Thinking Free (Tyndale), and Provocative Faith: Walking Away From Ordinary (Revell). Formerly the editor of CCM magazine and the music and entertainment editor of Crosswalk.com, Matthew is known for his shockingly honest portraits of culture, sidesplitting humor, and uncompromising passion. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Nashville.

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Matthew Paul Turner is the best-selling author of "Churched" and "Hear No Evil." He, and his wife, Jessica, along with their kids, Elias and Adeline, live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Brown on November 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm 17 and about halfway through my senior year of high school. I purchased this book in hopes of revealing some inside information about college life. I'm happy to say that it does not disappoint. "Everything You Need To Know Before College: A Student's Survival Guide" is very well-written and informative. Matthew Paul Turner is an excellent author who writes with real-world perspective and down-to-earth knowledge of the subject. It's both informative and entertaining at the same time. A word of warning though: this book is written from a born-again Christian perspective, so for you atheists out there, you might want to pass this one up. Also, the author went to Belmont college, which is a Christian school, so he might be a little biased or uninformed on some things. But it's all good. This book is excellent and should not be passed up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. G. K. Sanchez on March 21, 2007
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I ordered this book a few weeks back, because I was starting to get a little nervous about getting ready for school and what to expect exactly. Mathew Paul Turner, makes this book really enjoyable to read. I found his writing style to be very entertaining. Plus I think the book really hits some key points about what to expect as far as orginizations, friends, dating, class, and life in general at school will be. Now this book is definately from a Christian perspective, but I think it would just as well serve the purpose of a conservative person.

I guess I won't really know how accurate this was until I experience the real thing, but from the people I have talked to about college this book seems to nail the college experience so I can definately recommend it for that reason alone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By YoMama on July 15, 2008
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This book has a "born again" slant to it, but, as an informative and entertaining tool, its appeal could definitely be more widespread. Mr. Turner's writing style is so entertaining and the humor so enjoyable, that he makes the religious angle palatable for the non-believers, and nirvana for Christian teens. He makes the point, several times, that his Christian audience should be respectful of all cultures, creeds, and lifestyles.

Dating, dorm life, physical and emotional wellness, money, and educational involvement are covered. Humor is entertwined with good sense as each segment of the complete college experience is discussed. The warning to wear flip flops in the shower (p.87) is a good example of the mixing of humor with some pretty good advice. And really, a lot of this information would come in handy for thousands of noncollege bound young people - particularly,but not explicitly, Christian - heading out on their own. Kids will have roommates once they leave home, even if they are not in college. They still date, party, have financial dilemmas, and,hopefully, wear flip flops in the communal shower.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mocha with Linda on October 3, 2010
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This book has lots of good information for the student anticipating the start of college. It covers a wide range of information and has some practical tips about roommates, money management, extra-curricular activities, roommates, and more. My one complaint is that it is a bit dated, particularly in references to cultural trends, which surprised me for a book less than five years old. But the world changes rapidly now!=. This is a light-hearted book with lots of humor thrown in, which will likely appeal to its intended audience. If they took the time to update it, it could be a great book for a college-bound teen to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cole W. on December 31, 2011
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This review is based on the Kindle version.

Turner's survival book for college is helpful and insightful, however, consistent errors and flubs make this book a chore to read. For starters, the book is riddled with typos that could be fixed with simple stroke of the space bar. One of my favorite typos in this book was when the author was rattling off steps on a checklist prior to college:

Step #: GET YOUR EAR'S OIL CHANGED.

I wish I was kidding about that (and regardless, the pure absurdity of it makes it hilarious, so I guess it kind of isn't all that bad). But the one word that pops into my mind as I read this book is: unprofessionalism.

My views toward this stance were only strengthened with the author's seemingly inability to recognize that he is writing to a broad audience. With a title like "Everything You Need To Know Before College: A Student's Survival Guide", the audience reading the book is going to be broad. Therefore, I do not understand why the author consistently writes this book gearing toward a Christian audience. I have no problem with someone's beliefs, but when I am constantly reading that I should "Talk to God" or "Suppress your evangelical urges", I feel a little awkward. Interestingly enough, the contradictory advice on withholding the urge to spread your belief upon others is consequently broken numerously throughout the book as Turner attempts to shed his beliefs upon the reader.

The advice is sound, the personable voice is present, but the unprofessionalism is prevalent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ratingtheromances on September 7, 2010
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Perfect timing! I picked this book to review because my son is currently in his Senior year of high school. He has been homeschooled all his life and I was hoping this book would help him (and me) prepare physically and mentally for the big adjustment that is awaiting him in college. I was really pleased with the way the heavy subjects like sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. were discussed - in a tactful yet somehow light manner. Never preachy but definitely making the point. The author, Matthew Paul Turner, has a strange obsession with the TV series, A Full House, but is quite hilarious throughout the book. Here is a funny little example:

"I believe each of you, no matter your major, school or intelligence level, can find success at college. Success is why you're reading this book, correct? That, and the fact that your mother or father just handed it to you and said "Read this book." You probably looked at him or her and said, "Why should I?" And then your parent looked at you and said , "Because I got it on sale at Wal-mart, and I believe it will really help you get prepared for college." I'm not offended by your initial reaction to my book. I admit, I've written a somewhat geeky book."

I don't think his book is geeky, Quirky, yes. Geeky, no. Chapters include: Getting ready, Relationships, Lifestyle, Education, Wellness, Money, Involvement and Fun, which includes throughout bullet points, lists, checklists, comments from other students, and interesting college stories. No stone is left unturned as Mr. Turner discusses all subjects that a college student might have to face on their own.
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