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The Freshman Survival Guide is a strikingly clever work from Bradbury and McGarvey in which the potentially tremulous first weeks of college life are dissected into 25 must know survival tips. From healthy relationship building to avoiding the disastrous pull of procrastination, the guide colorfully dispenses common sense and holistic development. The newest members of any college community will find in this guide a wonderful blend of down-to-earth advice and answers to the deepest of life questions. It is not afraid to address the big life questions of faith, service, the meaning of life and one's spiritual journey. I can not think of a better gift to give a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, a godchild or grandchild who is heading off to college.―Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

College students arrive on campus with impressive resumes and advanced academic skills. Many, however, do not have the ability to confront the profound questions of meaning, values or spirituality that will face them as they enter the adult world. This book makes an important contribution to helping college students navigate these defining moments."
Wayne L. Firestone, President, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

About the Author

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is a contributing editor at BustedHalo.com and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry. Two decades of launching young people into college life have given her a unique perspective into the challenges they face, their fears and concerns, and the real risk involved in beginning college.

Bill McGarvey is the editor-in-chief for BustedHalo.com. He has written and commented extensively on the topics of pop culture and faith for NPR, The Tablet (in London), Time Out New York, Sirius-XM Radio, Commonweal, America and Book magazine




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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446560111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446560115
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nora Bradbury-Haehl has worked with teenagers and college students for over twenty years. Two decades of launching young people into college life have given her a unique perspective on the challenges they face. "The Freshman Survival Guide" emerged from that work. She is a contributing editor for BustedHalo.com. She authored "ScriptureWalk", and "ScriptureWalk: Discipleship", and was a writer for "Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics" all with St. Mary's Press. Most recently she authored Sunday Prayer for Teens with Liturgy Training Publications. She is a popular speaker and workshop leader and has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference.

Nora grew up in a big family, is the fifth of seven daughters (nope, no boys) and thrives in the chaos. She is an advocate for young people and likes providing opportunities for them to talk about the things that really matter. She and her husband Greg have four children and more pets than they can count.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sawyer on August 15, 2011
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I was the first in my family to go away to college, and as the oldest of all the cousins, I didn't really have someone that could give me advice on the major transition I was about to go through. I had all the guides in the world to help me get IN to college, but now that I was actually there, I felt a bit panicked. I wish I had this guide back in 2005 when I started school!

The Freshman Survival Guide doesn't just skim the surface. It takes a real, honest look at the logistical, academic, social, and emotional issues students will face during their first year at school, and gives thoughtful advice that comes from students, professors, and experts alike. Every incoming freshman should read this book.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By b3mcg on May 4, 2011
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jmm on May 22, 2011
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My daughter is heading off to college this fall. Here is all the information I want her to have presented in a way that's appealing to her. Perfect!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rx Rx on August 29, 2013
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I bought two books as a gift to my son and his girlfriend for the graduation day. They both liked this book. It's an easy to read book with practical advices on many apects of campus living and relations with other students. My son admitted this book was helpful. I'd suggest to combine it with Professor's Guide The Secrets of College Success that focuses more on academics and learning strategies. These two books together will do a favor to your freshman.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frank Budd on May 24, 2011
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Very helpful book. So many freshman come to college ill prepared for the academic and social challenges they will face. This book gives them a helping hand.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GMA 1990 on June 29, 2013
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This book covers many issues that freshmen face co-habituating at school. It is plainly written and offers strategies to resolve differences before they become huge obstacles to rooming together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brown_Megan on December 5, 2012
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This is a great college Freshman resource! A lot of common sense, but sometimes it's nice to hear. Great read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Valentine on August 1, 2012
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Loved this book as a gift for a recent grad. It's balanced, well written, responsible, and fun. Highly recommended for high schoolers looking forward to college, and for their friends, parents, relatives, and friends them looking for a great gift idea.
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