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Everything You Need to Know Before College: A Student's Survival Guide Paperback – May 30, 2006
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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.
This book is truly a survival guide for going to college. It covers the opportunities, challenges, and potential pitfalls of college life, and shows how to overcome and cope with the situations a student is bound to come across.
Turner does a great job of explaining the realization of entering into college, giving students an idea of what they could be facing with professors, fellow students, and class workload. There is lots of practical advice on many topics including things like checking your grants and tuition, changing the oil in your car, dealing with a roommate, how to and how not to witness to others, how to get the most of your education without burning out, how to keep your religion in a secular college that's determined to make you lose it, and so much more. All of this and more are found in chapters titled getting ready, relationships, lifestyle, education, wellness, money, involvement and fun, and miscellaneous.
This book is a wealth of information for those going off to college. As a parent with children that are approaching college age, I can highly recommend Everything You Need to Know Before College for both parents and students.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
By: Matthew Paul Turner
The one thing you may want to purchase before heading off to college, is the book "Everything You Need To Know Before College". The author, Matthew Paul Turner, did a very nice job with outlining the book. He discusses things with students such as: "Getting Ready", "Relationships", "Lifestyle", "Education", and many more great topics of interest!
This book is great in the fact that it is packed full of useful and insightful information in it for both future and even present students to use. I loved how in each chapter he included the Word of God; applying our number one handbook in life, to this pratical little college handbook, was an awesome idea! This gives the student inspiration for whatever the topic might be, that they are reading about in the book. I truly enjoyed the humor thrown in by the author, which was a great way to relate to young people! This book would even be great for parents to read, before their children go off to college. It is fun, humorous, and inspiring yet it also has so much information, that you don't want to miss reading this one!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising