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Everything You Need to Know Before College: A Student's Survival Guide Paperback – May 16, 2006
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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.
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.
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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"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.Read more ›
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A handy book indeed for most college students to take a look for. It's not the end all of advice, and perhaps you will have seen what some of it says, however, it can be very... Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by Jon Blackwell
actually, I loved this, after researching for weeks... but got it and washed dishes and it was not waterproof!Published on July 14, 2014 by laura condon
This book was so poorly written, it's almost laughable... a book about education riddled with spelling and grammatical errors? What a joke. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Kelly
Yes, I've got a Bachelor's degree. Yes, I have a Master's degree. No, I'm not planning to go back to college for any degree or undercover for the FBI (although I would be open to... Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Melissa A. Cooper
Everything You Need to Know Before College by Matthew Paul Turner is a Christian-based survival guide for teens that are heading to college. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by Randy A Brown