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How to Survive Your Freshman Year: By Hundreds of College Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors Who Did (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides) Paperback – March 10, 2008

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For 13 years, you've worked and waited for this time to come.

You've endured lectures and practices, written hundreds of essays, and passed thousands of papers forward. You've slept through more classes than you'd ever admit to your parents. You've gotten energized by teachers you'll never forget.

Now you're ready for the next step: college. You leave soon, and while you're excited, you're also scared to your bones.

Will you like your roommate? How will you find your classes? Will the pressure to party ramp up a dozen notches?

Take a deep breath and go find "How to Survive Your Freshman Year" by Hundreds of Heads LLC. This book is going to make the next 10 months the best ever.

Right about now, you're throwing things in a box and getting ready to move into your dorm or off-campus housing.

Or at least you're thinking about it.

The first thing to remember is not to over-pack, particularly if you're going to be living in a teensy room. Take your favorite blanket and pillow, your music and a really good alarm clock, and be judicious in what else you pack. If you can, talk with your roommate so you don't bring duplicates.

And about that near-stranger you'll be living with: There's lots of advice on roommates in this book. First, and maybe the most important, is to ask for a transfer if you absolutely can't stand one another. Learn to be flexible and accommodating. Don't choose a roomie you already know. And for heaven's sakes, get out of the dorm often!

On that note, beware. Freshman year means going a little wild, but not too wild. Party, but remember that you're there to go to class and get a degree. Set aside time to study, don't push yourself into any relationship, and make friends with your R.A. and the professors. Have fun but be responsible. Freshman year is the time to learn more about you, but do it safely.

And the biggest thing to remember: College is not high school.

For parents and students alike - particularly if this is the first child off to a higher education - going off to college can be emotional and difficult. For students, "How to Survive Your Freshman Year" may be a lifesaver. For parents, it's a relief to have reminders reiterated in print.

Written by hundreds of past freshmen and upperclassmen, this book (updated in a third edition) is filled with words from the trenches. Although there's plenty of conflicting advice (Take a computer, don't take a computer. Stay in a dorm, get an apartment.), it's going to give the Class of 2012 a few things to ponder and some direction in this time of thinking amok.

Keep in mind that this book is for college freshmen only and positively not for someone entering ninth grade in high school. Whether your newly minted college freshman will attend a private school, HBCU, tech school or state university, grab this book. For them, "How to Survive Your Freshman Year" jumps to the head of the class. -- Savannah Morning News, July 21, 2008

In this 302-page book, find clever and humorous advice from students who have already blazed the trail... -- Pensacola News Journal, May 2, 2008

From the Publisher

How to Survive Your Freshman Year sits at the top of its class: * #1 Bestselling College Guide Book * Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Magazine * Voted among the Top 40 Young Adult books by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association * Recommended Reading by Positive Teens magazine, June 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books; 3rd edition (March 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933512148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933512143
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First of all, I would like to point out that I just graduated from high school and will be a freshmen next year. I bought this book in hopes that it would help with the anxiousness I was feeling regarding the transition to college. I'm glad to say that after reading this book, I felt far more prepared for college than I did before I read this book.
What I liked most about this book is that the authors found and interviewed students from all types of colleges across the US. Students from small colleges, large colleges, public colleges, private colleges, and anything else in between. Many of the students gave the same or similar recommendations/suggestions. Some people may find that repetitive or redundant but I found it reassuring. It was reassuring to know that students from completely different colleges agree on certain aspects of college life. There were some opinions that were opposite and some people may find that it is strange for authors to give contradicting information. I, however, found that each person who gave their opinion also explained their reasoning behind their opinions. This made it easier to pick sides and pick who you really agree with.
The reason I gave this book a 4/5 instead of a perfect score was because it lacks the authors' opinions. The authors of the book were the ones who interviewed the thousands of students and I'm sure that not everything that was said by the students made it into the book. If the authors had given their opinion as well, and maybe summarized or pointed out specific things they noticed in what the students said, then that would've left me with more of a satisfying feeling after reading the book. When I finished the book, I was unsure as to what exactly it was the authors wanted me to get from the book.
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If I were 18 years old and about to go off to college I would consider this an interesting book to read. I would devour it in one gulp racing from one quote to another, from one bit of dubious advice to the next at breakneck speed. In fact to save a few bucks I might read it while hanging out at Borders. Would I be any the wiser or better informed? Would this book actually help me to survive my freshmen year?

Actually it might. Although the advice is almost random, and sometimes contradictory, and coming from people who went to very different schools with very different environments, from a heartland state university to Harvard, from people who have no money to the very rich, there is some advice somewhere in these pages I suspect that will help just about every freshman.

As an old foge who hasn't seen hallowed halls in decades, this book provided not usable advice, but a kind of window into the mind of today's college student. I learned--no surprise really when you think about it--that one of the things that people going into college worry about today is gaining that "freshman 15"--that is to say pounds of fat. The main debate seems to be around whether cafeteria food is edible or not or how many days in a row you can subsist on pizza and beer. "Amy," from Princeton University says, "The freshman 15 happens to everyone, and don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise." (p. 156) Best advice in the food category came from Chavon Mitchell, a Xavier grad, who wrote, "...my friend and I would scour the campus paper and fliers for events with free food...We would end up at academic speeches, random barbeques, or various group meetings, none of which we belonged to or knew anything about...We ended up eating for free at least three to four times every week....
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This book makes me feel like I have a thousand friends to call for advice. One person suggests that Freshmen should check out ratemyprofessor.com I had no idea that that existed. There's also advice on how to study, where to meet new friends, partying etc. The book's pretty funny, too.
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By Liz on April 13, 2006
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This is the best gift for a high school senior. The new one is even better than the last edition....
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I read this book as a college senior, and was hit with a wave of "Wow, this would have been so helpful to have three years ago!" This book is stellar - real advice that is, admittedly, all over the board. Since the book is made up of tidbits from hundreds of people, some of it is in direct conflict with itself! But that's the beauty of it - there's plenty to every side of all the arguments in here.

Does this book tackle touchy subjects like drinking, sex, and questionable academic practices? Yes, of course. But that's because these are things students have to deal with at every college - from the most conservative Christian school to the biggest party school. If you are a parent and you don't think your soon-to-be-college-freshman child can handle it, then you are simply sending them to school unprepared. These are topics they will have to deal with no matter what - why not read this book, have your kid read the book, and then discuss the topics afterward?

The reason this book didn't get the 5th star is that I don't feel it tackles money topics very well. That's, of course, a limitation of the people that were interviewed for the book. But I feel like more needs to be said about how to budget, spend responsibly, and prepare for real-world finances. If you're giving this book as a gift to a soon-to-be-freshman, supplement it with a beginning financial book, as well.
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