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Real College: The Essential Guide to Student Life Paperback – August 31, 2004
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Real College masterfully presents critical information on key topics in a format that is engaging and entertaining. -- Julie C. Lythcott-Haims, Dean of Freshmen, Stanford University
Every student affairs office should recommend it. -- Loren Pope, author of Colleges that Change Lives and Looking beyond the Ivy League
Extremely funny, astonishingly helpful. Every college student and college-bound high school senior should read it. Period. -- Henry C. Moses, Headmaster, Trinity School and former Dean of Freshmen, Harvard College
Remarkably well written, truly reader friendly, and full of good ideas. I highly recommend this book. -- Richard J. Light, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education, Harvard University, and author of Making the Most of College
Stone and Tippett address serious, substantive, and challenging issues with deep psychological wisdom. This book is superb 'must' reading. -- Charles Ducey, Ph.D., Director, Bureau of Study Counsel, Harvard's Center for Psychological and Learning Services
About the Author
Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen teach at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Negotiation Project. They have been consultants to businesspeople, governments, organizations, communities, and individuals around the world, and have written on negotiation and communication in publications ranging from the New York Times to Parents magazine. Bruce Patton is also a co-author of Getting to Yes. Each of them lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Tippett developed and directed a student group at Harvard, which served as a resource for campus organizations in managing their conflicts. She is a student at Harvard Law School.
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This is a REALLY good book. I would recommend it for ANY student as well as any parent of a 4-year college bound student. Real College breaks down issues/concerns/challenges in a very real manner. For 222 pages of text, the authors are very comprehensive in the items addressed. [Even addressing the interpretation/misinterpretation of Email messages] The theme throughout the book is honest communication and being honest with one's self. Interesting tables contrast what a professor/parent says with what the student actually hears and vice versa.
Again - I would recommend this book to EVERY student bound for a 4-yr. college or university. (I will use this book in the University Succcess courses I teach.) While this book may not apply totally to the first year community college student or the first time university transfer student - there is enough here that both can apply to their college experience.
The key to this book is not the value of the information the authors provide. The issue is: Will the first year college student take this information and incorporate/apply it to themselves in order to create a successful, as well as satifying college experience?
Although I graduated from college in 2002 and believe that I had a wonderful experience, I cannot help but conclude that my college life would have been at least somewhat richer if I had read "Real College" before leaving home. On balance, I strongly recommend this book for any soon-to-be college student and/or his/her parents.