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A completely revised and updated values-based guide to navigating the first year of college that speaks to college students in their own language and offers practical tools that readers need to keep from drinking, sleeping, or skipping their way out of college.

In the four years since its initial publication, THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE has helped thousands of first year
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Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Center Street
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Daughter of Paper and Stone
Read and highlighted important parts for my sister. It got repetitive after a while and some of the advice I would not give (hence why there are a lot of side notes in her physical copy).

It is an overall guide that does its job. I cannot fault it for what it set out to do even if it was a bit full by the end.

3.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Anna
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Personally, the part of this book that I found most helpful was the chapter on procrastination. Aside from that, there were a couple of sentences that I found to be useful advice to me scattered throughout the various chapters, but overall the book didn't really do anything to help me. I wasn't expecting how much of this book would include/be based on religious perspectives, and that made me uncomfortable and annoyed. I also really didn't appreciate the condescending tone present throughout the ...more
Ashton Smith
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The summer between high school and college has been both very relaxing and very daunting for me, especially since I’m an only child. I’m about to take on the most significant change in my life without a whole lot of insight into what is to come. Though my parents have offered up their best answers to my never-ending stream of questions, my college decision isn’t much like the paths they took. For the past couple of months, I’ve felt like I’ve been in the dark about what t
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Vanellope
All in all, I'd say it'd pretty solid information. I wouldn't say it's indispensable, but there are some good tips and messages that could help people about to start college.

I will say though, it's very much centered on religion and often relies on religious leaders for support. It never felt preachy, and it does make sure to include a few different faiths, but it was something I wasn't necessarily expecting from the cover and summary. Obviously that doesn't mean non- or less- religious people
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Nolan Irish
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Personally, the part of this book that I found most helpful was the chapter on procrastination. Aside from that, there were a couple of sentences that I found to be useful advice to me scattered throughout the various chapters, but overall the book didn't really do anything to help me. I wasn't expecting how much of this book would include/be based on religious perspectives, and that made me uncomfortable and annoyed. I also really didn't appreciate the condescending tone present throughout the ...more
Drew
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
As a freshman in college, I learned some quality information throughout this lengthy book, but most of the book was redundant. It could probably be simplified to 100-150 pages. The focus was on topics that were arguably common sense, such as the importance of going to class or meeting new people. I also found it weird that most of this book was from a spiritual or religious perspective, with campus ministers being the main source of information or guidance. Overall I wouldn't recommend this to o ...more
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Kristie Storie Winston
Good info for teens heading to college!
Noelle
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
some reiteration from tips i’ve heard before but other than that, a great guide! I really liked the way it was written and the advice given - it had a different way of hitting me than other tips did
Grace
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The book was very informative and made me feel more prepared for my college journey.
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Nora Bradbury-Haehl is an author, speaker, and a nationally recognized voice in the conversation about youth and young adults. Her book The Freshman Survival Guide has sold over 130,000 copies. She’s worked as a development editor at Saint Mary’s Press, the leading Catholic publisher of religion and spirituality texts for teens in the United States. Nora came to publishing from more than twenty-fi ...more

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