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College Survival & Success Skills 101

College Survival & Success Skills 101 (2nd Edition)

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Get Off to a Fast Start in College! Avoid Pitfalls! And Do Well the First Year and Beyond!

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This invaluable guide, rich with anecdotes from students across the nation, is essential for any student who wants to improve time-management and study skills, boost a college GPA, get along with roommates, stay on track to graduate, become a world traveler with opportunities such as study abroad and find scholarships and awards to shrink the tuition bill.

Not only does College Survival & Success Skills 101 show you how to pack your college years with career-building experiences that can lead to graduate and professional schools clamoring to admit you and employers offering multiple job opportunities; this easy-to-use resource also shows you how to avoid many of the pitfalls on a college campus and still have fun.

Whether you're a college bound high school student, an interested parent or a currently enrolled college student, College Survival & Success Skills 101 is a navigational tool you can't do without.

College Survival & Success Skills 101 includes:

  • Easy-to-follow guidelines for succeeding in your classes and how to get help when you're not
  • No-fail techniques for securing high powered internships, co-ops, and summer jobs with a contact list for the top forty opportunities
  • An in-depth look at the top ten pitfalls to avoid in college
  • Step-by-step suggestions for building your credit responsibly and minimizing student loans
  • Ingenious strategies for combating loneliness and managing your social life
  • Little-known methods for winning scholarships and awards as a college student
  • Sure-fire ways to help high school students prepare to enter college including a "What I Wish I Knew Before . . . " section from current college students

As president of The Scholarship Workshop, author of the highly successful Winning Scholarships for College, and the winner of more than $400,000 in scholarship money, Marianne Ragins has worked with students, parents, and educators as a motivational speaker and educational professional dedicated to student success for nearly twenty years. Ragins also graduated summa cum laude, with an international internship, multiple job opportunities, and earned an MBA.


Table of Contents

  1. Campus Resources
    • Writing Centers
    • Academic Advisement Center
    • The Library
    • The Student Union
    • The Student Health Center
    • Other Resources
    • Top 12 Places to Find When You Arrive on Campus
  2. Using Campus Resources to Address Special Issues, Situations, or Problems
  3. Choosing a Major
    • Does the Major Really Determine Your Career?
    • If You're Not Progressing and Dread Going to Class, What Should You Do?
  4. Getting the Most From Your Classes and Your Professor
  5. On Track to Graduate: Time Management and Staying On Schedule
    • Time Management
    • Staying On Schedule
  6. Strategies for Boosting Your GPA and Developing Good Study Habits
    • Calculating Your GPA
    • Making the Best Grades
    • Developing Good Study Habits
  7. Learning Beyond the Classroom
    • Benefits
    • Experimental or Occupational Learning
    • Internships
    • Cooperative Education
    • Summer Jobs/Programs
    • Research Programs
    • Directed Individual Study (DIS)
    • Reading Courses
    • Internships, Co-Ops, and Summer Job Opportunities By Industry
  8. The International Experience
    • Going Abroad – The Basics
    • Overseas Job Opportunities
    • The Au Pair
    • International Internship
    • Volunteer Abroad—Work Camps, Farming, Field Research
    • Study Abroad
    • Immersion Programs and Intensive Language Study
  9. Other College Opportunities
    • University Exchange Programs
    • Double Major
    • A Minor
    • 3-2, 3-1, 2-2 Programs
    • Contests & Competitions
    • All USA Academic Team Competition
    • Global Youth Exchange Program
    • St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award
    • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
    • Honors Program
    • Interdisciplinary Programs
    • Early Admission Programs
    • Conferences/Forums
  10. Life After Class
    • Organizations and Activities
    • Scholastic Honor Societies
    • Honorary Recognition Societies, Fraternities, and Sororities Related to Field of Study
    • Sports and Other Activities
    • Professional Clubs/Societies/Associations
    • The Campus Ministry
    • Getting Along With Roommates
    • Romantic Relationships
  11. Fun Within the Walls
    • The Greek Life
    • College Parties and Pastimes
  12. Working Around Campus
    • Work Study
    • Community Service and Volunteering
    • Professional Trade Experience and Campus Organizations
  13. Networking and Professional Development
    • Receptions
    • College Recruitment Conferences/Job Fairs
    • Associations
    • Interviews
    • Information Sessions
    • Faculty and Staff
    • Graduate and Professional School Days
    • Networking Tools
    • Developing Interpersonal Skills
    • Writing Skills
    • Interviewing Skills
    • Leadership Skills
  14. The Student Entrepreneur
    • Advertising
    • Advice
    • Where Do I Get The Money To Pay Start-Up Costs?
    • The Mini Beauty Salon
    • Real Estate--Converting Homes to Student Apartments
    • Typing and Professional Services
    • Storage Services
    • Other Student Business Ideas
  15. The College Investor
    • Mutual Funds
    • Saving Bonds
    • Certificates of Deposit
  16. Building a Blue-Chip Stock Portfolio on a College Student's Budget
    • Discount Brokers
    • Companies Allowing Direct Stock Purchases
    • Investment Clubs
  17. Handling Credit Cards – Keys to Graduating With Little or No Debt
    • Common Credit Card Mistakes
    • Your Credit Report
  18. Student Loans and Your Future
    • Before You Borrow
    • Alternative Ways of Paying Off Education Loans
    • Why Credit Cards Are a Bad Idea for Funding an Education
  19. Getting More Financial Aid to Finish College
  20. I Am So Lonely Being Away From Home. What Can I Do?
  21. Top 10 College Pitfalls and Essential Tips for College Survival
  22. College Prep for High School Students
    • What I Wish I Knew Before I Entered College
    • Advice from Current College Students and Recent Grads
    • Keys to Preparing for College in High School
  23. Final Thoughts

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