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Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started College by Charmisse M. Owens is a guidebook for anyone thinking about attending college, students who are in the process of entry, and students who are perhaps struggling through their first year. Included in the book is information about student loans and finances, as well as good advice about what to do to save money on campus or make money through minor college jobs. The reader will also find helpful suggestions on dealing with being away from home, especially if they are in an out-of-state college. Also covered are ways to stay healthy in college (avoiding the Freshman Fifteen); ways to get involved in groups, clubs, and sports; ways to develop good studying habits; and how to look professional in the classroom setting. The book concludes with a Q&A that should be helpful for new students.
What I enjoyed most about Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started College is that author Charmisse M. Owens gives good advice to new college students without being preachy. This book was obviously written to help guide college students through a new experience in their lives, and the majority of the book is straight-forward advice with a personal edge. The college experience includes partying and relationships, and the author does not dance around these topics, but explains them and offers suggestions to keep the new student in good standing with a reputation that remains intact. Also, everything is included in the book, from the beginning financial startup to the end focus on graduation. With a daughter going into college in the fall, this book was an important read for my family. It is just the right length — not too long and not too short — and has a perfect amount of information about college. I would recommend it to both college students and their parents.