How to Succeed in College and Beyond is an insightful, inspired guide to the undergraduate experience that helps students balance the joy of learning with the necessity of career preparation.
Features a wealth of advice for getting the most from an undergraduate education, especially inthe areas of arts and humanities, written by an experienced educator and mentor
Covers the entire undergraduate experience, from high school preparation, applications,financial aid, each undergraduate year from freshman to senior, junior year abroad course selection, and extra-curricular activities, to independent study, honors essays, graduate school, dissertations, and career searches
Discusses the benefits of pursuing an arts and humanities degree including how to write effectively, speak articulately, and think critically and discusses how to balance the joy and practicality of education in terms of getting vocationally-focused qualifications.
Packed with information that is as helpful to students as it is to their parents, teachers, and advisors, this guide is a indispensible resource for prospective and present undergraduates
Acknowledgments ix 1 Introduction: How to Succeed in College and Beyond: The Art of Learning 1 Part I Beginnings 13 2 How to Prepare for College 15 3 The College Olympics: How to Choose the Right College and How to Get the Right College to Choose You 24 Part II The College Experience 39 4 Twenty Suggestions for Incoming College Freshmen 41 5 Nineteen Suggestions for College Sophomores 52 6 Suggestions for College Juniors: Balancing the Joy and Practicality of Learning 57 7 Making the Most of Your Senior Year in College 66 8 Planning for the Future: Suggestions for Seniors Graduating from College 72 Part III Further Essentials 79 9 Seventeen Suggestions for How to Choose Classes in College 81 10 The Greek System: Should You Join a Fraternity or Sorority? 87 11 More Thoughts on the College Experience: Brief Observations and Suggestions 98 12 Growing Young Adults: What Parents Need to Know About Their Children in College 105 Part IV The Value of the Humanities 109 13 Why Study the Humanities? 111 14 Do the Humanities Help Us Understand the World in Which We Live? 117 15 What to Do with a Bachelor of Arts in English 124 16 Does It Make Sense to Pursue a Humanities Doctorate? The Pros and Cons of Graduate Education in the Humanities 131 Part V Perspectives of a Professor 141 17 Are Teaching and Research Mutually Exclusive? 143 18 The Classroom as Opportunity: Teaching Students How to Enjoy and Understand Literature, Read Closely, Write Lucidly, and Think Independently 148 19 Changing the World One Step at a Time: Comparing Contemporary Students with Those of the Explosive 1968 1970 Period 162 Works Cited and Select Bibliography 174 Index 181