UPDATE: Finalist, 2012 Readers' Choice Awards, in its category. Going to College or University? First Year? Want to kw what to expect? A quick search on Google or Amazon will reveal plenty of material, mostly written by profs, or deans, or counselors, or trusted experts, or graduating students. Not this book. Here, you'll find hundreds of students, mostly in their first year, telling stories about how it feels, as it happens. Some wise, some crazy. Some funny, some serious. Some sad, some scary. Advice: well yes, but like everything in this book, actually written by students for students, from their own experiences. Hundreds of stories in their own words. More than 200 voices. A worthwhile read for students, parents, teachers, counselors. The accompanying website has 130 more pieces, accessible from inside the book.
Dennis Field was a Student, a High School teacher, a Counselor, and a University Professor in Education. He has done extensive work in Science Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Competence, and Teacher Discipline. Nancy Gray worked as a High School teacher for many years. She is the mother of two teenage boys, one of whom is currently a university student. She now works in the field of Social Work. Dennis and Nancy published an earlier edition of First Year University: A Survival Guide in the mid 1980s. This new edition involved their visiting many more than 200 students at many colleges and universities across the US and Canada. Thus First Year University: A Survival Guide is three times the size of the original book. In addition, it has a web component, accessed from links in the printed and kindle editions. First Year University: A Survival Guide was selected as one of five finalists in the Readers' Choice 2012 Awards in its category.