We wrote this book with three important points in mind: 1. You’re busy. Yeah, like you have time to read another book. Fact is, you’re already loaded down with enough textbooks to break Arnold Schwarzenegger’s back. So here’s what we did: we culled the most important information from hundreds of Web sites, books, magazines, scientific studies, and the experts themselves to present you with the essentials. Do you really have time to read a guide to college that spends six pages urging you to get involved in extracurricular activities (duh?) or thirty pages suggesting that you adhere to the kinds of safety precautions with which most third graders are already familiar? College in a Can dispenses with the lectures and gives you the information you need in a concise, fun format. No need to read this book from beginning to end—jump in anywhere. You have your own priorities, and whatever they are, we’ve tried to address them all. We’re hoping that you’ll thumb through the pages to find your own beginning, middle, and end, and that you’ll find something useful everywhere you look.
2. You’re smart. You wouldn’t have gotten into college without the ability to figure out certain basics for yourself. You already know that impressing your teachers will help you toward your goals, whatever they are. But did you know that there are five basic “prof profiles” and that there are simple ways to get on the good side of even the most challenging types? Similarly, we assume you’ve already figured out that you need to study for exams. But did you know that certain foods can help keep you alert during tests? We offer these, along with the best study tips and shortcuts out there, in the hope that you’ll find the most efficient methods that work for you. Think of yourself as being in college not necessarily to learn everything you need to know, but to learn how to learn in a classroom that’s even more important than the one you’re in now: life.
3. You’re there to have fun, too. We’re positive that some of the most important lessons you absorb in college won’t be learned in the classroom, so we’ve included plenty of information to help you through the parties, the relationships, and the good times that make up the college experience. We’re hopeful you’ll get a great education in the years that you attend college, but what a shame it would be to miss out on the fun of what could be the most carefree years of your life. The college urban legends you’ll find here, along with our list of wacky grants and scholarships, best movies about college, and Dave Barry’s hilarious guide to choosing a major, are included to remind you that laughter and good humor can help get you through the most trying times.
Think of college as the most lavish buffet you will ever experience. Try it all. Once you find your favorites, don’t be shy about going back for more.
Copyright © 2004 by Sandra Choron. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.