Book Review | How to Survive Your Freshman Year

Title: How to Survive Your Freshman Year (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides)

About the Book:

How to Survive Your Freshman Year — the perennial best seller — is brand new this year in a new 4th edition. Packed with over 1,000 pieces of real-life advice from hundreds of students who survived their freshman year at more than 100 colleges across the country, the book has become a must have and perfect high school graduation gift. How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers great advice on how to find friends and enjoy roommates, choose the best courses and majors, ace classes and exams, live on a budget, master the social scene, deal with college food and laundry – and much more.

My Review:

My niece is going to university in the fall and she has been asking me for advice and information about all types of things – residence life, making new friends, choosing courses and all types of other school-related topics. It has been a number of years since I went to university (I dread to think how many!) so when I had the chance to read and review How to Survive Your Freshman Year, I thought it would be a great way to bone up on these topics for my discussions with my niece.

This book is American, which does mean that some of the information is not applicable to attending post-secondary institutions in Canada, but I found that element to be a minimal part of the book. For the most part, the ideas and thoughts imparted are applicable no matter where you are attending school.

This was the first time I’d ever read a book in the “Hundreds of Heads” series – the book actually divides itself into chapters by general topics and then provides quotes from interviews with experts in the field – in this case the experts are the students themselves, as well as staff members of various universities. It also has a section in each chapter on “Top Tips” as well as some other small sections between the quotations.

With chapters such as “Food for Thought: Pop-Tarts, Beer & Other Essential Nutrients”, “Hitting the Books: Why, When and How to Study” and “Family Ties: Keeping in Touch & Setting Boundaries”, this book covers many elements of the academic and social aspects of student life.

I really enjoyed this book – I found it easy to read and follow and I thought it provided some excellent tips on how to deal with many of the issues I remember facing as a young student away from home for the first time. I would recommend this book – in fact, I plan to pass it along to my niece to help her in her new role as a post-secondary student this fall!

*I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a free copy of the book to read and provide an honest review of its contents. The opinions are entirely my own and may not reflect your own opinion upon reading the book.*

Thanks to Cadence Group for the review opportunity!



Susan is married and lives in Ontario, Canada. She is loves to read, work out, spend time with her family and try new things!

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