I came into college at Miami University in the fall of 2011 as an 18-year-old who thought he knew it all, but quickly realized I didn’t know anything, at all.
Like many students, the transition from high school to college was uncomfortable, awkward, and downright difficult at times.
Pretty soon, I tons of questions that no one—my friends, RA, parents, academic advisors, and professors—had the answers to. Questions like:
- Should I hang out with my high school friends or branch out to find out of state friends?
- Is there any other way to ensure I do well on my exam than studying all night without sleep?
- Should I go Greek or not, and why?
- How do I decide on a major when I have no idea what I want to do?
- Is it possible to do well in school, have a social life, and make time to get enough exercise and sleep in during the week?
- How do I set myself up to get the best internships?
- Is going to office hours worth my time?
- Are student organizations worth the time commitment?
Because I didn’t know these answers, during my college career I tripped, got beat up, and took my bruises. That’s until senior year, when I put it all together for the perfect year.
Senior year, I mastered my schedule to get an A grade in all my classes, locked down a high-paying job post-graduation, led a student organization as president, worked part-time, went out during the week without any consequences, put on 20 pounds of muscle, and slept eight hours a night.
It felt great to be in total control and have each aspect of college firing on all cylinders.
Then I wondered how much better my college experience would have been if I knew as a freshman what I knew as a senior.
Why I Wrote How To College
I can’t go back in time to start college over. However, I realized I can do one better by passing along what I learned so you, and other students, can get the most out of college.
And that’s exactly why I wrote How To College, so you have a guide to crush it without having any big regrets. Regardless of what area you’re struggling with at school, this book has the solution to improve your situation and make you happier.
I also wrote this book because I have a strong emotional connection to the college life stage.
College is where I grew up from a boy into a man.
College is where I started TakeYourSuccess.com and found that I love the activity of creation, which then led to me to become an entrepreneur and author.
College is where I developed my values, passions, and ambitions that continue to pave the way for the rest of my life.
As you can see, I have so much to be thankful for my time in college. And I know that you, the college student reading, has the same potential to design the life you want in college and then achieve it.
So, do you know what makes you happy? Do you have dreams? Do you know how you’re going to bring value to other people’s lives?
If you’re in college, you’re the lucky one. Because if you were any younger, you wouldn’t have the maturity or mental ability to design your life. And if you were much older, you wouldn’t have the freedom to do what you love with no questions asked.
I spent hundreds of hours researching and writingHow To College for you. You can choose to ignore it and continue what you’ve doing. Or you can choose to read this book and get serious about your life and your happiness now.
Who Is This Book For
1. High school seniors
There’s resources everywhere you look for how to get into college. Test prep services, high school counselors, and your parents hold your hand every step of the way.
But when it’s time for actual college preparation, you’re out of luck and on your own.
I didn’t have any idea of what I got myself into leading up to my first semester of college. Because of that, I made tons of mistakes.
And the annoying part is these mistakes would have been avoided, well most of them, if I knew what to expect before entering college.
When you know what’s coming, everything becomes easier. Your adjustment from living at home to living in the dorms is smoother. You start stronger in your classes. And know what to look for in your friend group and ditch the losers.
That’s why I’d recommend any high school senior to order How To College.
2. College underclassmen
College is a completely different world than high school.
You’re now sharing a dorm room with someone for the first time in your life, which results in arguments and disagreements you don’t need.
Your classes are harder and require more work than ever. That means it’s so long for just going to class and retaining all the information for the exam without studying.
You have the pressure to pick a major that you’re not ready to commit to because you don’t know what you want to do in life. You don’t want to pick the wrong major but you feel inadequate for not having one.
But my book addresses all these stress-producing college realities and gives you a roadmap to solve them all. It dives into how to stay physically and mentally healthy.
It explains exactly how to communicate with your roommate to resolve conflict, the exact study strategies to ace all of your classes, and why you should follow your passion instead of picking a major.
You’ll feel so good when you’re running your college life and it’s not running you to the ground because of this book.
3. College upperclassmen
A few people have asked me if How To College is only for freshman and maybe sophomores. I told them no way!
If anything, there are more college rules (of the 80) that apply to juniors and seniors over freshman or sophomores. For example, the Career section has 7 rules and the Dorms section has 5 college rules.
And one of the most important aspects to a successful and exciting life is continual learning. Upperclassmen who continue to learn only improve their life, while those who stop learning are going to trend downward.
Pick up How To College to keep learning and use the productivity, career, and personal development tactics for the rest of your life after graduation.
4. College parents
As a parent, you love your college student. And you’ve done everything you could up to now to put your kid in position to succeed.
You’ve raised them the right way, been there for them at every stage of their schooling, and paid God knows how much money for them to have the skills to do well in life.
But now you feel helpless that they’re off at college and there’s nothing you can do.
Give them the gift of How To College and you can be confident they have a guide to help them navigate dorm life, classes, extracurriculars, staying healthy, and career steps.
Or if you’re like many parents who want to understand what your kid is dealing with because you’re 25 years removed from the university scene, this book will paint a clear picture for you. That’s worth it on its own.
You’ve read about the four main target audiences. But I’m certain that the rules in the book’s Social Life, Health and Fitness, Productivity, Career, and Personal Development sections are relevant at any stage of adult life.
For example, I’ve had someone as old as 76 years old read the book and say How To College could be titled How To Life.
I have nothing else to say, besides what are you waiting for? Order How To College to get the secret weapon that propels you to success in all areas of college.