Title: "How to Survive Your Freshman Year: By Hundreds of Students and Some Great Advisors"
Author: Hundreds of Heads publishers, 236 pages (compare prices)
Finalist for: Best Survival Guide for College Kids
Details: Now in its fourth edition, this best-seller is not only a popular high school graduation gift, it's the kind of book that parents read cover to cover before handing it off to junior. Like its sister, "How to Survive Getting Your Kid Into College" (which is a nominee for best survival guide for college parents), this book offers survival tips from the people who know this territory best: college students and recent grads. It includes everything from what to pack to where to study, as well as advice on Greek life and campus safety. Plus: tips on how not to drop-out, from people who did.
Excerpt: Don't read in your bed; you'll fall asleep. I would read in my bed and, obviously, fall asleep. When you're in your bed, that's what you do. And you start associating reading with falling asleep so anytime you try to read anywhere, you fall asleep. Don't read in your bed. - Bethany, James Madison University, senior