Sunday, March 27

Thriving at College - a review


Thriving at College is exactly what the title sounds like: a book about how to do well in college.  It is divided into four parts, covering faith, relationships, personal character, and academics.  Within each section, author Alex Chediak breaks down common mistakes which college students make.  These chapters include, “Treating College as if It Were High School,” “Refusing to Grow Up,” “Being a Flake,” and “Living For Grades.”

As a junior in college, I feel that Chediak gives excellent advice.  He truly understands problems that college students face, whether they’re freshman or seniors.  He addresses head on the problem of students seeing college as a time to have fun and goof off, explaining how academics should be the priority over video games and Facebook, as well as how to stand firm in Christian faith even in a secular college.  He also strikes a balance in his views.  While he may start a chapter explaining why students should put more time towards classes and less time gaming, he may end it by reaching out to students that do nothing but sit with a textbook in their nose all day and who only strive to make that 4.0 GPA.


Beyond this, he also hits on issues that some might avoid.  He reminds students that their college years are the years when they become full adults.  You start thinking for yourself and start making your own decisions.  For this reason, he recommends that students not call their parents to confer on every issue that comes up.  He cautions against parents bailing their children out of credit card debt.  While he acknowledges there are times to seek parental advice, and certainly doesn’t recommend making every decision alone, he sees a world where students call home to escape responsibility.

The thing which really makes Thriving at College work is that Chediak is a current college professor, teaching engineering and physicals at California Baptist.  He sees all of the problems that he describes.  He is also able to describe proper ways to interact with professors – especially when students start feeling a sense of entitlement.

This is a great read for high school graduates who are preparing for their first year at college.  It is also something that current students could learn from as well.

4/5 stars
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I received this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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