Dorm rooms, sororities, and unlimited freedom to do what you want… freshman year may sound like fun and games, but it can be a huge shocker when you don’t know what to expect. Surviving Rush, all-nighters, and roommate wars are only a few of the barriers that many incoming freshman aren’t prepared for. These five go-to guides are books that every incoming freshman should have in her going to college pack.
#1 U Chic: the College Girl’s Guide to Everything, by Christie Garton
With tips about everything from sororities and roommates, to studying and fitting in… this is the college handbook of every girls dreams. The best part is, it comes from the experts… girls who have been in your shoes once before. Put this book at the top of your packing list, because this is one hit you won’t want to miss. And the second edition comes out on April 1, so be sure to get your copy!
#2 You’re So Money, by Farnoosh Torabi
College finances can be stressful for both you and your parents. Being able to manage your money and survive on a budget is equally as important as being a great student. This is information that will not only help you in college, but also in the long run… especially when those college $’s add up faster than you know expect.
#3 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know: (Like Buying Your Books Before Exams Start), by Harry H. Harrison
One of the greatest difficulties of college is not having a “grown-up” next by your side to walk you through the steps being a student. From enrollment in classes, to buying your books… there are a lot of first-timers for freshmen that can be stressful with out the aide of a parent. This book will help ease a little of your stress, and help you prepare for future deadlines.
#4 A Girl’s Guide to College: Making the Most of the Best Four Years of Your Life, by Traci Maynigo
Ever wonder what you are supposed to do when your laundry piles up over your head in the first few weeks of school? What about how to shed some originality in your tiny bedroom? Avoid an extra phone call home for the week, because this book says it all… and the best part is it’s just for girls!
#5 The Naked Roommate: and 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, by Harlan Cohen
I’m sure you have heard the realities of roommate horror stories many times, but it may be especially scary now that it’s time to actually choose who you will be living with for the next whole school year. This book has some great tips on how to keep these stories as just a part of your imagination. Every college freshman needs some advice on sharing a room with a stranger, especially if you have never shared one before.
–By Kelly Leslie, San Francisco State University