WERE YOU EVER ASKED “Why are YOU going to college?” This simple question can or could have made a major difference in your college experience and your life, if you had a plan. There’s a thin line between success and failure and sometimes that line of demarcation a blurred.
NO MATTER WHAT YOUR FAMILY or FRIENDS SAY “once you hit campus, it’s what’s in your head that really matters.” Maybe the YOU is your child, or yourself, either way MAKING COLLEGE COUNT – A Real World Look at How to Succeed In and After College, Ed. 2 by Patrick S. O’Brien can point you in the right direction.
THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE that know from birth what career path they want to follow and then there’s the rest of us. For some navigating the “world of college” can be daunting and overwhelming to say the least. It’s easy to quit before you really get started or at the first sign of failure.
MAKING COLLEGE COUNT is structured to take the guess-work out of almost every question a parent or student may have. It is also a good resource for someone looking to reinvent themselves in a new industry. The author suggests that by following his seven “pillars of success” that calls his “Winning Characteristics” or core competencies any student will have a successful future and have a greater chance of landing their “dream job” or career after college.
THE SEVEN PILLARS spell out the word COLLEGE (pretty clever!!!)
- C = Communication Skills ~ ” Concise, complete presentation of a situation, a problem, or a proposed solution in an organized manner is a fundamental skill that you’ll need to master… Communicating is not just about getting the message out – it’s about someone else getting the message in.”
- O = Organizational Skills ~ “Strong organizational skills are a must…it’s effective multitasking that employers will be looking for.”
- L = Leadership ~ “Don’t wait to be great! If you want to prove yourself, get elected to a key office and perform at a high level to make a real difference. You’ll need to be in that group for 2-3 years.”
- L = Logic ~ “The ability to think your way to a solution play a key role.”
- E = Effort ~ “Lots of people talk a big game. [Employers] want people who play one.”
- G = Group Skills ~ “The ability to work effectively with others…and building quality relationships… is critical to success.”
- E = Entrepreneurship ~ “Embracing change and being able to adapt quickly when a new approach is adopted makes you a strong potential contributor to an organization for decades to come.”
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “If a professor says something three or four times…highlight the fact that it was heavily emphasized. You will see it again on exam day.”
- “In 2009, more than three out of ten freshmen…did not return to school as sophomores.”
- When studying for finals, “Make your study schedule starting with your last test first and work your way back in reverse order from there.”
MAKING COLLEGE COUNT is an easy to read, straight to the point book that gives you a lot of useful, practical advice. Packed with numerous pearls of wisdom, best practices and key takeaways to assist the most clueless to the most astute student, parent or academic advisor. Although the author, Patrick S. O’Brien writes “Every piece of advice in this book is not meant to be followed literally,” it is an excellent choice for this year’s high school student because “The world has changed, and so have the criteria for excelling in it.”
Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates MAKING COLLEGE COUNT as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs)…just the right mixture of content and pages.
Disclaimer: This book was received for free from the author for an unbiased review. Permission granted by the author.