Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Book Review - A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student

A Short and Happy Guide to Being a College Student
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About the Book
In this important volume for every student, Prof. Paula Franzese, a nationally acclaimed educator, shares essential wisdom on how to be one’s best self in school and in life. A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT began as a set of letters that Professor Franzese wrote to her son as he was about to start college. The letters contained guidance, inspiration and motivation, particularly for those moments when doubt, worry or fear might come creeping in. As the letters piled up, her son said, “Mom, you should write a book.” The result is this inspirational companion for students of all ages to learn how to be the best they can be in and out of class.

The book shares heartwarming insights on how to navigate the academic and social challenges that school presents. It sets forth five guideposts for success as well as priceless advice on how to succeed in class, on exams, on job interviews, at work and in relationships.

A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT reveals how to find teachers and mentors who inspire, what to do in classes that are uninspiring, how to cope with stress and how to create value every day. It contains practical insights to help students navigate their way through new terrain to achieve success and, most essentially, significance. The book issues a call to service and a return to first principles. All royalties go to public interest law fellowships to help students to heed that call.

A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT contains chapters for students of all ages on:

  • How to arrive at a meaningful set of first principles
  • How to make wise choices
  • What to do in the presence of conflict or adversity
  • How to prepare for class and how to comport oneself in class
  • The interview: How to make a good first impression
  • What to remember whenever rejected or criticized
  • How to cope with a lackluster grade
  • How to successfully prepare for exams
  • How to write a good exam
  • How to find a career path
  • How to use social media responsibly.


Paula A. Franzese, the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School, is the creator and editor of the Short and Happy Guide series, and is the author of A Short and Happy Guide to Property and A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Law Student. She is an accomplished scholar in the arenas of government ethics, social justice and the allocation of property rights. Nationally renowned for her excellence in teaching, she is the unprecedented ten-time recipient of the Student Bar Association’s Professor of the Year Award, has been named “Exemplary Teacher” by the American Association of Higher Education and most recently was named one of only 26 “best law teachers in the United States.’’

My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really covers everything that you could think of in regards to making the most of your college experience and making good choices and dealing with other issues that may arise while you are at college. While this book was short, it covered quite a wide array of things to really your college years manageable. I loved how this book ended up covering everything from college relationships to grades, to faculty and more. This was very complete and a great gift for any student either attending or going to attend college soon.

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