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College in a can
Choron, Sandra.
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Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin, [2004]

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xx, 332 pages ; 21 cm
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"What's in, who's out, where to, why not, and everything else you need to know about life on campus"--Cover.

Includes index.
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Where you're going to college is just the first of the questions you'll face as you prepare to step onto the campus. But what happens once you're there? College in a Can is chock full of all the answers you need -- from what to bring and how to study effectively to what the best college radio stations are and how to meet new people. Here you'll find bite-size wisdom and entertainment in the form of more than 250 lists about the topics that matter most to college students. College life doesn't have to be full of unknowns, so open College in a Can to get a realistic idea of what it's all about.

Featuring #65533; The most common mistakes students make in choosing a college #65533; Things definitely not to bring #65533; Hints for coexisting peacefully with your roommate #65533; The best college movies #65533; Full-course meals you can make in your toaster oven #65533; Space-saving tips for even the smallest dorm room #65533; Thirteen ways to get a date #65533; Prof profiles #65533; Symbols to use when taking notes #65533; Tips for finding a job after graduation And much, much more!

Author Notes

Sandra Choron is a writer, editor, literary agent, book packager, and designer. She and her husband, Harry Choron, a graphic designer, are the authors of College in a Can, The Book of Lists for Teens, and The All-New Book of Lists for Kids, among other works.



INTRODUCTIONWe wrote this book with three important points in mind: 1. Youre busy. Yeah, like you have time to read another book. Fact is, youre already loaded down with enough textbooks to break Arnold Schwarzeneggers back. So heres what we did: we culled the most important information from hundreds of Web sites, books, magazines, scientific studies, and the experts themselves to present you with the essentials. Do you really have time to read a guide to college that spends six pages urging you to get involved in extracurricular activities (duh?) or thirty pages suggesting that you adhere to the kinds of safety precautions with which most third graders are already familiar? College in a Can dispenses with the lectures and gives you the information you need in a concise, fun format. No need to read this book from beginning to end-jump in anywhere. You have your own priorities, and whatever they are, weve tried to address them all. Were hoping that youll thumb through the pages to find your own beginning, middle, and end, and that youll find something useful everywhere you look. 2. Youre smart. You wouldnt have gotten into college without the ability to figure out certain basics for yourself. You already know that impressing your teachers will help you toward your goals, whatever they are. But did you know that there are five basic "prof profiles" and that there are simple ways to get on the good side of even the most challenging types? Similarly, we assume youve already figured out that you need to study for exams. But did you know that certain foods can help keep you alert during tests? We offer these, along with the best study tips and shortcuts out there, in the hope that youll find the most efficient methods that work for you. Think of yourself as being in college not necessarily to learn everything you need to know, but to learn how to learn in a classroom thats even more important than the one youre in now: life. 3. Youre there to have fun, too. Were positive that some of the most important lessons you absorb in college wont be learned in the classroom, so weve included plenty of information to help you through the parties, the relationships, and the good times that make up the college experience. Were hopeful youll get a great education in the years that you attend college, but what a shame it would be to miss out on the fun of what could be the most carefree years of your life. The college urban legends youll find here, along with our list of wacky grants and scholarships, best movies about college, and Dave Barrys hilarious guide to choosing a major, are included to remind you that laughter and good humor can help get you through the most trying times.Think of college as the most lavish buffet you will ever experience. Try it all. Once you find your favorites, dont be shy about going back for more.Copyright 2004 by Sandra Choron. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. Excerpted from College in a Can: What's in, Who's out, Where to, Why not, and everything else you need to know about life on Campus by Sandra Choron, Harry Choron All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xix
1 Collegeville, U.S.A.
Top 10 Worst Reasons for Choosing a Collegep. 2
12 Things You Probably Wish You Had Known Before You Got to Collegep. 4
7 Things About Ivy League Schools That They Don't Want You to Knowp. 5
17 Bizarre College Coursesp. 6
Some Student Statsp. 7
5 Weird College News Items, 2003p. 8
8 Ways in Which the Bible Would Be Different If College Students Had Written itp. 9
8 Presidents Who Never Attended Collegep. 10
Top 10 TV Shows Among College Studentsp. 10
Top 10 Magazines Among College Studentsp. 10
Top 5 Newspapers Among College Studentsp. 10
The 13 Most Important Issues Currently Facing the Nation, According to College Studentsp. 11
What College Students Really Wantp. 11
The Best Student Publicationsp. 11
The Top 12 College Radio Stationsp. 13
2002 CBI National Student Production Award Winners for Televisionp. 15
15 College Urban Legendsp. 16
2002 CBI National Student Production Award Winners for Radiop. 17
10 Haunted Collegesp. 20
The 25 Best College Nicknamesp. 22
The 10 Oldest Colleges in Americap. 23
6 Fraternities and Sororities for Gay Studentsp. 24
The 10 Most Difficult Colleges to Get Intop. 26
The 4 Youngest College Studentsp. 27
The 5 Most Notorious College Football Rivalriesp. 28
The 8 Most Common College Mascotsp. 29
Is Your College Gay-Friendly?p. 30
33 Successful People Who Never Graduated from Collegep. 31
14 Celebrities and Their College Majorsp. 32
10 Famous Resident Assistantsp. 33
24 Great Movies About College Lifep. 34
10 College Movie Bloopersp. 38
Life According to the Class of 2008p. 40
The 7 Oldest College Graduatesp. 41
2 College Life IOI
Carpe College: The Essential 67p. 44
The College Students' Bill of Rightsp. 47
28 Things to Bring to Collegep. 50
What Your Computer Color Says About Youp. 52
What Your Choice of Computer Font Says About Youp. 52
Smileysp. 53
The 10 Biggest College Time-Wastersp. 54
The 8 Hardest Things About Being a Freshmanp. 54
7 Ways to Tell Right from Wrongp. 55
15 Advantages to Living off Campusp. 56
16 Advantages to Living on Campusp. 57
24 Tips for Getting Along with Your Roommatep. 58
The Ideal Roommate for Your Astrological Signp. 60
The Roommates' Bill of Rightsp. 61
How to Fight Fairp. 63
Dorm Shui: 15 Space-Saving Tips for Small Dorm Roomsp. 64
13 Cheap Decorating Ideas for Your Dormp. 65
29 Instant Messaging Phrasesp. 66
10 Ways to Make New Friendsp. 67
10 Cures for Homesicknessp. 67
18 Ways to Get More Sleepp. 68
17 Ways to Avoid the Freshman Fifteen--or Twenty--or Thirtyp. 70
12 Tips for Surviving the College Cafeteriap. 71
How to Eat Healthy at 9 Fast Food Restaurantsp. 72
14 Safe Snacksp. 74
7 Top Snack Preferences Among College Studentsp. 74
What Your Snack Preference Says About Youp. 74
11 Meals You Can Make in a Toaster Ovenp. 76
8 Things to Consider Before You Have a Body Part Pierced...p. 77
... and 7 Things to Consider If You're Going to Do It Anywayp. 78
To Tattoo or Not to Tattoop. 79
10 Campus Protest Hot Spotsp. 80
How to Stage a Successful Campus Protestp. 82
How to Handle Racismp. 83
Fighting Hate on Campusp. 86
Greek Trivia--15 Factsp. 88
6 Myths (and Facts) About Hazingp. 89
Stop Hazing Now!p. 91
17 Examples of Hazingp. 92
4 Bad Reasons for Considering a Transfer to Another Collegep. 93
5 Good Reasons to Transferp. 94
7 Students Who Learned More on Their School Breaks Than They Did in Schoolp. 94
9 Good Reasons to Study Abroadp. 97
14 Reasons to Skip Classp. 98
9 Organizations That Sponsor International Volunteer Programsp. 99
10 Questions to Ask Before You Sign Up for an On-line Degreep. 101
12 College Habits That Follow You Homep. 102
3 Get Smart
Dave Barry's Guide to Choosing a Majorp. 104
8 Simple Secrets of Successful Studentsp. 106
11 Great Motivatorsp. 108
How to Calculate Your GPAp. 109
101 Books They Expect You to Have Read by the Time You Get to Collegep. 110
How to Get the Most Out of Orientationp. 118
Prof Profilesp. 119
What You Can Learn from the Syllabusp. 120
15 Tips for Course Selectionp. 121
How to (Really) Choose Your Majorp. 122
What Your College Major (Probably) Says About Youp. 124
5 Ways to Sleep in Class and Look As If You Are Awakep. 126
13 Strategies for Managing Your Timep. 128
7 Qualities of a Good Mentorp. 130
12 Common Supports for Students with Learning Disabilitiesp. 131
How to Size Up a Teacherp. 132
10 Things That Annoy Teachers the Mostp. 132
How to Understand Everything the Professor Saysp. 133
9 Tips for Meeting with--and Impressing--Your Professorsp. 133
5 Ways to Ask a Teacher for Helpp. 134
The 8 Links in the College Food Chainp. 135
9 Ways to Deal If the Teacher Hates Youp. 136
How to Stay on Top of the Grading Systemp. 137
How to Get a Grade Changedp. 138
The 10 Best Excuses You Can Give Your Professor If You Get Caught Sleeping in Classp. 140
15 Phrases to Listen for When the Teacher Is Lecturingp. 140
16 Tips for Taking Great Notesp. 141
10 Steps to Writing a Great Essayp. 142
70 Abbreviations and Symbols to Use When Taking Notesp. 143
11 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Turn In an Essayp. 145
10 Great Sources of Research Informationp. 146
4 Ways to Avoid Plagiarismp. 147
How to Give a Great Speech, No Matter How Nervous You Arep. 148
How to Win a Debate, Hands Downp. 150
8 Professional On-line Homework Help Resourcesp. 151
How to Customize Your Textbookp. 152
How to Preread Any Book in 30 Minutes or Lessp. 153
8 Ways to Jog Your Memoryp. 154
12 Mnemonic Devicesp. 155
16 Exercises for Overcoming Math Anxietyp. 156
The 3 Worst Places to Studyp. 159
5 Aromas That Help Keep You Mentally Alertp. 159
The 4 Best Places to Studyp. 159
If You Study to Musicp. 160
10 Exercises You Can Do at Your Deskp. 161
7 Common Distractions from Studyingp. 162
10 Study Habits That Really Workp. 162
How to Studyp. 164
How to Form Your Own Study Groupp. 165
5 Myths About Testsp. 166
28 Tips for Improving Your Test Score Without Even Studyingp. 167
10 Exercises for Your Brainp. 168
10 Foods You Should Eat Before a Testp. 171
15 Tips for Reducing Test Anxietyp. 171
6 Aromas That Will Help You Relaxp. 172
What to Do If You Catch Someone Cheatingp. 174
What to Do If You Are Caught Cheatingp. 175
How to Deal with Failure Successfullyp. 176
What You Can Do About an Fp. 177
30 Steps to Writing a Great Term Paper--NOT!p. 178
You Know You've Been in College Too Long When ...p. 179
4 Party Hearty
11 College Pranks, from Stupid to Spectacularp. 182
How to Fit In Anywherep. 183
10 Reasons Studying Is Better Than Sexp. 184
Go Greek!p. 184
Don't Go Greek!p. 185
How to Size Up a Clubp. 187
How to Start a Clubp. 188
12 Ways to Make Sure Spring Break Is Funp. 188
Top 6 Spring Break Locationsp. 189
Spring Break Packing Checklistp. 190
10 Ways to Feel Better About Yourself--Instantly!p. 191
6 Ways to Tell a Friend to Cool Itp. 192
7 Reasons Not to Drinkp. 193
How to Drink Responsiblyp. 194
8 Statistics About Drinking on Campus That Speak for Themselvesp. 195
9 Hangover Cures, Just in Case You Blow Itp. 196
10 Nonalcoholic Cocktailsp. 196
11 Zero-Proof Gamesp. 197
15 Drugs You Shouldn't Take (and What Will Happen If You Do)p. 200
College Fads Through the Agesp. 201
Drug Use on College Campusesp. 203
10 STDs and What You Should Do About Themp. 203
13 Ways to Get Datesp. 206
11 Tips for Speed-Datingp. 206
6 Reasons Not to Date Your Professorsp. 207
18 Tips for Shy Studentsp. 208
25 Cheap Datesp. 209
Date Rape--and Beyondp. 210
What You Should Know About Date Rapep. 211
8 Examples of Sexual Harassmentp. 212
12 Misconceptions About Birth Controlp. 214
Sexetiquettep. 216
5 Practical Matters
How to Make All Four Years Countp. 220
The ABCs of Successp. 224
How to Break Bad News to the 'Rentsp. 226
The 10 Best National Discounts and Freebies for Studentsp. 228
How to Identify Scholarship Scamsp. 229
8 Facts About the Federal Work-Study Programp. 230
How to Avoid Scholarship Scamsp. 231
7 Things They Don't Tell You About Loans and Scholarshipsp. 231
6 Kinds of College Loansp. 232
14 Interesting Scholarship Programs for Undergraduates That You May Not Know Aboutp. 233
4 Federal Tax Credits for Studentsp. 235
10 Wacky Scholarships and Grantsp. 236
9 Characteristics of the High-Risk Studentp. 237
25 Money-Saving Tips for the Economically Challenged Studentp. 238
6 Ways to Get Cheap Textbooksp. 239
1 Reason Not to Buy a Used Computerp. 241
6 Ways to Get the 'Rents to Send More Money ...p. 241
... and 4 Ways for Them to Get It to You Fastp. 241
6 Tips for Finding a Job on Campusp. 242
5 Tips for Getting the Best Internshipsp. 242
20 Off-the-Wall Ways to Make Moneyp. 244
11 More Traditional Ways to Make Moneyp. 245
How to Balance Schoolwork and Your Jobp. 245
10 Stain-Removing Hintsp. 247
6 Tips for Choosing a Bankp. 248
9 Tips for Managing Your Checking Accountp. 248
Glossary of College Finance Termsp. 249
10 Things You Should Know About Credit Cardsp. 251
3 Alternatives to Regular Credit Cardsp. 252
32 Dorm Safety Tipsp. 253
22 Personal Safety Tipsp. 254
What You Should Know About Reporting Campus Crimesp. 255
7 ATM Safety Tipsp. 256
10 Signs of Depressionp. 257
7 Ways to Handle Depressionp. 257
5 Tips for Coping with Disasterp. 258
19 National Hotlines You Might Needp. 260
11 Laundry Tipsp. 263
Cars on Campusp. 264
15 Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance Costsp. 264
What to Do If You Get Arrestedp. 266
6 Brave New World: Life After College
23 Things That Will Change the Second You Graduatep. 268
10 Common Fears of College Gradsp. 269
10 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Riskp. 270
10 Essential Tips for Networkingp. 270
The 9 Most Common Lies Job Applicants Tellp. 271
18 Things You Can Do If You Just Graduated and Have No Idea Whatsoever About What You Want to Do with the Rest of Your Lifep. 272
14 Ways to Describe Yourselfp. 273
Graduation Etiquettep. 274
11 Questions You Should Always Be Prepared to Answerp. 275
11 Creative Things You Can Do With Your Diplomap. 276
Great Graduation Giftsp. 276
8 Ways to Make Sure Your Graduation Day Is Memorablep. 277
37 Great Commencement Addressesp. 279
Cap and Gown Triviap. 284
Arguments Against Grad Schoolp. 285
Arguments for Grad Schoolp. 285
10 Tips for Finding the Best Graduate Schoolsp. 286
6 Reasons to Join a Professional Associationp. 288
So You Want to Be a Philosopherp. 288
6 Ways to Get the Alumni Association to Work for Youp. 289
How to Be a Good Alump. 290
7 Ways to Turn Your Favorite Pastime into a Careerp. 291
Possible Career Choicesp. 292
How to Get a Job as a Teaching Assistantp. 296
How to Use the Internet to Find a Jobp. 296
The 10 Fastest-Growing Occupations, 2000-2010p. 298
17 Tips for Acing Any Job Interviewp. 299
How to Dress Like a College Graduatep. 300
What They're Looking Forp. 302
How to Ask For--and Get--Great Referencesp. 302
12 Questions to Ask a Potential Employerp. 304
The 5 Biggest Mistakes Job Interviewees Makep. 304
The 6 Biggest Mistakes People Make on Their Resumesp. 305
7 Things to Ask for If They Won't Meet Your Salary Requirementsp. 306
102 Words That Will Look Good on Your Resumep. 307
12 Advantages of Moving Back Homep. 308
What to Do If You Can't Pay Back Your Student Loanp. 308
9 Ways to Get Out of Repaying Your College Loanp. 310
4 Reasons That Stafford Loans Are Forgivenp. 310
You and the IRSp. 310
7 Steps to Establishing Creditp. 312
How to Scratch Your Entrepreneurial Itchp. 313
The 8 Most Unpredicted Living Costsp. 314
The 5 Biggest Surprises for Those Who Have Never Rented an Apartment Beforep. 314
10 Clauses to Avoid When Signing a Leasep. 315
17 Questions to Ask When Renting an Apartmentp. 316
3 Things to Do If You Experience Housing Discriminationp. 317
How to Keep Learning Foreverp. 317
Indexp. 319