Pragmatic as well as inspiring road map to maximizing college ROI.


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A debut advice guide by a student adviser/consultant outlining an action plan to get the most out of college.

For college life coach Williams, “the biggest problem in completing college and getting a job within your field of study is not having a specific plan of action.” She seeks to remedy that in this book by offering a pyramid-structure strategy for setting specific academic objectives for each school year that can serve as building blocks to maximize the college experience. “The first year of college is about creating the solid foundation for your academic success,” so Williams focuses freshmen on their studies, insisting they visit professors during office hours and judiciously choose classmates for study groups. Sophomores should step up to become leaders in a student organization to develop networking and other nonacademic skills also critical to success. Williams recommends studying abroad, if feasible, in Year 2’s summer as preparation for her recommended focus on being “a global student” in Year 3, which should include participating in or creating campus events that expand one’s cultural horizons, since such heightened awareness is also a competitive advantage. Students should snag that career-focused internship in Year 4, she says, since such positions often lead to post-college jobs. Debut nonfiction author Williams has mapped out a clear, engaging strategy by which students can better leverage their college experiences. She offers an array of practical tools, including a college finance budget spreadsheet. She relates her advice in a warm, noncondescending manner and supports her points by sharing her own experiences as an engineering undergrad, including how she dealt with her fear of physics by forming a study group and how her study abroad experience in the Caribbean “changed my life forever.” Indeed, Williams is to be commended for including cultural/diversity awareness as an important element in her success mix. The chronological organization gets a bit confusing at the end, with a “year five” discussion that includes completing a senior project as well as early postgrad living. Overall, however, Williams offers exceedingly helpful advice for students in navigating their college experiences.

Pragmatic as well as inspiring road map to maximizing college ROI.

Pub Date: July 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4960-1473-3

Page Count: 106

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2015

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The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.


Comprehensive, myth-busting examination of the Colorado high-school massacre.

“We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened,” writes Cullen, a Denver-based journalist who has spent the past ten years investigating the 1999 attack. In fact, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold conceived of their act not as a targeted school shooting but as an elaborate three-part act of terrorism. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. The killers, positioned outside the school’s main entrance, would then mow down fleeing survivors. Finally, after the media and rescue workers had arrived, timed bombs in the killers’ cars would explode, wiping out hundreds more. It was only when the bombs in the cafeteria failed to detonate that the killers entered the high school with sawed-off shotguns blazing. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community. He portrays Harris as a calculating, egocentric psychopath, someone who labeled his journal “The Book of God” and harbored fantasies of exterminating the entire human race. In contrast, Klebold was a suicidal depressive, prone to fits of rage and extreme self-loathing. Together they forged a combustible and unequal alliance, with Harris channeling Klebold’s frustration and anger into his sadistic plans. The unnerving narrative is too often undermined by the author’s distracting tendency to weave the killers’ expressions into his sentences—for example, “The boys were shooting off their pipe bombs by then, and, man, were those things badass.” Cullen is better at depicting the attack’s aftermath. Poignant sections devoted to the survivors probe the myriad ways that individuals cope with grief and struggle to interpret and make sense of tragedy.

Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

Pub Date: April 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-54693-5

Page Count: 406

Publisher: Twelve

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2009

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