Each fall, thousands of eager freshmen descend on college and university campuses expecting the most productive education possible: inspiring classes taught by top-ranked professors, academic advisors who will guide them to a prestigious job or graduate school, and an environment where learning flourishes out of doors the school room as much as it does in lecture halls. Unfortunately, a majority of these freshmen soon learn that academic life is not what they imagined. Classes are taught by overworked graduate students and adjuncts relatively than seasoned faculty members, undergrads receive minimal attention from advisors or administrators, and potentially valuable campus resources remain out of doors their grasp.
Andrew Roberts’ Thinking Student’s Guide to College helps students take charge of their university experience by providing a blueprint they are able to follow to reach their educational goals—whether at public or private schools, large research universities or small liberal arts colleges. An inside look penned by a professor at Northwestern University, this book offers concrete tips on choosing a college, selecting classes, deciding on a major, interacting with faculty, and applying to graduate school. Here, Roberts exposes the secrets of the ivory tower to reveal what motivates professors, where to find loopholes in university bureaucracy, and most importantly, how to get a personalized education. Based on interviews with faculty and state-of-the-art educational research, The Thinking Student’s Guide to College is a necessary handbook for students striving to excel academically, creatively, and personally all the way through their undergraduate years.