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An excellent gift for high school seniors, this book can help students make the most out of their college experience. Most students are overwhelmed with academics, relationships, and especially-their relationship with Jesus. This insightful guide from a former college student and current college professor will open your eyes and will help you to learn how to strengthen your faith while dealing with issues including choosing a major, discerning a vocation, balancing academics with fun, and more.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414339631
ISBN-13: 9781414339634

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Going to college can be exciting, anxiety inducing, and expensive! You want your child to get the most out of their college experience—what advice do you give? Thriving at College by Alex Chediak is the perfect gift for a college student or a soon-to-be college student.
Filled with wisdom and practical advice from a seasoned college professor and student mentor, Thriving at College covers the ten most common mistakes that college students make—and how to avoid them! Alex leaves no stone unturned—he discusses everything from choosing a major and discerning one’s vocation to balancing academics and fun, from cultivating relationships with peers and professors to helping students figure out what to do with their summers.
Most importantly, this book will help students not only keep their faith but build a vibrant faith and become the person God created them to be.

In Thriving at College, Alex Chediak names ten of the most common mistakes made by university students in the areas of College in General/Faith, Relationships, Character, and Academics. He takes a casual, yet firm, approach to these topics from both logical and biblical standpoints, mainly targeting those who are just about to enter college and, therefore, have not created any questionable habits within the college environment.

Most students today don't want to sit and read another book on how to be successful at college. So, by separating the common mistakes of students into four different parts within the book, the author creates a simple and effective format for keeping the reader's attention. Chediak offers down-to-earth advice along with scriptural references without sounding overbearing or condescending. In the examples he gives (many coming from students he has taught or from his own experience), Chediak doesn’t bash those who messed up, but simply points out the mistakes made and gently directs the reader regarding how not only to avoid those same mistakes, but also to fix the mistakes if some bad judgments have already been made.

Throughout the book, Chediak cites numerous examples, some going back in time to when he was a student at college and some related to students he has taught and created a professor-student relationship with; creatively and effectively this shows and explains how "College is about finding your place in God’s world – not fitting God into your plans…."

Alex Chediak has created a realistic, biblically based book about Thriving at College. The common mistakes he chooses to focus on are well thought, giving the reader no room to misinterpret anything he teaches. This book would be most effective in the hands of high school juniors and seniors who are about to start or are in the process of finding and going to college. This book would also be effective in helping any current college student who wishes to make the most of his or her college experience. – Demelza Ramirez,

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thriving at College.
    April 4, 2016
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This is a very needed book for kids preparing to go to college. This book has a lot of useful information that can go a long way into college and beyond. We love it. Our Son is graduating High School in June. We are so glad to have found this book. Thanks.
  2. PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    very useful
    July 10, 2012
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    very thought provoking, there are many things to consider about college, it's a great help to hear from others to help make good choices
  3. Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Best book for Christian Students
    August 23, 2011
    Annie Kate
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "I pray," writes Alex Chediak in Thriving at College, "_that by God's grace my life and this book will be used of God in some small way to help Christians

    â– thrive at college,

    â– maximize their God-given potential,

    â– embrace full-orbed adulthood,

    â– faithfully develop their talents, and

    â– take their places as salt and light in God's world,

    living for a cause far greater than themselves." [formatting added]

    In a chatty style, Chediak tells students things he wished someone had told him years ago, things that will make a huge difference during their college years, during the rest of their lives, and even for eternity.

    College should be a launching pad for adult life and service, not a self-indulgent—and life-destroying—party. Thriving at College: Make great friends, keep your faith, and get ready for the real world! discusses ten common mistakes students make, showing both the problem and a practical response, summarized in italics.

    1.Chucking Your Faith _ Grow Closer to God

    2.Treating College as if It Were High School _ Maintain Healthy Habits and Boundaries

    3.Not Being Intentional _ Find Great Friends and Mentors

    4.Distorting Dating and Romance _ Attract the Right Kind of Person

    5.Refusing to Grow Up _ Become Independent of Mom and Dad

    6.Being a Flake _ Keep Your Commitments

    7.Living Out of Balance _ Balance Work and Play

    8.Being Too Passive or Too Cocky _ Wisely Select a Major

    9.Living for Grades _ Recognize that Growth Requires Change

    10.Wasting Opportunities _ Use Your Downtime Wisely

    Each chapter is full of realistic, Biblical ideas immediately applicable to college life. It also includes helpful questions for personal or small group study and a concluding summary of the chapter, as well as many interesting factoids and questions and answers.

    With wisdom and humility, Chediak discusses other issues facing students:

    â– How should one make major decisions? How can one know God's will? Chediak clearly explains the concept of amoral decisions, that is, decisions that are neither right nor wrong. Using common sense and guidance from respected adults, just make a decision; do not agonize over the options if neither one nor the other is wrong. For example, every legitimate major and profession done for God's glory brings him honor and accomplishes his purposes.

    â– Is it more spiritual to discuss the Bible and spiritual topics than to diligently do ones work? You're at college to get a strong foundation for your life's work; that glorifies God, and if you feel called to campus ministry, you can come back to it later.

    â– What about young women who are at college to find a husband? Chediak points out that, while there is nothing wrong with their goal, they should also be seriously busy developing the skills and talents God gave them. God can use a great college education in the home as well as out of it. (As an aside, Chediak is obviously proudly of his Stanford-educated wife, now a stay-at-home mom.)

    â– What about extra-curricular activities, jobs, over-commitment, and finances? We are accountable to God for our use of time and money, and Chediak discusses various aspects of this principle.

    Other than the Bible, I have never read a better book for Christian students. Chediak clearly voices the conclusions I've come to in my many years of learning and teaching at universities. If every Christian student read and applied this book, the world would be so different in a decade! Highly recommended.

    As Alex and Brett Harris (of and Do Hard Things) say, "There's no better guide to college than this."

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of Thriving At College from Tyndale in order to give you my honest opinion.
  4. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A text-book for surviving the college years
    May 28, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    For high school graduates everywhere, just a couple months remain before that first year of college kicks off. After the accolades and the fun are over, the sense of accomplishment and new-found responsibility will set in. Then everything that you still have to prepare for and do prior to moving into the dorm will come crashing down. I know, I've been there.

    With all the textbooks you'll soon be purchasing, wouldn't it be nice if there was just one textbook for how to survive the college years? Well, now there is. Alex Chediak, a college professor and true "insider", has given us a new book, "Thriving at College". The book is designed for Christian young adults in particular as they prepare for college. Alex doesn't just want you to survive, he hopes to help you thrive.

    The book is laid out in a helpful format. It's clear, easy to read, and very practical. He discusses such matters as finances and choosing your major, as well as relational items like how you shouldn't stay too connected with your old high school friends, as that can distract you from your real purpose. He also deals with navigating relationship issues, prioritizing your time and classes, who to befriend, and how much time to spend on your homework — warning, we're talking a lot of time!

    Sprinkled throughout the book are his own personal experiences, real life stories shared from others, questions and answers, and various facts and figures. Did you know that more than 40% of college grads are still living with their parents three years later? Or that 70% of young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly in high school will stop attending church at all for at least one year between the ages of 18 and 22?

    Going to college, as a Christian, can really be a test of your faith (as the above statistic indicates). Chediak's book will arm you with practical advice and answers to common criticisms of Christianity. He also offers sound biblical teaching on how to own your own faith.

    I've met Alex, and can attest that he's a great guy. He's also written one of the most helpful books on singleness and marriage that I've read (see my review here). His advice on dating and relationships in college is extremely helpful. Alex also speaks from years of experience both in the college setting and in other venues working with Christian young people.

    "Thriving at College" covers the whole gamut of the college experience. It truly has something for everyone. Study tips, schedules, eating advice, how to deal with your parents — all of this and more are addressed. Yet the book isn't very long, and doesn't have to be read in order. The chapter contents are clearly enough indicated that it can be used as a manual, to be referenced when needed. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter allow for its use as a book that parents read along with their children, or for use as a small group study in the summer before college.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Thriving at College for any high school graduate. It would make a great gift for a graduate you may know. And if you're the soon-to-be college student, use some of that graduation money and pick up a copy of this book. It will be one of the most helpful textbooks you'll buy, and the cheapest!

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  5. Melaka, Malaysia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is a very useful tool for students
    May 13, 2011
    Evangeline Han
    Melaka, Malaysia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thriving at College is a guidebook for students already in college or entering college. Many students enter college ignorantly, thinking that college is similar to high school. This book touches on common issues and mistakes faced by college students and how to avoid them. The 10 most common mistakes college students make are listed and thrive principles are given on how to avoid making these mistakes. At the end of each chapter, discussion questions are listed.

    When I realized that I was going to receive Thriving at College in NetGalley format, I had second thoughts about reviewing this book. All this changed after I read the Preface. I knew this was going to be a good read and it did not disappoint.

    Many of the mistakes students make while in college affect their after-college life and plenty of good knowledge can be learned from this book on how to avoid such mistakes. What I like about the book is the practical tips on the dos and don'ts in college. While not all the tips mentioned in the book applies to everyone especially since the book is pretty US-centric, they are important and should be kept in mind. In Appendix 1 of the book, tips on how to choose a college are given. I found them very helpful and will definitely be keeping them in mind the next time I visit an education fair!

    This book is especially handy for those who have yet to go to college and for parents who want to help their kids avoid common mistakes college students make. As the author is someone who has gone to college and who is a college professor, I agree with what Alex and Brett Harris said in the Foreword: Alex Chediak "understands this (the college issue) better than most". I think that he is certainly in a good position to give college advice.

    Overall, Thriving at College is crammed with advice and information. As someone who has yet to go to college, I found it extremely helpful and eye-opening. College sounds like an exciting place to be at, but it is littered with pitfalls that has brought many a person away from his religious roots. However, principles and rules given in Thriving at College will always remain as what they are: principles and rules. It is up to the reader to take up the initiative and act on them.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the electronic copy of this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale House Publishers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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