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Saturday, June 30, 2012

37 Ways to Prepare for College by Lou Diamond

 A Guest Post:
I often look back on my time in college and wish that I had been better prepared for, what I consider, the four greatest, most important years of my life. I didn’t really think about my college plans until the summer before my senior year in high school when I took the SAT exam. After receiving my score, I only applied to one school and, thankfully, was accepted. I was naïve and ill-prepared and had no plans or goals in terms of my education.

I can’t say that college was a complete failure for me. I did graduate with fairly good grades and now hold a job that pays the bills, but sometimes I wonder if there was more I could have done to enhance my college experience and better my career opportunities.

I recently discovered the book 37 Ways to Prepare for College while looking for self-help guides for potential college students, and I must say this is a guide I wish I would have had in high school.
Written by Lou Diamond, 37 Ways to Prepare for College contains five chapters that cover what to do starting your freshman year of high school all the way until the summer before your first year of college. The book is written in a chronological format, and is very easy to follow. It is literally a step-by-step guide that discusses everything from selecting potential schools to taking the SAT and getting a part-time job.
The advice is really invaluable. Even if your teenager doesn’t seem interested in reading it, I still recommend parents read it and convey the information through constant conversation, because the book contains bits of advice that even parents should be aware of, such how to find and apply for scholarships, how to fill out a FAFSA, how to keep us with application deadlines and more.

In addition to college preparation advice, the guide also contains a bonus section that covers topics such as packing for dorms, things to buy, school supplies, laundry and health care.

37 Ways to Prepare for College is a 30-page eBook that was published in 2011. It can be found in eBook form on various sites, including Barnes & Noble and Android Zoom for various prices.

About the Author:
A freelance blogger and writer for over ten years, Aniya Wells now regularly contributes. She is passionate about giving potential students advice as they embark on an online or traditional degree program. Aniya is very excited about the latest advances in technology that have made a comprehensive education more accessible to all! Please direct questions or comments to

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