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Student's book offers freshmen tips on college survival You can totally mess up a midterm in college. You can forget your coat at a frat party. You can even date your roommate's old sweetheart, if you're daring. But never, ever, wash your reds with your whites. --Greg Gottesman, Stanford University
STANFORD -- In his freshman year at Stanford University, Greg Gottesman learned about life the hard way.
"The first time I did my laundry, I turned all my underwear pink," he said. "I overdrew my checking account and couldn't deal with my roommate. I was a mess."
Now a junior majoring in political science, Gottesman has organized those experiences into a book, College Survival: A Crash Course for Students by Students (Simon and Schuster, 1991).
College Survival is aimed at the 1.5 million students who will begin college this fall. Now in its second printing, the book includes 24 chapters of practical advice on such subjects as clothing, cars and bicycles, campus safety, choosing classes, time management, athletics and exercise, nutrition, working at school, and dorm life.
A native of Mercer Island, Wash., Gottesman is a straight-A student and former sports editor of the Stanford Daily. Last summer he was a speech writer for the mayor of Seattle, Norman B. Rice.
The idea for College Survival came from his mother, an educational consultant, who noticed a lack of college preparatory books actually written by students.
"You can't have a book about college survival written by someone who graduated around the time of the First Ice Age," said Gottesman, 21. "The fact that this book is written by today's students makes it unique."
Gottesman wrote the book over two summers and now is busy plugging it on television and radio talk shows. Among his tips:
Gottesman's own tips are supplemented by more than 100 anecdotes that he gathered from students at 75 different colleges. The book is illustrated by cartoons drawn by Steven Ojemann, a junior at the University of Washington.
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