March 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College | Zest Giveaway

There’s more to college than just grades and graduation. The college years are a special time when students can encounter different cultures, test out potential careers, and take a stab at something new just because it sounds awesome. It’s one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, but unfortunately, it goes by really fast.

Halley BondeyHalley Bondy’s new book, 77 Things You Absolutely Have to do Before You Finish College (Zest Books, dist. by Houghton Harcourt, $14.99 paperback, ISBN-13 978-1-936976-00-3) provides students with helpful, exciting ways to make the absolute most of their college experience. From the classroom to the dorm room, to prepping for a career to making the most of their love lives, the 77 entries in this book help them make the most of it.

Following the success of 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School, this new book is a fun, creative, and edifying bucket list for those wanting to step out of their comfort zone and enhance their undergrad years. The 77 entries touch upon academic topics, such as “Have a real conversation with your favorite professor,” which advises students to really connect with a teacher they admire, and not just about their grades. Social topics such as “Sever toxic relationships” provide solid life advice that is especially important for students who are trying to grow emotionally.

Then there are some lighthearted dorm life-improvement suggestions such as “convert your dorm room into your personal temple” and “build a piece of furniture,” which provide step-by-step instructions for a very tight budget. Parents may be especially interested in the “For the Future” section that is filled with practical advice on networking, creating a resumé, and even becoming “financially empowered.”

77 Things you absolutely have to do before you finish collegeFor a chance to win a free copy of 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College just in time for “graduation season,” simply email Zest Books with your preferred mailing address and a piece of advice or an activity from your own experience that you think everyone absolutely must do before they finish college. Five winners will be randomly chosen from entries received by midnight on March 10, and will be notified via email by March 14. Participants will be added to the Zest Books e-newsletter list for the latest news on nonfiction teen reads and true stories.

77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College is available March 11 from national wholesalers.

Dodie Ownes About Dodie Ownes

Dodie Ownes left the glamorous world of retrospective conversion and disco to jump on the library vendor train. Since then, she has been learning at the feet of the masters about all things library. Dodie lives in Golden, Colorado, where even the sign which arches the main street says "Howdy."

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