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Navigating the turbulent waters of the first year of college,
by the editors of BustedHalo.com

Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything in Between

By Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey


The Freshman Survival Guide is the most comprehensive guide for college students.  The information in this book is invaluable for students as they find themselves starting the scary and exciting journey of higher education.”
--Fr. Martin Moran, Executive Director, Catholic Campus Ministry Association

“The practical guidance is fresh and open, reminding the reader that whether the issue is dating or homesickness or study or religious diversity, there are always options. Years after college graduation, I prize their advice: “shed your skin, but keep your skeleton.” I’ll send the book to friends with this advice: Read it. Trust it. Use it.”
                        --Michael Gilligan, President, Henry Luce Foundation

“College students arrive on campus with impressive resumes and advanced academic skills.  Many, however, do not have the ability to confront the profound questions of meaning, values, or spirituality.  This book makes an important contribution to helping college students navigate those defining moments.”
--Wayne L. Firestone, President, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

College is a time for asking a variety of questions, from smaller ones like, “How can I cope with a difficult roommate?” to much bigger issues such as, “What should I be doing with my life?” THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE(Center Street, Publication date: April 7, 2011, $14.99) by Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey, the editors of BustedHalo.com, is the first college guide to offer a holistic look into the lives of college students by combining practical advice on student life — academics, relationships and lifestyle — with guidance on coping with the emotional and spiritual issues college students face.
As an online magazine for spiritual seekers founded by the Paulists, BustedHalo.com provided an online forum to discuss the intersection of popular culture, politics, faith, and spirituality—subjects that are not generally thought to be overlapping.  THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE treats the issues of mind, body, and spirit similarly by recognizing them as intimately connected instead of distinct.
THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE represents the culmination of years of research, interviews and surveys with hundreds of students, administrators, professors, education experts, psychologists and campus ministers from across the country.  Written in a hands-on, accessible style, the topics covered include:

  • Living with a Weirdo and Other Roommate Issues
  • Sex, Dating, and Relationships
  • Statistics and Strategies on Mental Health
  • Studying and Time Management
  • “Growing Up” Your Religion
  • Drugs and Alcohol on Campus
  • Healthy Eating

Practical, positive, and insightful, THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE is one college guidebook that freshman won’t be ashamed to read and keep in their backpacks.

NORA BRADBURY-HAEHL is a contributing editor at BustedHalo.com and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry.  Two decades of launching young people into college life have given her a unique perspective into the challenges they face, their fears and concerns, and the real risks of beginning college.

BILL MCGARVEY is the editor in chief of BustedHalo.com, an online magazine for spiritual seekers.  He has also written and commented extensively on the topics of pop culture and faith for NPR, The Tablet (in London), Time Out New York, Sirius-XM Radio, Commonweal, America, and Book magazine.


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