5 Great Books for the College-Bound Kids

Tips on everything from naked roommates to exam crams.

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Mystery meat, diminutive closets, naked roommates - there is more to college than just academics. It is a huge lifestyle adjustment for young adults and can be nerve wracking.

Here is a round-up of five funny and helpful books brimming with tips on college survival, from syllabi to nightlife.

The Naked Roommate

by Harlan Cohen

Popular public speaker and syndicated columnist Harlan Cohen's practical, irreverent take on college life has entertained and helped parents and kids across the country.

 You can get his wit and wisdom in book form, thanks to The Naked Roommate... And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

You will find tips on dealing with unclothed dorm buddies and advice on college dating, cash, classes and time management.

Buy The Naked Roommate at Amazon.com

How to Survive Your Freshman Year

by Mark W. Bernstein and Yadin Kaufmann

The collective wisdom of hundreds of college students went into How to Survive Your Freshman Year: By Hundreds of College Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors Who Did.

Published by Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides, this collection includes real-life student advice on lecture halls, professors, parties and everything else those hundreds of "heads" wished someone had told them.

Buy How to Survive Your Freshman Year at Amazon.com

Been There, Should've Done That

by Suzette Tyler

Been There, Should've Done That takes a similar approach with 995 tips for making the most of your college years.

It is a collection of quotes and anecdotes from college students.

"The problem with college," says a University of Florida student, "is that you figure it out about the time you're ready to graduate." So editor Suzette Tyler gathered the wisdom from 900-some seniors into a small, bite-sized book with chapters ranging from "The Orientation Express" to "To be or not to be ...

Greek" and "Professor Pleasers."

Buy Been There, Should've Done That at Amazon.com

Roommates: The Ultimate Guide to Reclaiming Your Space and Your Sanity

by Mary Lou Podlasiak

Dorm life is one of the biggest adjustments for new college kids. Many have never shared a room at all, let alone with a stranger who parties hearty, pumps up the volume and borrows your best stuff. It's certainly character building.

Mary Lou Podlasiak's Rules for Roommates: The Ultimate Guide to Reclaiming Your Space and Your Sanity and its dorm-centric conflict resolution tips will help with all those burning questions, including "Could you be any more annoying?"

Buy Roommates at Amazon.com

Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College

by Jennifer Worick and Joshua Piven

Naturally, there is a Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook on college life too. It is as tongue-in-cheek as you would expect from this series.

There is some practical advice on surviving all-night study sessions and avoiding nightmare hook-ups. Also included is a pronunciation guide so Junior can talk about Toulouse-Lautrec and Schopenhauer in the lecture hall without embarrassing himself.

Hardly a complete primer on college life, but it's guaranteed to make any overwrought freshman - and his parents - laugh. 

Buy Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College at Amazon.com