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College Knowledge for the Jewish Student

101 Tips

David Schoem

Publication Year: 2013

"Students and parents alike will benefit from reading David Schoem's well-written, lively, and documented guide." ---Elie Wiesel “This is a wonderful sequel to Schoem’s very successful College Knowledge: 101 Tips. As I read through this new volume, I was constantly struck that the advice offered would help all students who approach the college experience with distinctive cultural backgrounds and commitments. Indeed all prospective college students, and their parents, can benefit from this serious yet delightful, well-written and incisive book of advice. I intend to buy one for each of my grandchildren.” ---Harold Shapiro, former president, Princeton University; former president, University of Michigan For the individual Jewish student who enters college, it is critical that he or she come intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually prepared for the academic and social experience that awaits. College is a qualitatively different experience than high school, and students’ expectations need to be set appropriately. The transition from high school to college is so significant that it can be difficult for most without some preparation. College Knowledge for the Jewish Student: 101 Tips is the perfect guide for students heading off to college with high expectations for learning, academic success, personal growth, and independence. Through lively tips and compelling student stories about life at college, it offers thoughtful, practical information for every Jewish student who wants to make a successful transition. College Knowledge for the Jewish Student includes tips on the academic aspects of college life, like communicating with faculty, learning what is where on campus, where to go for help with coursework, how to manage one’s time for a balanced experience, etc. In addition, it offers advice on dealing with family, finances, health, and safety, as well as the many social and emotional aspects of this important rite of passage.

Published by: University of Michigan Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

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pp. v-viii

The first year of college is an exhilarating experience for Jewish students. It is a year when the rush of adrenaline alone is enough to carry a student forward on most days. Time moves in the extreme, as the excitement of much greater freedom and independence, stimulating courses, and new friends makes everything speed by. ...

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pp. ix-xii

For many years I have received requests to provide tips for college success to incoming college students at recruitment events and orientations. Faculty and college administrators from around the country would call me for advice for their children and grandchildren who were about to enter college as undergraduates. ...


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1. The Ten Commandments for College Success and Happiness

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pp. 1-26

As a Jew, you are a member of the “People of the Book.” Your parents and grandparents hold high expectations for you in college and in life. Your synagogue or temple has honored you and put you on a pedestal for your high school accomplishments. ...

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2. Who am I: Discovering Yourself, Your Jewish Identity, and Other Social Identities

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pp. 27-50

Now it’s your turn. For better or worse—actually, it’s all for the better— college is a time when you make the transition from teenager to adult, from boy to man, from girl to woman. You begin to make your own rules. You get to decide your own values. ...

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3. Milk and Honey: Getting the Most Out of College

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pp. 51-78

College connotes different things to different people. I hope you’ll be one of those students who thinks of college as a community—or, more specifically, a scholarly community—in which you get to spend four years of your life with a group of people who are deeply engaged with ideas, exploration, questioning, discovery, analysis, and problem solving. ...

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4. Limud: Faculty, Classes, and Advising

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pp. 79-108

Always choose the best teacher when you are planning your class schedule for the next semester. Course topics and descriptions will catch your attention, especially in college, when you will have hundreds or even thousands of courses to choose from each semester. ...

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5. Tikkun Olam: Make a Difference in the World

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pp. 109-133

You bring a new set of eyes to the world around you. As a college student, you have the ability to see problems and opportunities that older people may not see so clearly. Each generation has the chance—even the responsibility—to learn from the past and present and to make changes to improve and sustain society for the future. ...

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6. Life on Campus for Jewish Students

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pp. 134-159

You’ll be happiest if you start with positive yet modest expectations for your relationship with your roommate. You may hope for a perfect match, but you’ll be more realistic if you anticipate that you’ll have a reasonably respectful and civil relationship. ...

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7. Chicken Soup: Health and Safety for the Body and Mind

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pp. 160-186

You have four or more years of college ahead of you, an intensive learning focus throughout college, and, in the years beyond, a lifetime of being with yourself. All of that will be a lot more pleasant if you can find the secret of happiness at college, in your learning, and with yourself. ...

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8. Mishpacha (Family), Finances, and Details of Daily Life

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pp. 187-209

You’re enjoying your independence. You may miss home, but you want to show that you can be on your own. What are the rules about calling your parent(s)? Are you supposed to? Do you have to? If you do call, how often? ...

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9. Mazel Tov! Looking beyond the First Year

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pp. 210-232

Every job, internship, and graduate school will ask you to provide references. After you’re in college, it will no longer be good enough to get a letter from your favorite high school teacher, the manager of the store in your local shopping mall where you worked, your rabbi, or a friend of the family who has seen you grow up and flourish. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9780472120154
Print-ISBN-13: 9780472034307

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013