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A Former College Fail-Out Shares Tips in a New Book for College Students “College is one of the best times in a person’s life. It is important to focus on the reason you went to college in the first place,” said Julie Oliver, author of the newly released book Straight A’s: A Professor Tells H.S. Seniors How to Succeed in College, which is now available online and in bookstores. After failing out of college her sophomore year, Oliver earned her Ph.D. She has used her experiences of failing out, going back to school, and becoming a college professor to help college-bound students know what to expect and hopefully not make similar mistakes. “My freshman year I procrastinated my work in every class so by the end of the semester I was behind in all five of my classes,” said Oliver. “ I would rather be partying or doing other things than focusing on my school work. It’s pretty easy to see how I flunked out of school.” The book is filled with tips in time-management skills, the importance of going to class, and also enjoying yourself while in college. Balance is another topic that Oliver discusses: the fine line between having too much fun and consuming one’s life with studying. She also stresses that students need to remember why they are at college. “The purpose of college is to prepare students for adult life so that one day they will hold a job,” said Oliver. “I always tell this to my own students and like to follow it with ‘but make sure you are having fun while doing it’ because I want them to understand that they need to have balance.” Oliver does not just share her experiences with her pupils, they have a large part in her learning still today and influenced her writing. Other outside sources such as university presidents and student government presidents wrote chapters with their own advice for college students. “This book has tips that are important for college students on all levels, not just academic” said President Ronald Vaughn of The University of Tampa. “College is not strictly a place for learning in the classroom, it is a place of learning about yourself and thriving as an individual.

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“The purpose of college is to prepare students for adult life so that one day they will hold a job,” said Oliver. “I always tell this to my...

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