REVIEWS #6 and #7 | “1001 Things College Students Need to Know” & “Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone”

The reason I put both of these reviews together was because I got them together as gifts from my parents when I graduated high school, and thought they would go well together. Also, they’re pretty quick reads, and I didn’t think I would have much to say on either of them (spoiler: I was sorta wrong on that part).

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know

Title: “1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know”

Author: Harry H. Harrison Jr.

Pages (paperback): 304 pages

Original Publishing Date: 18 March 2018

Synopsis (from the back cover):

“Most high school seniors are pulled to college like magnets thinking the next four years will be just like the last four years, only they won’t have their parents yammering at the about a curfew. Two months later, they’re lying in their mom’s bed while she spoon-feeds them chicken noodle soup. What’s going on here? A nasty trend. Almost half of all students who start college return home empty-handed except for a few credit cards and a college loan.

“Harry H. Harrison Jr’s extraordinary 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know deals with what’s up on campus. So if you really want to graduate from college, start here!”

Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:

  • N/A

⭐⭐ .5
2.5/5 stars

Maybe it’s because I just finished my second year of college when I read this, but I didn’t particularly find it helpful overall. The section on studying was good, though; it had some new tips that I might try out during a summer class. But for the most part, I either already knew these things, or the tips were downright unhelpful.

I actually had an issue with a number of these “tips.” One of them was to go to class even when you’re sick. And…no. Don’t do that. Not only will you probably not be able to concentrate well, but you put your classmates and instructor at risk of getting sick, too. It’s best to stay home. There was another “tip” that stated staying up until 2:00am every weekday was normal, with the inferred “so get used to it” pretty obvious. And let me tell you, if you do that, you’ll burn out so quickly. I did that my first semester in college, and I was absolutely miserable. (There’s also a section on religion, and by “religion,” it’s strictly Christianity. As if every college student is Christian. Go figure.)

What probably got to me the most, though, was how “edgy” the author was trying to sound, how new college students can’t possibly know how hard college truly is. And, yeah, college can be challenging, and you are going to take some tough classes. But it isn’t as scary as this guy makes it out to be. You’ll find friends. If you can get some good study- and note-taking-skills, you’ll do well in your classes. Your instructors aren’t these unfeeling monsters who don’t care about you — if they know you, and you build a relationship with them, they (usually) work with you on certain things. And despite what the author says, being friends with someone who goes on to work as a janitor isn’t going to break your world. But being an ableist, elitist jerk might.

Do Your Laundry

Title: “Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give You if She Thought You Were Listening”

Author: Becky Blades

Pages (hardcover): 164 pages

Original Publishing Date: 5 April 2016

Synopsis (from the back cover):

“Happiness and success can hinge on the tiniest things — probably those things our mothers were saying just as we were walking out the door. Luckily, Becky Blades has compiled the best tidbits of advice into one thought-provoking, conversation-starting book. Covering everything from posture to finances, with a hint of motherly sass, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone is perfect for leaving-the-nest kids, or anyone who could use a little advice on the big and little things in life.”

Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:

  • N/A

⭐⭐⭐ .5
3.5/5 stars

Truth be told, I liked this a lot better than the prior “tips” book. It was personable, and although it wasn’t entirely about college, a lot of the tips were still helpful. And!!! It was also very colorful.

The two biggest issues I had were the sort of sex-shame-y tone some of the tips had, as well as the religious undertones. One of the tips was something along the lines of, “If you flirt with everyone, you flirt with no one” and…? Flirting is flirting; it’s not like you’re asking every person you flirt with to marry you. There were a few other tips like that, which I just side-eyed.

I also didn’t appreciate the religious undertones of the book as a whole. And by “religious,” I, again, am specifically talking about Christianity. And much like the prior book…not everyone is Christian, or even religious. It’d be great if these “self-help” books took that into consideration.

Despite these things, though, I still enjoyed this quick, lil read.

Did any of you read these books? What did you think about them?

Until next time~

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