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Adults in College: A Survival Guide By Wanda Schindley

Jacket: Paperback
Pages: 256 pages
Publisher: Dallas Publishing Company; Revised edition (January 1, 2002)
Genre: Self Help
ISBN: 0912011599

Review: I am the adult student Wanda Schindley talks about in her book Adults in College. After high school, I kicked around for two years, spent four years in the Army then another six working with people who have developmental disabilities. So at 31, twelve years after leaving high school, I was finally ready to attend college in earnest. Eventually I learned to love the academic life and went on to complete my undergrad degree and also earned Master of Science degree. With this background, I didn't hesitate to say yes when asked to review a copy of this book.

While I truly enjoyed my academic years, the difficult parts would have been considerably easier if I had Wanda Schindley's book to guide me through it all. Professor Schindley is eminently qualified to have written this book. She, like so many of us, was a non-traditional student who worked her way through an undergrad degree after taking time after high school. Unlike many of us though, Schindley went on to gather a master's degree and two doctorates. Her experience as an older student, coupled with her experience as a college professor, serve to make Dr. Schindley the ideal candidate to author this book.

Adults in College: A Survival Guide for Nontraditional Students is full of real-life scenarios used to illustrate various positions older students inevitably find themselves in: Kids at home; stress; dealing with spouses, and so many other situations. I found several sections of the book especially relevant including an open letter from musician Charlie Daniels to the 1996 class of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Daniel's letter to the student body introduces the traditional student to real world situations in a manner that makes an older student proud of the things we've accomplished. Dr. Schindley also provides numerous "Survival Tips" a review of the research process, math review and a chapter on taking tests.

Told in easily digestible, conversational first person tones, Adults in College is a must read. If attending college is, or might be, in your future I strongly urge you to buy this book.

— Reviewed by: Timothy E. McMahon, M.S.


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