The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College by Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht, and Jennifer Worick
Many of us went to college and many of us had many questions about how college works. It’s difficult to go from being a kid to being responsible for your own life and education. This handbook has a few bits of advice that might be helpful in your college education.
What I liked
Some of this book was humorous.
What I didn’t like
This was a farce. This is not an actual advice book. It’s a joke book. While some of the studying advice could be highly useful, it seems that the rest of the book is all about how to find a party school, how to sleep in class, how to hook up in the library and about fifty different ways to open a beer bottle. While some amount of street knowledge is nice to have, it’s not really the be-all and end-all of life. College is way too darn expensive to read something like this and take it as actual advice for how to get through college.
A more appropriate use of an advice handbook for college would be advice on how to get through college with the least amount of student loans possible. Am I right? Yes, you know I’m right–praise Jesus, Amen, all that, and a bag of chips!
On the one hand, I’m pretty sure this book was supposed to be a goof; on the other hand, how many college students who read this would take this advice to heart? Oh, there’s advice in this book about how to stall for time when the professor asks you a question? I’m in! This means I won’t actually have to read the text-book!
The Worst-Case Survival Scenario board game is the worst thing ever and a lot of the trivia is wrong, so I didn’t exactly expect high quality from this book after playing that awful board game, but I expected at least an attempt at something. It took three people to write this book? Three? Really? Were they conferring on all the different ways to slack off at college and make a mockery of that 40K + you’re spending on a college education? I could write a book, of this length or longer, about all the ways to screw up your college education by myself. Let’s start off with advice on skipping class and extra classwork, then work our way up to vandalizing school property and getting an academic dismissal.
Did you know that BJU(Bob Jones University) is right down the road from FU(Furman University)? True story.
What was some good advice someone gave you about college?
Did you find advice about being a slacker just as helpful as advice about being serious about college?
One time, I was in a Mexican Restaurant with my boyfriend and there was this large group of very conservatively dressed young people. They were college aged and we guessed they were from BJU, out on the road, for something. Most of them were quite awkward and the conversation from the table was awkward. There was one girl after some guy, but he wasn’t interested, or something, but at least I had tacos.