From time to time, we like to review some of the books available for parents of college students. There is a wealth of literature available to help parents cope with the transition to college and the changes that occur throughout the college years. We’ve offered some lists of recommended reading, and there is something for everyone. Visit our Resources page for suggestions of important books for college parents and their students.
What to Do When You’re New: How to Be Comfortable, Confident, and Successful in New Situations is a book for parents and students alike. We initially decided to review this book as something for parents to pass along to their students – as they begin college or move on to career. However, we quickly discovered this is a useful book for parents as well.
As the author points out, we are all newcomers as various times in various settings. Dr. Rollag’s information and tips will be helpful to everyone. We suggest you give a copy to your student, and keep a copy for yourself as well. Read it together and talk about it.
According to the author, “the secret to newcomer success is no secret at all. It mostly comes down to our willingness and ability to do five key things: 1) Introduce ourselves to strangers, 2) Learn and remember names, 3) Ask questions, 4) Seek out and start new relationships, 5) Perform new things in front of others.” After an early overview, Dr. Rollag proceeds in Part 2 to devote a chapter to each of these skills.