The Voice of College

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College Expert Dr. Michael Severin has helped hundreds of freshmen students with his extensive leadership involvement within the residence halls including three years as a Resident Assistant, two years as an Academic Resource Coordinator, one year as a Community Advisor, and one year as a Resident Manager. He first helped incoming college students as a summer freshmen orientation leader. Michael served as a Supplemental Instructor for popular freshmen courses and co-taught a university introduction course for freshmen Honor students. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Iowa State University in 2005.

He was involved in the Honors program and graduated in the top 2% of students in the College of Agriculture. He was then accepted into a professional program after three years of undergraduate study and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 graduating in the top 10% of his class. Michael is a resident in small animal cardiology and a masters student in physiology.

College expert Kipp Van Dyke has made helping college students his career choice. His extensive work in the residence halls includes three years as a Resident Assistant, two years as an Assistant Complex Director in an all freshman building, five years as a Residence Life Coordinator, and currently is the Assistant Director for Student Assistance and Outreach at Iowa State University. He has worked with the orientation program while a college student serving as an orientation leader and also advising this group as a student. While in graduate school, Kipp received the Vic Swenson Student Friendly Award. The following year he was named the "Advisor of the Year" in his first year as a young professional at Kansas State University. He has also been nominated for both a regional and national "Outstanding New Professional" award through two different professional organizations. Kipp was also named a 2010 'STATEment Maker' by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. This is an annual honor that recognizes the early personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to society of ISU's young alumni.

Kipp earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family services from Iowa State University in 2002. He was involved in two honor societies at his college and also served as a Substance Abuse Peer Educator for the campus. He then earned his Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Minnesota State, Mankato in 2004.

The Voice of College

The Freshmen Experience

Authored by Kipp Van Dyke
Authored with Dr. Michael Severin
Illustrated by Nicolas Kline

The streamlined style of the The Voice of College: the Freshmen Experience makes it easy to read and visually appealing with extensive usage of lists, illustrations, stories and points to ponder. This comprehensive book covers all major freshmen topics including: transitioning to college, academics, dorms, roommates, dating, finances, alcohol, laundry, and everything in between! This handbook is arranged in the chronology of a typical freshman student's experience, ranging from summer orientation to leaving campus in the spring. As a freshmen guide book, it prepares students for the major professional and personal choices they will encounter during college. The Voice of College has the practical and insightful information that a college freshman needs and wants with refreshing, unique humor to keep the reader interested. Dr. Michael Severin and Kipp Van Dyke have over 15 years of combined experience helping thousands of first-year college students while living in the residence halls and working on college campuses.

Table of Contents:


Chapter One: Introduction: The College Experience

Part A:

Chapter Two: Orientation

Chapter Three: Premove: The Check-List

Chapter Four: Leaving Home:

Chapter Five: Move-In Day

Freshmen Moments: First Day


Chapter Six: Introduction: Opportunities and Choices

Part A: College Life

Chapter Seven: Campus Housing

Chapter Eight: Roommate

Chapter Nine: Laundry

Chapter Ten: Campus Food

Chapter Eleven: Exercise

Chapter Twelve: Computers and Technology

Chapter Thirteen: Transportation

Freshmen Moments: First Week

Part B: Choices

Chapter Fourteen: College Finances and Budgets

Chapter Fifteen: Alcohol

Chapter Sixteen: Dating: Relationships, Breakups

Chapter Seventeen: Sex

Chapter Eighteen: Health and Safety

Part C: Academics

Chapter Nineteen: Academics Introduction: Investment and Purpose

Chapter Twenty: Majors and Advisers

Chapter Twenty-One: Class

Chapter Twenty-Two: Professors

Chapter Twenty-Three: Class Syllabus

Chapter Twenty-Four: Grades

Chapter Twenty-Five: Text Books

Chapter Twenty-Six: Time Management and Scheduling

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Studying and Study Groups

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Tests, Papers and Projects

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Stress and Depression

Chapter Thirty: Dead Week and Finals Week

Chapter Thirty-One: Four Year Plan

Freshmen Moments: Midterms

Part D: College Memories

Chapter Thirty-Two: Typical Day

Chapter Thirty-Three: Friends, Fun and Weekends

Chapter Thirty-Four: Leadership and Involvement

Chapter Thirty-Five: Campus town and communities

Chapter Thirty-Six: Parents, Home Life and Homesickness

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Religion

Chapter Thirty-Eight: Diversity

Freshmen Moments: Fall and Winter Break


Chapter Thirty-Nine: Spring Semester Introduction

Part A:

Chapter Forty: Spring Break

Chapter Forty-One: Preparing for Summer

Chapter Forty-Two: Preparing for Next Fall: Pre-Sophomore Year

Freshmen Moments: End of the Year

Publication Date:
1439248664 / 9781439248669
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Guidance & Orientation

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