Graduation Gifts That Keep On Giving


Graduation season is here! And for family and friends of the graduate, that means finding an appropriate gift.

So, what could be better than something that will help the new high school grad navigate the next four years like a 'pro' and save time, frustration, and money?

Head to the nearest bookstore and for almost the price of a greeting card -- or instead of a greeting card -- pick up a copy of Been There, Should've Done That -- 995 tips for making the most of college. This award winning best-seller is a compilation of advice from college students across the country who have been there and done that -- or didn't do it, but are more than willing to share their hard-earned tips and strategies for success.

"I got great grades and never missed a party, and here's how to do it ..." has far more impact coming from a fellow student than a boring lecture on time management from an instructor or adviser.

This 'straight from the horse's mouth' advice covers issues both in and out of the classroom. So when an economics major says, "Instructors take it personally if you cut (class) a lot. Not having an attendance requirement doesn't mean they won't take it out on your grade," or a psychology major advises "Volunteer to answer questions you do know so you won't be called on for the ones you don't," or an education major relays, "I wish someone had told me how useless and expensive drinking is. It's taken me 3 semesters to raise my GPA," your freshman will probably be more likely to listen - and benefit.



Eighth Grade Grads.

For 8th graders on your gift list heading to high school, pick up a few copies of Countdown to College: 21 'TO DO' LISTS for HIGH SCHOOL. This step-by-step guide begins the very first day of high school, and shows students -- and parents -- what to do and when to do it.

"Too many people think preparations to apply for college begin in the junior year," says co-author Cheryl Rilly, "and that's a big and a costly mistake not only financially, but in terms of stress and frustration."

Should you be looking for scholarships and scouting out dream colleges in freshman year? Yes.

Knowing what a dream college's requirements are can help you set up a four year study plan that, if left until junior year, might be too late. You may not have time to fit in the classes you need. And scholarships and financial awards can be mined as early as your first year in high school.

There will be no missed deadlines or missed opportunities with the easy-to-follow timeline the books provide, plus tips and strategies for such things as mapping out a four-year plan, taking SAT/ACT and AP exams, choosing the right college, making summers count, and of course, financial planning for parents.


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