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Thriving at College (Chediak)

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Tyndale House Publishers
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Going to college can be exciting, anxiety inducing, and expensive! You want your child to get the most out of their college experience—what advice do you give? Thriving at College by Alex Chediak is the perfect gift for a college student or a soon-to-be college student. 

Filled with wisdom and practical advice from a seasoned college professor and student mentor, Thriving at College covers the ten most common mistakes that college students make—and how to avoid them! Alex leaves no stone unturned—he discusses everything from choosing a major and discerning one’s vocation to balancing academics and fun, from cultivating relationships with peers and professors to helping students figure out what to do with their summers. 

Most importantly, this book will help students not only keep their faith but build a vibrant faith and become the person God created them to be.


Table of Contents:

Part 1: College Matters 

Common Mistake #1: Chucking Your Faith 

Common Mistake #2: Treating College as if it Were High School 

Part 2: Relationships Matter

Common Mistake #3: Not Being Intentional 

Common Mistake #4: Distorting Dating and Romance

Common Mistake #5: Refusing to Grow Up

Part 3: Character matters

Common Mistake #6: Being a Flake 

Common Mistake #7: Living out of Balance

Part 4: Academic Matter

Common Mistake #8: Being Too Passive or Too Cocky

Common Mistake #9: Living for Grades

Common Mistake #10: Wasting Opportunities



Alex Chediak is a speaker and a professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University. He is the author of the bestselling book, Thriving at College and has published numerous articles in Christian College Guide and Boundless, a Focus on the Family online magazine for young-adult Christians. Alex completed his bachelor's degree at Alfred University and an MS and PhD in engineering from the University of California–Berkeley. Originally from the Chicago area, Alex and his wife, Marni, and their three children now reside in Riverside, California.



"Don't leave home without it." - Leland Ryken, professor at Wheaton College

"Discover how to get the most out of your time inside and outside of the classroom." - Bob Lepine, cohost of FamilyLife Today

"All the thing I speak to college students about are here: maintaining your faith, developing nurturing friendships, having wisdom in relationships, becoming mature, finding balance, growing in spiritual maturity, seizing opportunities. A must-read for kids headed to college and those already there." - Tedd Tripp, best-selling, author of Shepherding a Child's Heart