Increasingly, college is portrayed as posing as many perils for young women as it does opportunities and challenges. The cover ofThe New York Times Magazinetells us that "Crime Turns The Campus into an Armed Campr" at the same time that dozens of schools experience painful racial upheavals. Date rape, eating disorders, drugs and alcohol, hate crimes, the recent firestorm over political correctnessall have combined recently to make college seem a daunting, even threatening experience.
This need not be so, says Carol Weinberg, and inThe Complete Handbook for College Womenshe provides concrete, incisive advice to help young women make the most of their college experience.
Away from home for the first time, in an unfamiliar environment, paired with a stranger as a roommate, the college student faces a number of imposing academic and social challenges. As an experienced college administrator who has spent over twenty years working with students at a range of colleges, Weinberg is an ideally suited guide to help young women navigate their way through what may well be the most formative experience of their lives. Written in a straight-forward, personable manner,The Complete Handbook for College Womenis must reading for both college- bound women and students already at school, as well as a valuable guide for administrators, parents, and anyone involved with higher education.
Issues discussed include: first arrival and issues of independence and responsibility; family ties and loneliness; assertiveness and conflict resolution; physical and emotional health; eating disorders; alcohol and drugs; codependency; sexuality; sexual harassment; sexual abuse, rape, and personal safety; and the many components of living in a diverse environment, such as ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, class, disability, age, and appearance.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Arrival: Independence, Freedom, and Responsibility2. Family Ties3. Assertiveness and Conflict Resolution4. Taking Care of Yourself5. Eating Disorders6. Alcohol and Drugs7. Codependency8. Sexuality9. Sexual Harassment10. Sexual Abuse, Rape, and Personal Safety11. Living in a Diverse Environment12. Ethnicity and Culture13. Religion14. Sexual Orientation15. Socioeconomic Class16. Disabilities17. Size and Appearance18. AgeNotesIndex