Thriving in Transitions edited by Laurie Schreiner

My first year of college was pretty boring. I intentionally avoided college life. Though I lived on campus, I dodged my resident assistant constantly and purposefully missed campus events. At that time, I had no interest in the college experience. I wanted to get in, get my degree, and get out.

My second year of college was quite turbulent. I began to struggle academically. My personal life was chaotic. My carefully planned out life had exploded. Things were messy and I didn’t know what to do. And this was the start of my college experience.

Slowly but surely, I got involved in college life. I went to events. I made friends. I connected with my RA. I found new ideas and new passions. I was revitalized and refocused. Fast forward a few years and now I have made a career in higher education.

Thriving in Transitions is a fantastic book. It is a well researched, relevant, and practical work. Each chapter offers amazing insights based in experience and research. I am sad it took me this long to read this amazing work, however reading up on positive psychology from Dweck, Haidt, and others helped me have a better understanding of the works presented in this collection.

If you are interested in student success in any shape or form, this book is a must read.

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