By Marissa Johnson
Saint Mary’s University junior Brian Thomas has recently published his first book, The College Life 101, a transitional guide to assist college freshmen.
The book covers a wide range of topics including financial aid, choosing a major, involvement in extra-curricular activities and saving money on textbooks.
“I saw high school students who weren’t prepared for college,” Thomas said. “I thought, what better way to help than by writing a guide?”
His book stresses the importance of balancing students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom, especially since it is the first time many of these students are living on their own.
Thomas, an English major, is involved with the First Generation Initiative program at SMU and plans on spending the summer working on the Countdown to College program, which is designed to help prepare high school students for college.
Thomas said that his book is “not as much about monetary gain as it is about helping students.” He believes that if students are prepared for college during high school, they are more likely to succeed in college and beyond.
The College Life Guide 101 will be in print by the end of March. In the meantime, it is available as an eBook on his website www.collegelifeguide101.com.