Friday, November 16, 2012

SMU student publishes book

By Joua Xiong
Cardinal Staff

A Saint Mary’s University senior published his first book, The College Life Guide 101, to provide helpful tips and resources for students who are heading off to college.

SMU senior Brian Thomas published his book in March 2012. His book offers tips on handling student loans and the process of the financial aid application. The book also gives advice on how to manage and balance a college schedule as well as choosing the right major.

The College Life Guide 101 is the perfect preparation tool for college,” said Thomas, who hopes to guide future college students. “I wanted to help future students with the same kind of struggles that I had coming to college.”

Thomas enrolled as a freshman at SMU in 2009 with some of his difficulties adjusting to college life. “College has a lot more responsibilities,” said Thomas. “It was a major transition from being a high school student.” He said his struggles motivated him to start the book in 2010.

According to Thomas, his goal is to have the book translated into other languages. In the future, Thomas hopes to create a new edition that features additional series of the college life guide.

Thomas, from Chicago, Ill., is majoring in English and minoring in art. He is the Student Senate’s vice president for public affairs and a member of the men’s varsity basketball team. He writes for the Cardinal newspaper and enjoys creating poetry.

The College Life Guide 101 is now available and can be purchased at and 

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