Making the transition from high school to college is not always easy. Along with earning good grades, there are schedules to keep, budgets to maintain and always laundry to wash. Greg Bullock, adjunct professor of mathematics at County College of Morris (CCM), is helping to make that process easier.
His recently published book Grades, Money, Health: The Book Every College Student Should Read is based on the tips and strategies he developed as a college student first as an undergraduate at William Paterson University and then as a graduate student and teaching assistant at Seton Hall University.
“I started picking up on common mistakes I and other students were making and collecting my ideas on how those could be corrected,” says Bullock. “When I was writing my dissertation in graduate school and needed a break, I started organizing all those ideas and writing this book. I wish I had this book when I started college. That's what ultimately inspired me to go ahead with writing it, hoping that others would have the chance to have that resource.”
The book covers a wide range of topics, from effective study habits and strategies for building relationships with professors, to tips on how to keep track of your keys and ID card and how to wash your clothes so everything does not end up gray, to the true costs of driving under the influence and STDs.
There’s even a chapter “Be Nice” noting how showing respect to everyone from professors to the people working in the cafeteria can make a real difference in your life, notes Bullock. “My hope in writing this book was to offer my own personal experience as a college student so students could draw upon that and enhance their college experience and enjoy greater ease.”
And as far as keeping track of your keys and ID card so you don’t end up forgetting them as you’re rushing out the door, Bullock’s tip is to put them on a lanyard and hang them on the inside door knob as soon as you get home. “That’s what I did and I never forgot my keys.”