Navigating Your First Year in College: Resource List

This list of resources is a companion to the articles found here: Navigating Your First Year in College and Helping Your Daughter Successfully Navigate Her First Year of College, by Monica Valdivia Aguilar, MA, MFT.

Clicking on a book will take you to, where you can order it. You may also want to check out some of these titles at your local library!


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Book References

For Parents:



For Students:

Your College Experience: Strategies for Success
by John N. Gardner and A. Jerome Jewler
College Rules!:
How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College

by Sherrie Nist, Ph.D., and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Ph.D


For Students with ADHD or Learning Disabilities:

Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life
by Sari Solden
This easy to read “self-help” book is a feel good, affirming book, helping individuals understand some of the differences of ADHD in women as compared to men!
Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey
Hallowell and Ratey have three books: Driven to Distraction and Answers to Distraction are the old standbys. Delivered from Distraction is a bit more “positive” about the ADHD personality.
Survival Guide for College Students with ADHD or LD
by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.
Less than 100 pages, and a general “how to get organized, how to get help” sort of book. It gives very little information on what ADHD IS, but lots of suggestions about what to DO about it in the college setting.


For Mental Health Professionals:


Books for students who may be dealing with depression:

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David Burns

Breaking the Patterns of Depression, by Michael Yapko

Depression Is Contagious: How the Most Common Mood Disorder Is Spreading Around the World and How to Stop It, by Michael Yapko

Books for students who may be dealing with anxiety:

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, by Edmund Bourne

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