INTRODUCTION

From Chicken Soup for the College Soul

Introduction

Dear College Student,

We are excited about this book. It has been a true labor of love for us, as well as a complete education in itself. In the process of creating this book we read over eight thousand stories and poems and talked to hundreds of college students. The journey has been a rewarding one. We have discovered much about today’s students and we are very impressed with what we have seen and heard.

You have worked very hard to get to where you are and you seem to know the importance of the job that still awaits you. You are preparing to inherit a world with many problems; yet, it is clear to us that you have the intelligence and the heart necessary to confront and solve them.

Being all too aware of the stresses and pressures you are under, we have worked diligently to give you a book that will offer you the inspiration, motivation, insights and comic relief you will need to do the job at hand.

We have filled this book with anecdotes about the difficult transition from home to college and from adolescent to adult. There are stories about professors who inspire and students who excel. There are stories that will make you laugh and stories that contain the wisdom of those who have been there.

The college years are packed with so much emotional challenge. It has been said that people grow and develop the most during two periods of their lives: before the age of five and during college. Therefore, it is so important that you remember to be good to yourself and nourish yourself with as much Chicken Soup as possible during this important time of transition.

So, here you go. A book from our heart to yours. May it give you hope when you have none, may it inspire you when you most need it, and may it remind you to take things lightly and never be so serious that you forget to laugh.

We wish you love, joy, courage and the strength to persevere.

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