Stuff in the ‘The Freshman Survival Guide’ Category

11 September, 2017

Bradbury-Haehl

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is co-author with Bill McGarvey of The Freshman Survival Guide (Center Street/Hachette), which went into a second edition in Spring 2017, and upcoming, The Twentysomething Handbook, which Thomas Nelson will publish in Spring 2021.

She has worked with teenagers for more than 25 years. She has presented at the National Catholic Youth Conference and is a sought-after leader of workshops and retreats for parents, teens, and college students.

  • She authored ScriptureWalk: Discipleship, God’s Word, Your World,  and Sunday Prayers for Teens. She was a writer for Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics and the Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.
  • She’s been a contributing editor at BustedHalo.com and was editor for their Young Adult Ministry in a Box project. She also writes for God’s Word Many Voices.
  • The first edition of her book The Freshman Survival Guide for new college students was featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and the second edition has enjoyed Amazon Bestseller status.

Nora is an editor at Saint Mary’s Press. She is active in interfaith youth work, bringing young people of different faiths together to do service and learn about each other. She loves creating opportunities for young people to have conversations that matter.

She and her husband Greg have four teen and adult children and live in Rochester, NY.


11 June, 2016

The Freshman Survival Guide, Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey

A completely revised and updated values-based guide to navigating the first year of college that speaks to college students in their own language and offers practical tools that readers need to keep from drinking, sleeping, or skipping their way out of college.

In the four years since its initial publication, THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE has helped thousands of first 51eT-QB--LLFreshmanSurvivalyear students make a successful transition to college life. However, much has changed on campuses. The explosion of technology, ubiquity of social media, and culture changes have all added new layers of complexity to the leap from high school to college. THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE’s updated edition features new research and advice on issues such as mental health, sexual assault, and finding balance. It also features expanded sections on dating, money management, and an increased focus on how the over 1.5 million incoming freshman can prepare themselves for the biggest change they’ve encountered in their lives: heading off to college.

THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE is a strikingly clever work from Bradbury and McGarvey in which the potentially tremulous first weeks of college life are dissected into 25 must know survival tips. From healthy relationship building to avoiding the disastrous pull of procrastination, the guide colorfully dispenses common sense and holistic development. The newest members of any college community will find in this guide a wonderful blend of down-to-earth advice and answers to the deepest of life questions. It is not afraid to address the big life questions of faith, service, the meaning of life and one’s spiritual journey. I can not think of a better gift to give a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, a godchild or grandchild who is heading off to college.―Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., President, Association of Catholic Colleges and UniversitiesEvery young person goes to college with a computer-and now they need to go with THE FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE.―Bob McCarty, Executive Director, National Federation of Youth Ministry

College students arrive on campus with impressive resumes and advanced academic skills. Many, however, do not have the ability to confront the profound questions of meaning, values or spirituality that will face them as they enter the adult world. This book makes an important contribution to helping college students navigate these defining moments.―Wayne L. Firestone, President, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is a writer for teens and 20-somethings and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry. She has a unique perspective into the challenges they face, their fears and concerns, and the risks involved in beginning college.Bill McGarvey is former editor-in-chief of the award-winning BustedHalo. He has written and commented extensively on topics of pop culture and faith for BBC, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, America, The Tablet (London) Time Out New York, Sirius-XM Radio, Commonweal, and Book magazine.