Taking Charge: Your Education, Your Career, Your Life

2 Feb

TSTC Publishing’s Taking Charge: Your Education, Your Career, Your Life works to help students achieve the most out of their college experiences in order to succeed later on in life. Right now, TSTC Publishing  is working on the second edition, adding new profiles of TSTC students and instructors. The staff also is working to customize the book for McLennan Community College, adding photographs of the campus and profiling its students and instructors.

The book starts with helping students learn how to decide what interests them in life and how to set goals in order to achieve their dreams, whether the dreams are personal, educational, or professional. The book addesses what everyone can benefit from knowing, starting with time management, handling money, personal safety and ending with critical thinking, research and communication skills, and dealing with diversity.

One extremely insightful chapter, Chapter Four: Better Safe than Sorry, is  to new college students. The chapter begins by discussing how eating and exercise habits of college students tend to become negative because of the pressure put on them by academics. Not only does it discuss why these habits become negative, but the book also gives suggestions on how to change those habits. A habit anyone can take away from the book is to snack on fruits and vegetables during the day instead of eating double cheeseburgers, especially when looking for energy to survive an all-night study session.

Many college students do not realize how important sleep is for their health. While eating and exercising is something everyone tends to realize as important, sleep is one thing people tend to over look. The chapter discusses how adults should get an average amount of eight hours of sleep a night, though college students typically get less than 6.5 hours a night. People realize they are tired, and instead of working on setting a goal to get an adequate amount of sleep, they gulp down coffee after coffee, or eat lots of sugar-filled snacks for energy. This section also lists tips on what an adult can do in order to achieve the maximum amount of sleep they require. Some of those tips include: taking a hot bath one-and-a-half hours before bedtime, turn down the thermostat and avoid electric blankets at bedtime, and don’t eat food within two hours of bedtime. Research shows students are less likely to become ill if they get enough sleep every night.

There is also a section on campus safety, which discusses both safety in the classroom or laboratory, and safety when going out. There are some precautions in the laboratory setting that are universal no matter if the student is in high school or in college. Some of them include: Don’t wear loose, floppy clothing in the lab, wear closed-toe shoes, and don’t eat or drink in a chemical laboratory. These precautions help the student protect not only himself, but also those who are working around him. As for campus safety, the book gives tips on how to protect oneself in general, whether they are at the college campus late one night studying, or walking to their car from the mall after a shopping trip. The book advises students to keep your doors locked at all times, don’t leave valuables or personal information lying around, don’t accept rides from people you don’t know, and to be aware of your surroundings.

The entire chapter can be summed up in the last section title: Watching Out for Number One—You. The entire book is a guide to help students get the most out of life, whether it is at school or in the workforce, while keeping themselves safe. The book informs students of things that may seem like commonsense, and yet students may not even realize it at the time when the knowledge may become useful, like the things discussed in Chapter Four. It can help anyone succeed in whatever they decide to do in their lifetime.

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