Making the Most of College (6D13)

Name of the book:      Making the Most of College

Author:                        Richard J. Light

Publisher:                    Harvard University Press

This book is about college life. The writer has done a lot of research on how to make the most of college as the title of the book suggests. Interviews, surveys and also the writer’s own experiences confirm the authenticity of the research and also make the results more reliable. The writer looks for the best way to study, how to choose classes and talks about a bunch of other fun findings.

To be honest, I didn’t find this book appealing. I’m not saying that it’s not a good book, I just don’t quite understand the meaning of the book. The writer tried to find the best way to study and despite it being the result of his research, it might not be applicable to all people. The way he did his study was something really personal and I didn’t find the information useful. Some of his suggestions were not even feasible, like finding a class with very few students as it was beneficial according to the writer. I think that’s just ridiculous. The book is supposed to be practical and helpful, but I don’t see it.

Plus, the advice given is very general, like time management, organization of work and selection of courses. It is kind of boring for me as I’ve heard this all before. And I was expected to read something intriguing like partying and fun stuff, but the content was really educational.

The writer probably thinks that Harvard is much like any other schools, but apparently, it’s not the case. Harvard is one of the most prestigious schools in the world. I don’t think people there have the same kind of college life as others do. The book should be named as ‘Making the Most of Harvard’ instead of ‘Making the Most of College’.

I think I would enjoy figuring college life out on my own and also have fun in the process rather than reading about all this research. I think this is part of the experience we should have when we go to college. We need to live through college not read through it. The book is probably for those who can’t get into college.