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The K-State First Guide to College Student Success is a resource to help students successfully navigate through their first year at Kansas State University. It serves as part of the K-State First mission to create an outstanding university experience for every first-year student by helping with the transition to college-level learning and college life. The textbook helps improve chances for student success by focusing on fostering campus community, offering resources for diverse activities, highlighting academic expectations, and empowering students with personal responsibility and social agency. Instructors are encouraged to use the textbook in their K-State First classes, and it is also offered as a direct resource for students. In any university setting there are often unwritten rules that students are expected to understand, and this guide addresses and answers those questions directly. The information included within allows students the chance to explore the general history and traditions of Kansas State University, how to foster positive relationships, maintain personal health, and offers academic and social resources. Several sections focus on expectations for students and their behavior inside and outside the classroom. Skills such as time management, information literacy, writing, and financial literacy are also explored in detail. The diversity section encourages students to recognize the importance of varying perspectives and relationships while in their college communities. Also offered within are health and wellness resources that link directly to specific pages on the K-State website, and discussion points and resources linked to the Common Book that every freshman is expected to read. Several students involved in the K-State First programs also offer their personal advice throughout so those reading understand the real-world implications of the advice and information they’re being given. Ultimately, this guide encourages students to be engaged learners and to enjoy all facets of education, both inside and outside the classroom.

This edition also features resources for the 2017-18 K-State Book Network (KSBN) Common Book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon.



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4th edition

Previous Editions

3rd ed. Coleman, Tara; Eiselein, Gregory; Kinley, Kylie; Lehning, Emily; McKinley, Mandi; Schober, Carmen; and Vaughan, Mariya. "K-State First Guide to College Student Success: The Essentials for First-Year Students at Kansas State University" (2016). NPP eBooks. Book 9.


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college success, life skills, time management, information literacy, KSBN Common Book, common book, common reading programs, Kansas State University, college traditions, first-year students, student etiquette, first-year seminars, learning communities, first-year experience, Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


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The K-State First Guide to College Student Success: The Essentials for First-Year Students at Kansas State University