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This textbook companion 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. Ultimately, this guide encourages students to be engaged learners and to enjoy all facets of education, both inside and outside the classroom.



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Previous editions were called "The K-State First Guide to College Student Success," and the 4th is available at


New Prairie Press




college success, life skills, intercultural learning, time management, information literacy, Kansas State University, college traditions, first-year students, student etiquette, first-year seminars, learning communities, first-year experience


Higher Education

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Your Journey to First-Year Success: A K-State First Companion Textbook