U Thrive: How To Succeed in College (and Life)

Lerner, Daniel & . Little, Brown. Apr. 2017. 320p. illus. index. ISBN 9780316311618. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316311632. ED
This wordy but helpful work by performance coach Lerner and psychiatrist Schlechter, both professors at New York University (NYU), focuses on thriving, changing, staying healthy, and excelling in college and later in life, with an emphasis on mental wellness. The authors organized scientific-based pearls of wisdom and active learning exercises from their NYU Science of Happiness course. Highlights include sections on establishing relationships and connections; identifying strengths that lead to higher levels of engagement; understanding mind-sets; dealing with adversity; and developing healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits. This content might be better digested or paced in a first-year experience course as opposed to being devoured cover to cover by students on their own. Features include takeaway tips at the conclusion of each chapter and an index (not seen). This book would make a practical high school graduation gift for college-bound readers or college sophomores.
VERDICT Recommended for collections that focus on college readiness or first-year coursework and for individuals interested in preparing for university.

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