Best First Year consists of 8 lessons and with over 50 videos. Each lesson includes 4 to 10 short videos digging deeper into each lesson topic. There are also accompanying exercises to help prepare, plan, and navigate all the changes ahead. These are the same videos and exercises used in high school and college classrooms around the world. In addition to all the videos, you will also have access to all WEBINAR REPLAYS and LIVE Q&A sessions with Harlan Cohen.
BEST FIRST YEAR LESSONS
LESSON 1: INTRO TO COLLEGE (5 videos)
> PLAY SAMPLE VIDEO: The Three Ps
LESSON 2: THE FIRST FEW MONTHS (8 videos)
LESSON 3: CAMPUS LIVING (11 videos)
LESSON 4 : LIFE INSIDE THE CLASSROOM (7 videos)
LESSON 5: FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE (4 videos)
LESSON 6: DATING & RELATIONSHIPS (12 videos)
LESSON 7: COLLEGE AFTER DARK (4 videos & webinar)
LESSON 8: FINANCES (8 Videos & webinar)
I’m Harlan Cohen and I’m the New York Times bestselling author of the #1 book on college life, a syndicated advice columnist, and a speaker who has visited over 500 high school and college campuses (watch TEDx talk here). I help students and parents get comfortable with the uncomfortable. This all started during my first year in college. I graduated from a top high school, but was totally unprepared for life in college. I struggled to find my people. I didn’t know how to find my places. I got impatient and felt totally lost. Eventually, I transferred. It cost me time, money, energy, and emotions I didn’t need to spend. I soon realized that I wasn’t alone. Over the past 20 years, the problems haven’t changed — it’s students’ ability to cope with them. But it doesn’t need to be this way. That’s why I created Best First Year.
MY BOOKS: The Naked Roommate is the #1 book on college life (1 million+ copies in print). It’s used as a textbook in high school and college classrooms around the world. The Naked Roommate for Parents Only is the go-to-book for parents and is recommended by top institutions. The Naked Roommate’s First Year Survival Workbook is used in high school and college classrooms to help students prepare, plan, and navigate all the changes ahead.
Harlan’s newest book is WIN or LEARN: The Naked Truth about Turning Every Rejection Into Your Ultimate Success. This growth mindset book is being used as a common read on many college campuses. This fresh approach to risk-taking introduces readers to a Win or Learn framework that reduces fear and alleviates anxiety. Harlan helps readers set goals, navigating obstacles, and learn how to embrace all possible outcomes. There’s no such thing as failing with this approach. Either you win or you learn.
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COLLEGE SEARCH & SELECTION: Harlan breaks down college search & selection while delivering a new approach that simplifies the process and empowers students to make the best college choice. Oh, and he removes a lot of the stress and anxiety. This workshop is for students and their parents. > All-Access Pass Required
COLLEGE LIFE: It’s everything they never tell students about life in college. AND it’s the most important stuff. Harlan gives student (and parents) tips, strategies, and advice to prepare and plan for everything and anything in college. Students and parents are welcome. > All-Access Pass Required
FINANCES: Harlan’s going to help you save now, spend less, and graduate with no BIG financial surprises. No one likes financial surprises (unless it’s winning the lottery). > All-Access Pass Required
PARENTING: Harlan helps parents know what’s coming and how to be the best partner during the college years. Parents are more involved and need to know more. > WATCH REPLAY
WIN OR LEARN LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: What’s do you want to happen this year in college? What makes you uncomfortable? Who are you people? Where are your places? How long will it take to get there? Harlan delivers a step-by-step approach to help you set goals, take action, and move forward with confidence and clarity, regardless of the outcome. Get access to the same leadership workshop Harlan presents to students, parents, and professionals. > All-Access Pass Required
Join Harlan for virtual online events in 2022. Harlan will address college search, selection, and college transition. This Q&A is designed to answer all your questions and concerns in a smaller setting.
Use these fact-packed events to prepare, plan, and navigate life in college. Available 24/7.
Get exercises to videos, exercises, and activities available from Harlan’s institutional first year success program (distributed by Kaplan Test Prep). This is the only place for students and parents to get access to these awesome resources.
Eager, excited, and sometimes anxious students heading to college
Caring and concerned parents who want their kids to be their best
Counselors and educators who work with high school or college students
* Institutional pricing available