GSU professor's book helps transition to college

Intended for students, parents, counselors

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek resident and Georgia State University professor Perry Binder has released a book intended to help college students.

“I’ve been teaching for a long time and probably the biggest transition that I see is when high school graduates go into college,” said Binder, an assistant professor of legal studies at GSU’s Robinson College of Business and author of “99 Motivators for College Success.”

He said the skills one learns in college are different from those one learns in high school. College tests critical thinking skills, while most high schools focus on memorization. Furthermore, if one is away from home for the first time, it’s another big transition.

Binder cited his own experience of getting a C- on his first freshman English paper.

The book includes advice on how to pick a career major, how to succeed in class and how to adjust to college life. Binder came up with 99 bite-sized tips and quotes for all three topics. The appendix contains model questions and answers on how to handle essay questions and multiple choice exams.

“The book is not just for high school graduates,” he said. “It’s for parents to see the pressures that are put on college students and high school guidance counselors to assist students.”

Much of the book deals with taking risks in college. He advised students to do what they loved, but not jeopardize those they loved, including themselves. He also dealt with taking risks to advance one’s professional career. He cited his own experience clerking at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Buffalo, N.Y., when he skipped the opportunity to be an extra in a baseball movie. It turned out it was “The Natural,” one of his favorite baseball films. This is a minor regret — he could have easily done the risky thing and skipped work for a day.

“Sometimes taking a risk is beneficial in the long-run,” he said.

He advised people to never crush anyone’s dreams. However, he emphasized the importance of setting realistic goals and said the riskier one’s dream, the better one’s backup plan must be.

Binder self-published his book through Amazon.com in April.

“I love owning the copyrights to everything I do,” he said. “I teach intellectual property law, so I try to live the concepts I teach business students.”

The book “evolved” over a year, from summer 2011 to April 2012. The cover consists of a tan background with equations written on it. Binder’s original idea was for the cover to mimic a white board written on with different colors of ink, but Amazon came up with a better cover.

This is Binder’s second book. His first book, published in 2009, was “Unlocking Your Rubber Room: 44 Off-the-Wall Lessons.”

The book is available for purchase in print or electronic forms on Amazon.com.


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