"Carpe College!" for HS seniors and parents

- Author Mike Metzler discussed his book "Carpe College!" and its advice for high school seniors and their parents Friday on News 8 at Noon.

"Carpe College!" encourages students to be active and intentional about academics and the rest of college life.  Metzler said to make the most of your college experience, you can't simply sit by and let it wash over you.

Metzler calls upon two decades of experience teaching at the high school and college levels in "Carpe College!" and he currently teaching first year students at RIT.

A mantra that flows throughout the book is "Know thyself, have a plan and assume no one else cares."

Metzler said "Know thyself" means be reflective.  Ask, who am I?  Where am I going?  Why?  How?  What were my strengths and weaknesses in high school, academically, socially?  How can I prepare to adjust for this new environment?

"Have a plan" is all about asking "The June question."  Metzler said you should think about coming home after your first year and being able to answer the question, how was school?  That will help you prioritize goals.  The same is also true for a career path after college.

"Assume no one else cares" simply means take control of your own destiny.  Metzler said there will always be someone he called "frizbee guy" who doesn't care how you do on your midterm or if you even graduate.  You need to care more than anyone else!  If you plan well, you can finish your work and have time to play frizbee.

Metzler has two book signing events coming up.  The first is Sunday, July 6 from 4-5 p.m. at "Books Etc" in Macedon.  The second is Wednesday, August 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Perinton Rec Center in Perinton.

For more information about "Carpe College!" click here

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