I wrote the first edition to Grades and Girls back in the winter of 2013/2014. It was a way for me to not only be nostalgic about my recent graduation, but to pass on what I had learned to current and future college students.
Though there were a couple books on college at the time, no book combined the academic side with the social aspect of college (Hence the title Grades *and* Girls). This is the first, and only, book that I am aware of that combines the two into one overarching book.
The book was never published though because it felt insincere on my part. After graduation I moved home with mom and dad. I had two liberal arts degrees, and none of them could get me a decent job. Therefore, I couldn’t publish this book without being an expert on the subject.
The reason there are so few books on college is because no one can spend a lifetime studying college. Most only get four years’ worth of observations, and then they move into the “real world.” I had a unique opportunity as I decided to go back to school for my Master’s in the Fall of 2015. I now had the chance to go back to school, and observe the dynamics of university from an academic and social perspective again.
This time I did things somewhat differently. As of now, I am working nearly full-time in my final semester of school. I feel confident in my understanding of how college really works and thus have the knowledge now to pass that on to the reader.
This is not to say everything about college is wonderful. In fact, I spend the first part of the book criticizing college, and pointing out all its faults. That’s not a hard task to do these days. This book, and college in general, is not for everyone, but it is a helpful guide for young men no matter what path they choose in life.
Compared to the original book, Grades and Girls is twice the length! I essentially wrote an entirely new book and spent a ton of time on it. I am a perfectionist, and I felt I couldn’t leave out any subject that guys may want to read about. Now, no college student will be without the tools to have a kick-ass life in college and beyond.
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And a big thanks to Matt Lawrence for the sweet cover design.