Tuskegee University student writes book to help others transition to college life


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 10, 2014) — Aneesa Sood, a sophomore biology major from Tuscaloosa, Ala., has written a book detailing how to be successful in college. Sood, is also the founder of an award-winning anti-bullying program, But Words Will Never Hurt Me, and has been featured in U.S. News and World Report online and in Justine Magazine. 


Sood's book
Throughout the book, “Freshman Fifteen: The Most Important Things I Learned in My First Year of College,” Sood shares personal experiences that have helped her to excel in college, have fun, make a difference on and off campus, and develop leadership skills. In addition to serving as Miss Sophomore, she is an AXA Equitable national scholarship recipient and a Tuskegee University Eminent Scholar.

“I wrote this book because I wanted to help students make the transition from high school to college, but it includes helpful information for high school students and college students of all ages. I hope that my experiences will assist others,” Sood said. “My book includes tips for balancing schoolwork and social activities, being a leader on campus, making great grades, getting along with roommates, and planning for a happy and successful year.”

Tips for good grades 

Sood introduces her plan for success by sharing tips for stepping out of comfort zones and making and keeping friendships. But, she also highlights the importance of students putting their studies before their social activities and keeping their schoolwork in order. According to Sood, simple steps such as buying and using an agenda can make the difference between excelling and failing in college. 

“Having an agenda will help keep you organized and help you avoid being penalized for late assignments. You should keep all of your professors’ office hours in your agenda so you can reach them when you need help,” she said. 

Sood’s book also covers topics such as internships, networking, personal branding and planning for success. She urges students to plan in order to do well in their courses. She encourages forming good time management skills and seeking academic help early in the semester. 

“It’s important to have a plan that includes the small steps you will take to help you achieve your goal,” she said. “If you want straight As, for example, your plan should include the amount of time you will need to study every day to reach this goal.”

Sood also writes about factors that inspired her to start her anti-bullying and self-esteem programs. Her book includes step-by-step plans that students can follow in order to create successful community service projects. She credits organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, Jack and Jill of America, Leadership University, and Save the Children with helping her develop essential leadership skills.

“Freshman Fifteen: The Most Important Things I Learned in My First Year of College” is now available electronically on Amazon.com. The paperback edition will be available in February 2014.

About Tuskegee University

Founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee University is home to approximately 3,000 students from the U.S. and 30 foreign countries. The academic programs are organized into seven colleges and schools: 1.) Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science, 2.) College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, 3.) College of Arts and Sciences, 4.) College of Engineering, 5.) College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, 6.) Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, and 7.) School of Education. 

Tuskegee University is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, doctorate, and professional degrees. The following programs are accredited by national agencies: architecture, business, education, engineering, clinical laboratory sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, and veterinary medicine.

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