Highly motivated and driven Amanda Lucas has worked in the higher education and non-profit world for more than seven years. She is a Piney Woods and Berea College Alum. At Berea College, she received a Bachelor’s degree in African and African American History. She also received the Carter G. Woodson Award, Dr. Taylor Memorial Writing Award, and was nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Irene Scholarship Award for the play Amen Corner. After Berea College Amanda graduated from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) with a Masters in Human Services and Higher Education Student Personnel Services. Amanda has been featured in over 11 publications and written 12 articles for publications such as Town & Gown Magazine, The GRIOT, and Reader’s Digest. Her recently published book: It’s Not Me It’s Graduate School: Surviving Graduate School the Sassy Way speaks to a generation of ambitious women who are caught in the depth of their academic careers and life goals. Grown & Gone is her second book.
Grown & Gone: Stories and tips to help students survive their first independent year of college is a great book of real world stories and tips shared by college students and one high school senior. The contributors of this book are very candid as they explain their troubles and triumphs during their undergraduate year.
If you are a high school student or a college freshman, I bet you’ve got your first year of college all figured out. You are about to have the time of your life – parties, friends, fun, your own dorm room, and a bit of school work. The next few years of college will be just like high school, except no parents, no curfews, and thank goodness – no lectures. Well, that’s what we thought too. But, things don’t always work out like we think they will. If you want real life stories and tips that will help you improve your college experience, this is the book for you.
Inspiring stories. Real-life tips for High School and College students. This should be a MUST read for high school students to give them the real facts about going to college from students just like them. As a college professor, I wish ALL my students read this book before they started college.-Dr. Stevie Dawn Blakely, CEO, Orange CompassI absolutely LOVE this book! Awesome, Awesome! This is a book that every college freshman should read!-Dr. Felicia McGowan, Assistant Professor, Alcorn State University
Grown & Gone is a fantastic compilation of personal stories to give incoming college freshman a quick dose of reality. This book offers the truth about the hardships of attending college for the first time, how best to deal with professors, and how to learn from the mistakes of others. Don’t skip the checklists and challenges at the end of the book — they are a great way to prepare your high school senior for what comes next! Highly recommended!-Dawn M. Wooten, Adjunct Professor, Purdue University at Fort WayneThis is such a great book–so many good messages and impactful stories!-Stephanie Diaz, Author of the Extraction book series
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