Naked Roommate Speaking Event


Speaking-Pic-Harlan-Student-cNAKED FACTS:

  • 32.6% of college students felt so depressed that it was difficult to function over the past 12 months (source: ACHA-NCHA)
  • 66.6% admitted feeling lonely or homesick during their first year in college (source: HERI, UCLA)
  • 1 in 4 first year students will not return to the same school sophomore year (source: ACT inc)

OVERVIEW: For most high school students, college planning is all about search and selection. It’s about being the best and getting into the best school.  But there is another part of college planning that is rarely addressed. It’s the most critical predictor of student success or failure—the TRANSITION to life in college.  TRANSITION is the time from committing to a school to the end of a student’s first year in college.  It’s emotional, it’s intense, and millions of students have no idea what’s coming. New York Times bestselling author Harlan Cohen  (The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College and The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only!) helps students and parents prepare for life. Harlan delivers facts, stats, and essential information students NEED to know before ever setting foot on campus.  He gives you everything you need to have the VERY BEST COLLEGE EXPERIENCE!

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Harlan Cohen has helped millions of students make the transition to life in college. He knows what it’s like to be in an unfamiliar place, surrounded by unfamiliar people, experiencing unfamiliar feelings.  Harlan’s first year in college was NOTHING like he expected.  His roommate moved out the first week, he didn’t get into a fraternity with all his “new” friends, and his high school girlfriend dumped him (she compared their relationship to a dying puppy).  No one told him that college can be uncomfortable at times.  No one told him how to create the VERY BEST college experience. As a result, he transferred following his first year.  What he learned next is what he shares with audiences around the world.


Harlan takes the best from his New York Times bestselling book on college life, The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, and offers students everything they need to know to create the very best college experience. Harlan uses his trademark humor, personal anecdotes, facts, stats, live music, and audience interaction to help students get comfortable with the uncomfortable. He even takes text messages LIVE during his event.  Harlan customizes every event to fit the needs of the community he’s addressing.

Naked-Roommate-Book-Cover-300pxTOPICS: The first year experience, navigating change, life in the classroom, life outside the classroom, commuting, homesickness, roommates, relationships, parent issues, sex, no sex, drinking, drugs, diversity, social networking, body image, safety, sexual assault, mental health, and the issues that are most important to your community.

AUDIENCE: College students, high school students, residence life staff, Greeks, professionals, parents, and anyone working with college students.

LENGTH: 60-90 minutes



VIDEOS: See Harlan in Action