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Kelly bone FREAK ACCIDENT "Freak Accident," a novel, by Nick and Don Jacobs meticulously defines kismet as being only a "freak accident" that life throws at every animal or human being unexpectedly. As a Freshman College student, an individual might somehow try to prepare for the irrefutable obstacles nature will sporadically toss at each student as the journey begins in search for a better successful life in the nearby future. Jacobs, on the other hand, points out the fact that tragedies of life are portrayed as "freak accidents" with no preparation for the unpredictable because as a living individual "no one sees it coming." Attitude is everything. From the start, recent high school graduates tend to have a negative attitude about college. With that adamant mentality, students do not possess the desire to learn or have the thirst for knowledge and simply refuse to attempt anything if something appears to be tedious and insignificant.

Dropping out of college within the first year is the road chosen by many freshman to travel down. If college students were only aware of the fact that "Success in life has little to do with liking and a lot to do with trying," then maybe students would concentrate a little harder on trying. A positive attitude, determination, setting goals, and working toward achieving the goals set by a certain individual can help inspire that student to work hard and not give up.

From the beginning of puberty, an adolescent has the idea of being invincible and in control of one's life branded indelibly in their minds. This thought however, is indubitably only setting an individual up for failure and disappointment. As part of a college experience the blizzard in the novel," Freak Accident," represents formidable turns and dead ends unplanned for. These unexpected events and situations or "freak accidents" raze the security one once had. "The well- known poignant anthem of teenagers, "We are the bulletproof, we are the fearless, and we are the risk-takers. We face danger and laugh," is abolished if an adolescent survives the cruel power of nature. It is during these difficult situations or tragedies that an adolescent matures, and is brought back to reality that living on earth is temporary. Not even the richest of the richest can escape. "The teenager's cloistered lives are suddenly exposed to the harsh reality of surviving in a dangerous world full of uncertainty." Shadow Darwin, in the novel, "Freak Accident," serves as a mentor, a friend with beneficial advice. College students can benefit from someone like Darwin if a student can find a friend in a teacher. Freshman college students need aid from a superior person such as a college professor who will care and help an individual if needed especially since freshmen college students are more likely to be vulnerable to outside influences. A teacher who will encourage a student to continue studying instead of degrading an individual can help a student morph into a positive human being with endless possibilities. College students must learn to stay away from peer pressure and to control sexual stimulus since it is twice as strong as in high school. Staying away from drugs, alcohol, and partying is important for an individual to succeed. Strategize and look before you leap.

After reading the novel, "Freak Accident," by Nick and Don Jacobs, and individual can come to understand, that life is full of difficult situations or "freak accidents. However, if an individual pays close attention to signs, many minor freak accidents can be avoided. As a college student, an individual needs to abolish procrastination and just get on with it. Using mental and self-disciple techniques will help a college student succeed if only an individual will keep trying.