When I was in the university, access to textbooks was one of the biggest challenges for me. I belong to a family whose financial status is but a few steps short to being called middle class. I had to take scholarship programs. But just like any other programs, it only covers the school tuition but not the miscellaneous expenses. That means we have to shell out cash to pay for the PE uniforms, laboratory fees, and of course -- text books.
I'm sure a lot of students are going through the same hurdles now, and now that I'm working as an English instructor in a theological school, I found a little help in the web to help lessen the university expenses.
During my web surfing, I came across Flat World Knowledge. It's an online book publishing site offering almost all the books we need to meet the demands of being a college student. Not only that, Flat World Knowledge textbooks are FREE if you access it online, while downloading offline prints cost around $35, and only $25 if you download it in other formats.
This has opened a great door of opportunity for my students to complete their course because access to textbooks is a perfect motivation for them. In fact, results of a recent study conducted by the Gates Foundation (http://www.publicagenda.org/) is mirrored in our students: while 60% of students who did not graduate claimed that textbooks and other fees play a big role in their performance, 58% of those who actually graduated were grateful that access to the same factors did help them finish college.
I always tell my students that investing for their future is never a loss. We may have to spend a little, but hey, it's only for the meantime. What little sacrifice we make today yields great reward in the future. What are you waiting for? Visit their site and request more info and Spread the word to your kids, students, and friends. In support to adoption of alternatives to expensive textbooks, encourage them to sign the petition to Textbook Rebellion.
Finishing college is neither a privilege nor an impossible dream anymore. With the right tools, like Flat World Knowledge textbooks, we can actually get what we have always wanted in life. Day dreaming is finally over; it's now time to wake up and pursue that dream.