"From the very beginning of the guide, you want to become Ekstrom's best friend. Her tone and style make the book easy to read and you want to keep going. She is honest, vulnerable and quite funny as she reminisces about the ups and downs of college. The advice is realistic and the stories are relatable, especially for young women but I know some young men will like it too! Jess inspires the reader to be a "go-getter" like herself, but in a way that works for them. The interactive portions of the book help the reader walk away with a plan of action to live their own purpose. As a recent college grad, Ekstrom is able to deliver something real and honest, which you will not get from most other guides, that are probably written by someone much older or much further removed from college. As a higher education administrator, I wish I could put this in the hand of ever new college student." - Austin A. Assistant Dean of Students at University of Tennessee Chattanooga
"I wish I had this book when I first started college! As a freshman it's difficult to decide what to do at college, how to manage your time, what major you're going to pick, but mostly how you will make yourself happy and successful at the same time. Jess lays out how she made this possible for herself and how anyone can make it happen for themselves as well! As a recent college graduate, she gives insight and comfort on how to make it through college while enjoying yourself and your success. The best part is that it isn't written like a lab manual or a robot describing what college is like. It's more like listening to your friend or older sister giving advice. She not only discusses the academics of college, but how to pick a good way to spend your time, like internships, or how to decide if that boy you have a crush on is right for you. I definitely am getting this as a high school graduation present for the soon to be freshmen in my life! Thanks for such an inspirational book, Jess! Girls everywhere will see their full potential after reading this!" - Kat M.
"The passion to love, help, give back to others is evident in Jessica Ekstrom's book The Freshman Fabulous. From her story of doing poorly on an exam and asking for help (and acing the next exam!), to her life experience of taking a huge leap and interning at Disney for 6 months after a hard break up - Jess' audience can feel nothing but comfort and guidance in knowing they are (and have not been) alone in their college years! If you're looking for a book about life, learning, growing, standing up for what you believe in, staying true to who you are, helping others, and loving yourself then grab a cup of coffee and get to reading!" - Kylie M.
"This is a really fun, well-written "girl guide" that is conversational and accessible. It's really refreshing to read something coming from a young girl who is authentic in her voice and experiences. She doesn't have it all figured out and isn't trying to tell you how to either, she's relaying where's she come and what she's learned. This is the kind of book that young girls need to help set them up for success and empowerment." -Sheila M.
"The Freshman Fabulous is beautifully written. Jess shares true and real advice that applies to so many young women today who are both in college and that have graduated. Jess expresses her thoughts and stories in a way that everyone can understand. This is a MUST read!!" -Katelynn Lee
"Freshman year of college is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. Before beginning my own freshman year, I found countless books that claimed to be "freshman year survival guides." Those survival guides were mostly made up of statistics and stories about crazy parties at frat houses. None of the books I found were truly helpful, and most importantly, I couldn't relate to them. Now, I am a college senior with only a few months left before graduation. I recently discovered Headbands of Hope and the inspiring young entrepreneur (and newly published author of this book) behind all the headbands, Jess Ekstrom. "The Freshman Fabulous" is a truly fabulous, encouraging, and most importantly, relatable, guide to the splendid and scary first year of college. THIS is the type of "freshman year survival guide" that I would have LOVED when I was beginning my collegiate journey. To those just beginning their college journey, I recommend this book wholeheartedly! To those looking for a gift for a college bound gal, you've found it! Kudos to Jess for creating a truly relatable guide to the beginning of a wonderful four (or more!) years. I can't wait to give this book to my younger sister in a few short years!" -Lyndsay M.
"Jess is an inspiration at such a young age! She provides great advice on dating, making friends, clubs, traveling, spring break, internships, jobs, tests, presentations, group work and much more! Must read for any incoming freshmen or college students needing advice." - Amanda E.
"Jess is both inspirational and aspirational – what she’s accomplished at 23 is incredible, but this book makes her level of success feel attainable. Her conversational writing style is easy to follow, and the included charts help readers to set and reach their own goals – defining success for themselves. While I would have loved to have this book when I went to college, I found that a lot of her tips – like waiting before approaching a professor about a test grade – are totally applicable to the young adult version of myself trying to succeed in the real world, too. I work with college-aged women, and I can’t wait to share Jess’ book with them. The Freshman Fabulous is a must read for all women trying to navigate their first – or fourth – year of college, and for those of us trying to navigate our mid-twenties, too." - Jen G.
"I would have loved this book when I was starting college. Reading it reminded me of all the things I told my little sister. I wish I’d had this to give her! Jess does such a great job of imparting awesome advice in a funny, amusing way. I’ll definitely be giving this as a gift!" - Elizabeth S.
"Freshman year of college was terrifying for me! I had no idea what to expect and but knew that awesome experiences were ahead of me. The Freshman Fabulous provides some great tips and advice on those experiences that I wish had 6 years ago. You know what the best part is? Jess not only shares her stories, but also those of her friends. She provides a great way to connect with the reader as she is one of them. I recommend this book to every young woman going off to college. You'll be more prepared and excited after jumping into this awesome read!" - Lauren A.
"The Freshman Fabulous is not really a book, but more of a conversation that you have with your big sister, who, despite being way smarter and wiser than you are, still knows how to share her knowledge with you in a fun and down-to-earth way. This “Guide to College” covers EVERYTHING from leadership skills to how to balance a relationship in a funny way that makes it very easy to relate to. Most importantly, Ekstrom demonstrates how we need to let our experiences shape who we are and what we will become in order to develop success for ourselves and those around us. Even as a grown man, I felt that I could really connect with Jess, and if I happen to have a daughter of my own, come senior year of high school, I know what book I will be getting her for some pre-college summer reading." - Anthony O.