Harlan Cohen, a nationally syndicated advice columnist, will discuss “The Naked Truth About Life in College,” 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Washington State University, CUE 203. A reception with pizza will follow in the CUE atrium.

Book cover for 'The Naked Roommate'.The event is sponsored by Washington GEAR UP and the WSU Common Reading Program, a part of the Office of Undergraduate Education.

College is one of the biggest transitions young people face, said Cohen, who is an expert on life transitions. During his talk, he will offer advice about how to get over the fear of being imperfect and how to achieve your goals while in college.

Cohen is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run into in College.”

First-year and other WSU students are reading the common book, “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything” for many classes, and enjoying extracurricular programming related to it. Cohen’s presentation is part of the WSU Common Reading Program lecture series that allows students to learn from experts in their fields about topics raised in the book. Verification of attendance is available to students who need it for class credit.

For more information, visit the WSU Common Reading Program website.