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Deljah S. Dickson is the author of Freshman 101: A Road Map and Journal to Surviving Your First Year of College, the comprehensive resource guide for successfully navigating freshman year.


After hearing legions of stories from her friends about their good and bad college experiences, Dickson shares the principles she discovered the hard way her first year of college at famed Howard University. Her annual journal and personal survival guide includes anecdotes, tips and ideas that offer students practical information on how to successfully get through every aspect
of campus life.


Dickson quickly gained notoriety for her work, selling copies of the guide to high schools and school districts across the country and touring with theBlack College Expo, where she is a celebrated keynote speaker and popular panel moderator.


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In addition to penning Freshman 101, Dickson was a  contributing writer to Precious Times Magazine and a staff writer for community-based newspaper, LA Focus. She has collaborated on a cover of Ebony Magazine and co-authored a Nelson Publishing urban Bible titled REAL.


Dickson's humorous delivery style and ability to inspire and connect with younger audiences has made her a sought-after speaker, with invitations to speak across the country at numerous events such as the Black College Expo, The City of  Los Angeles-sponsored Cash for College Conference and the Essence College Tour, where she spoke at her alma mater, Howard University.


Dickson was born and raised in Los Angeles, but now travels frequently between Los Angeles and Chicago, where she lives with her husband and daughter. When she is not practicing Japanese or giving talks on college readiness, Dickson (who was trained at Le Cordon Bleu International) is usually enjoying a gourmet meal with her family.


Dickson plans to release the second edition of her book later this year.

Authors Mission
To give students staying power by providing practical tools to be successful through every area of campus life and build essential life skills to insure a successful first year.


Authors Vision
To remove the apprehension, anxiety and confusion from the minds and heart of each college freshman, by providing a roadmap to maneuver though life’s first independent journey by changing challenges into a positive experience of academic pursuit.



Speaking Line Up
How to Prepare for College
Why Attend a Historically Black College
Ladies Get Real-don't let hurts of the past stop you!
Maintaining Your Values and Religious Beliefs
Birthing a Dream




Deljah is currently on tour with The College Expo!


2013Tour Dates
February 2nd
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Convention Center
February 16th
Cobb Galleria Centre
March 9th
Oakland Marriott Convention Center
March 30th
April 20th
College Expo & Student Athlete Symposium