5 Must-Read Books for College Students

Are you unsure about which major or career path is right for you? Maybe you’re having trouble adjusting to college life or looking to maximize your career opportunities post-graduation. Luckily, there are some great books to help you navigate college life and beyond. As a college student, the last thing you probably want to do is read even more beyond your assigned reading. However, the books chosen for this list are easy to read and highly rated. Below, five books every college student should read.


The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between

The updated edition of The Freshman Survival Guide includes new research on issues such as mental health, sexual assault, and finding balance. It also offers expanded sections on topics like dating, friendships, social media and money management. Whether you need academic guidance, advice on dorm living or help with nutrition, you’ll find what you need in this book.

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know

Whether it’s your freshman or senior year, 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know will provide valuable advice to help you succeed in college. Author Harry H. Harrison Jr. provides practical advice ranging from class enrollment, living on campus, study habits and more.

The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook

The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook contains more than 100 recipes?ranging from classic staples to more adventurous options?that can be made with just 5 ingredients. And they can be made in less time than it takes to watch an episode of your favorite TV show. Every dish is fresh, healthy, affordable, and designed for first-time cooks with limited resources.

U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life)

From the professors who teach NYU’s most popular elective class, “Science of Happiness,” U Thrive is a fun guide to thriving in college and beyond. “Filled with fascinating science, real-life stories, and tips for building positive lifelong habits,¬†U Thrive addresses the opportunities and challenges every undergrad will face — from finding a passion to dealing with nightmarish roommates and surviving finals week. ” (from Amazon.com)

You Majored in What?: Designing Your Path from College to Career

In You Majored in What?, author Katharine Brooks proves that you can get the career you want no matter your major. The book helps readers choose their best career and shows them how to get it in a creative and practical way. In addition, you’ll be able to map your experience to gain insight into your strengths and passions and create goals to get where you want to be in life.

After spending years in grade school where most decisions were made for you, adjusting to college life may prove difficult. From choosing the right major to managing your schedule, it can all be very overwhelming. The books above are designed to help you thrive in college no matter your specific goals and challenges.

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