Monday, June 13, 2011

Five Must-Read Books for College Students

College students have a lot on their plates. Working, studying, and getting involved on campus keep most students’ schedules packed.  Add on to that grocery shopping, cooking, doing laundry, and spending time with friends, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed.  Here are 5 books that can help you navigate through all aspects of the hectic college life without losing your balance:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Especially good for incoming students, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens highlights the characteristics that set successful students apart from the pack and how to cultivate those traits within yourself. Covey addresses one of the main issues that plague college students: time management. Offering multiple strategies to organizing one’s time, this book is an excellent resource for students who need help managing their classes, work, extracurriculars, etc.

College Cookbook: Dorm Eating and Apartment Feasting by David Poran

Whether you are living in a dorm or an apartment, one skill you should acquire during college is how to cook. Eating out frequently can be unhealthy and expensive, but cooking in a small space with limited appliances can also be challenging. The College Cookbook offers smart solutions for college students to cook creative and healthy meals in dorm rooms and apartments, including how to make hot sandwiches using a clothes iron.

How to Study in College by Walter Pauk

Freshmen and seniors agree, studying is important and probably one of the biggest sources of stress in college. How to Study in College offers tips to help take the stress out of studying and increase students’ effectiveness. With suggestions on how to concentrate better, improve memorization, and manage stress, Pauk explains all when it comes to how students can make the most of their study time. 

Making College Count: A Real World Look at How to Succeed in and After College by Patrick O’Brien

If you are looking for one book with advice on how to succeed in all aspects of college life, from choosing a major to landing an internship or job, Making College Count is the book for you. For upperclassmen who may not feel as though they need study or time management suggestions, O’Brien still offers valuable information on applying to graduate school or searching for a full-time job.

Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want by Jenny Blake

An excellent guide to making decisions after your undergraduate years are over, this book is an excellent resource for seniors and recent grads.  Underclassmen may also find this book helpful in defining what they hope to gain from their education and how they will apply that to building their future. Blake offers something for everyone in this concise guide to the “real world.”

We have listed what books we think college students should read - what about you? Leave a comment and let us know!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for including me in this great round-up -- I'm honored! In great company, for sure :)