As the semester draws to a close you’re probably swamped with things to study, papers to write, and revisions to do. This is the time of year when reading for fun, or for your future career, falls by the wayside.
However, if you’re a graduating senior now is not the time to slack off! College has taught you a myriad of things about academic life, but what about all of the other stuff like etiquette, cleaning, and cooking? Are you prepared to move out and pay your own bills? If you’re scared about managing life as an adult, here’s a list of ten books that will help you as you enter the real world.
Sure, you’ve learned the basics about finding a job from your on campus career services office, but how much do you really remember? This guide will give you step-by-step instructions for how to prepare your online presence, portfolio, resume, and network for your job search. Pollack gives reasons to do each activity, so it doesn’t seem like you are doing a lot of work for nothing. If you finish the tasks in this book, you’ll be in good shape to find a job by the time you graduate.
Politics probably haven’t been the first thing on your mind throughout college, but now is the time to find out what’s going on. If you’re really out of touch with the issues, this book is an excellent primer. Conrad takes you through “hot-button” topics one at a time and presents both the liberal and conservative views, allowing you to make your own decisions. Since the political scene is about to get heated —the Presidential election is just around the corner — do yourself a favor and get informed.
Whether you lived in a dorm or in an apartment, cleaning house probably seemed like the least important thing you had to do. Moving into your own place requires you to do basic maintenance and this guide will show you how. Everything from the proper way to clean a toilet to preparing for guests is covered in Stewart’s book. This book is worth the investment… even if you only pull it out just before Mom comes to visit!
Emily Post’s Etiquette
by Emily and Anna Post
An oldie but a goodie. You’ll be facing new social situations after graduation and the quintessential etiquette guide will prepare you for anything. While it’s unlikely that you’ll need to know the correct way to address the Queen, knowing which fork to use at dinner is crucial.
How to Boil Water
by Food Network Kitchens
Because you’ll need to eat more than Ramen, here’s a guide to cooking for absolute beginners. While some cookbooks purport themselves to be beginner’s guides and then tell you to “dice the onion,” this guide will tell you how to do each step. Soon you’ll be making (easy) dishes that will impress even the toughest critics.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey
This is one I’m sure you’ve noticed on the bookshelves. Rated highly as a productivity and business tool, Covey’s book has inspired and motivated many to succeed. As you’re starting out in your career you’ll need all the pointers you can get and this guide will help you develop habits to succeed.
The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke
By Suze Orman
Negotiating student loan payments, rent and groceries sounds terrible! Unfortunately, that’s the reality for most college graduates. Instead of going into debt, learn to manage your money. This guide will show you how to manage your money so that you can pay all of your bills and still have a little fun.
Q and A a Day: 5-Year Journal
by Potter Style
This pick might seem a little unconventional, especially since you can’t actually read an empty journal! It’s so easy to be caught up in a new job and new life that you forget the little things. This journal will make sure that you never do that! Each day’s page include a prompt such as “What is your favorite word?” or “What time did you wake up this morning?” As you track your progress over the next five years, you’ll be surprised at how much has changed!
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
by Michael Pollan
Whether you choose to change your habits after reading this book or not, knowing exactly where your food came from is a powerful thing. It’s so easy to order take-out, or grab packaged food when you’re low on time, this book will make you reconsider those choices. I believe that books about the effects of food on your body (such as Fast Food Nation) and on the planet are essential reading for graduates because it’s the first time many of us are free to make our own choices about what we eat.
by Jennifer Ford Berry
The easiest time to reorganize your life is right now when you’re already moving things around. Make your life easier by starting out organized and keeping it that way!
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