August is here, and that means that college is right around the corner (only two weeks away!) Whether you’re a freshman just starting or an upperclassman getting ready to finish, school can be exciting but also stressful, frustrating, and sometimes, too much to handle.
If that’s the case, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are five books that we recommend to help you through school:
By Harian Cohen
This is a great book to help you prepare for college before you get there. It’s full of fantastic advice on just about anything; from bad roommates, sharing bathrooms, to even the 13 different kinds of college hook-ups. I highly recommend this book before you start the school year – whether it’s your first or last year in school – to start preparing for what you might see.
By Dan Harris
It might seem strange – almost ominous – to recommend a book about happiness to college students. However, it’s no secret that college can be a challenging time for many. 10% Happier is a great book that helped me through a very stressful time in school. It explores the benefits of meditation and shows how powerful of a difference taking a deep breath can make. It also shows how a change in perspective can help raise your happiness by 10 percent. And being just 10 percent happier can make all the difference in the world.
By Mark Manson
Warning: Strong language. A lot of crazy stuff can happen while away at college – bad roommates, tough classes, plenty of drama – and sometimes, the best approach is to not care at all. This New York Times #1 Bestseller teaches you exactly how to do that. The book argues that we have a limited amount of energy to care about things, so why care about the small stuff?
By Blair Thornburgh
There’s so much that goes into college that it’s hard to be prepared for it all. Stuff Every College Student Should Know is a great reference guide for all of the unexpected scenarios that you might face. From how to pull an all-nighter to how to do laundry to and how to make ramen noodles. Keep it on the bookshelf in your dorm room and be prepared to pull it out for advice on the strangest of things.
By Stefanie Weisman
Enough with the books on how to prepare for and avoid the bad stuff about college. The Secrets of Top Students teaches you how to achieve success in school. Weisman writes that success is not about being smarter than everyone else, but instead the techniques you use to succeed. The book teaches the best ways to take notes, study, write papers and more. As a college student myself, I can attest to the fact that these are the most important parts of college – and parts that take a long time to learn on your own – instead, let this book show you how.
Now get out there and get reading!