Friday, August 16, 2013

College Bound!

Whether you're leaving home to embark on a brand new life far far away or staying close to home in order to save money, there are things you'll need to know about college and the exciting new adult life you'll be living. You will, after all, need to start doing exciting things like filing taxes, signing leases, and paying bills... with your own money.  Some great books exist to help you on your way to full-fledged adulthood and I thought I'd share some of my fave books geared to helping you survive your college existence and beyond. (Of course most of this will apply even if you aren't going to college; this stuff pops up automatically at 18 and isn't dependent on a college degree.)
  • Adulting: How to Become a Grown up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps"Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps" by Kelly Williams Brown. I have loved this book every since I read an excerpt on-line months ago and requested it through our wonderful "Can't Find It?" button. This book covers everything from looking for jobs to what you need to look for in an apartment before signing a lease to how to get your parents to actually think of you as a real live functioning adult. Funny and amazingly useful. 
  • "The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College" by Harlan Cohen. Or naked floormate or dormmate because really there's always that one person who can't seem to get dressed and you need to be prepared to deal with it. This is the end-all-be-all college primer. Got a question about how Greek life works? Dealing with homesickness? Want to know how to survive classes? It's all in here! Being the responsible adult I am, I want to also point out the great chapters on drinking and drugs and how to not be so stupid you get sick/die from them.
  • "The Everything College Survival Book" by Susan Fitzgerald and J. Lee Peters. This one has the same basic stuff covered in the first two books: what to pack, how to settle in on campus, getting involved... then BAM! It busts out some great sections on managing your time, picking a major (not as easy as you think), snagging internships, and deciding to transfer. It's also super easy to read and find exactly what you're looking for. 
  • "College Vegetarian Cooking" by Megan Carle and Jill Carle. Why a vegetarian cookbook? you may be asking. Because if you've looked at the other three books you'll know that making your own food is way way WAY cheaper that buying fast food or boxed frozen meals. Because now is the time to start eating your veggies to keep you and your brain extra healthy. Because the excitement of having ice cream for dinner wears off pretty quickly. Because who doesn't want to be able to impress their friends by making something called "crispy polenta with sauteed vegetables?" 

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