5 Books Graduating College Students Need to Read

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Graduation is around the corner and you’re ready to see the fruits of your college labors. Exciting times—until your parents stop helping you pay rent, you can’t drink on Thursday nights anymore, and you are in a cubicle for nine hours each day. Life right after college will take some adjusting to. Fear not: These books will help give you some perspective about how to navigate the post-grad blues.

Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown


College grads aren’t made equal. Some know how to do laundry and others… well… they’re lucky to wake up on time in the morning. “Most of being an adult is not up in your head, it’s in your actions”, advises Kelly Williams Brown. Adulting provides 468 tips on how to be an adult. From personal hygiene to money and romance, this book has got you covered.

Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School: 99 personal money management principles to live by by Cary Siegel


Cary Siegel doesn’t support gold digging—but he will tell you to marry wisely to someone with good money habits. That’s just one of 99 tips in Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School. Written with his children in mind, Siegel breaks down 8 principles with 99 tips to help newbies learn about personal money management. With the national student loan debt average settling around $33,000, it’s time to get savvy with your finances.

The Defining Decade: Why your 20s matter— and how to make the most of them now by Meg Jay


Dr. Meg Jay really doesn’t want to hear your whining. Her book hits some tough nails on the head for recent grads. In The Defining Decade, Jay, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Virginia, promises 20somethings that taking on adult responsibilities will ultimately improve happiness. She suggests grabbing adulthood by the horns to set yourself up for success in the future. “Forget all the balderdash about ‘30 being the new 20,’ she writes. “Time still waits for no man, or woman: There are no guarantees. So claim your adulthood.”

101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone


“The grass is always greener on the other side, until you get there and realize it’s because of all the manure”, writes author Paul Angone. Fortunately for those suffering the post-grad blues, Angone paints a hilariously relatable picture of everything you’re going to experience. With 101 short chapters, each will tell a secret that will help you cope with life in your 20s while realizing that everyone in that bracket is facing the same struggles.

Life after college: The Complete Guide to Getting Everything You Want by Jenny Blake


Life After College seeks to help readers find their way—in the least daunting way possible. It’s filled with quick activities and fill-in-the-blank questions as if to help you hang onto your youth. “Change is constant, and only one thing is certain: life after college is a series of ups and downs, full of personal exploration and opportunities for growth,” Jenny Blake describes. If you’re looking to find your passion and purpose, this book will help you make sense of your dreams and aspirations with a few workbook exercises and quirky anecdotes along the way.