Your college experience is a time of personal growth and establishing your goals in life, but it is extremely easy to feel lost and confused about your future during these four years. You might go back and forth between career paths, find that establishing a solid friend group is difficult, and feel doubts about your choices that are apparently supposed to determine the rest of your life. These feelings are completely in the norm, especially when it is instilled in our heads from a young age that we should have our lives mapped out by the time we graduate.
Although the idea of adding more to your heavy workload given to you by your professors may sound crazy, a great way to find yourself is through reading. You may not realize it as you’re turning the page, but picking up a good book every now and then can give you a great deal of insight. Consider heading to the campus bookstore or hopping on your kindle to start reading one of these 5 books that might just change your life.
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The story behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise is completely relatable; it is about a college graduate who quickly finds out that life after graduation is not a cakewalk by any means, and he feels extremely unprepared about entering the real world. Any college student will find this a refreshing read, mostly to see that they are not alone in feeling a little bit lost and confused about the future.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This novel by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a must-read for everyone. At times it can be a difficult and depressing read, but overall it teaches about the necessity of a support system and close personal ties in each person’s life.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Set in the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck follows a family that moves out west in search of a better life. It teaches lessons about the resilience of human beings and how we need to push through the hardships that we are faced with. Another theme touches on the importance of love and family.
The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama
In the book The Art of Happiness, you’ll get the chance to follow an interview with the Dalai Lama, so you know right of the bat you are about to dive into pages filled with wisdom. Some of the chapters cover things like a person’s right to happiness, where happiness comes from, how to find that happiness, and remaining happy throughout your entire life. It teaches everyone that they deserve to be happy and the steps to fulfilling that.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is an interesting read to say the least. It follows the lives of a group of boys living alone on an island with no adults around whatsoever, and how they quickly learn some valuable life lessons. In this book, you’ll see the importance of keeping a clear mind, finding compromise in life, and staying human above all other things.