January is slowly coming to a close (or it feels like it at least with all the Valentine’s Day candy already in stores), which means my college graduation is only five months away. Whether you’ve graduated college or you’re also in school, you probably know how I feel: mostly excited but anxious too.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m absolutely a type A. I like to be as prepared and organized as possible so it comes as no surprise that as my graduation approaches, I’m attempting to get ready. Today, I wanted to share these five books that I think every college senior should add to their library to read before grad. Click read more down below to check them out!
1. Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is an incredible woman and the COO of Facebook. Her 2010 TEDTalk about women being held back, not only by others but also ourselves, led her to write a book on the subject matter. This edition is written specifically for graduates, which I can admire. This book will motivate, inspire, and raise consciousness. Sandberg does a fantastic job balancing her own personal experience and examples with concrete guidance so the reader can learn to “lean in” to herself. For any woman struggling with their individuality, this book can support you.
2. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
I just bought this one and I can’t wait to read it! It focuses on why your twenties is arguably the most important decade of our lives and how to make the most of these years. As a twenty-something myself, this of course intrigued me. It’s written by a clinical psychologist who feels that this is the most transformative period of our adult lives, despite a “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture and overall attitude. This book will teach any reader more about work, relationships, identity, and more change during this time.
3. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
This is easily one of my favorite books. If you don’t know who Aliza Licht is, you should. She is a PR and fashion maven who completely revolutionized social media. While at DKNY, she created a persona known as DKYN PR Girl on Twitter. Read more about that here. What makes this book so helpful is it’s very focused on social media, public relations, and communications. If you want to go into any of these fields, this is a must-read. Her tone is engaging and the book is actually pretty funny while still giving helpful advice.
4. The 20 Minute Networking Meeting: Graduate Edition by Nathan Perez and Marcia Ballinger
The millennial generation is truly the first generation to understand the importance of networking, yet we all dread it. But why?! It’s so crucial to a job search in particular that it can’t possibly be ignored. The approach this book suggests, the 20-minute networking meeting (20MNM), makes me want to network. It’s simple, straightforward, and valuable. The book has a lot of helpful advice geared towards graduates, including dos and don’ts. This is great because no one wants to network improperly when reputation is so important.
5. Wait, How Do I Write This Email? by Danny Rubin
I stumbled across the author of this one on Twitter and this book is absolutely incredible. I haven’t read it in full just yet, but I’m so excited to. Though I intend to read it from front to back, you don’t have to. It has a really helpful table of contents that includes how to’s like how to set up a networking meeting and how to respond to an awkward email. Anything you can imagine, it’s probably there. Even if you only ever use this book as a reference, it’s worth it.