Whether you’re commuting to your summer job, lazing around at the cottage, or hanging out in a hostel – this is the perfect time to pick up a book.
These three reads will encourage you to think about, prepare for, and appreciate the changes that will soon be coming your way after graduation.
This book inspires action like no other. In this quick-read, Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist specializing in adult development, discusses the importance of making good decisions in your 20s. She combines real patient stories with scientific data to prove how your early choices can have lasting effects on your career, love life, and happiness. In her book, Dr. Jay discusses topics such as finding your first job, the importance of your social circle, and factors to consider when choosing to date someone.
You may have read Keegan’s essay of the same name, which became popular following her tragic death shortly after she graduated from Yale in 2012. That essay captures the unique emotions that a lot of us may feel when graduating – a combination of nostalgia, doubt, and optimism. The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of Keegan’s essays and short stories that explore the same themes. Some of her pieces are realistic and personal (like a humorous take on her gluten allergy), while others are more imaginative and risky.
After the success of Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five in 1969, he became a highly-coveted commencement speaker. This book is a collection of the nine speeches he made at various US post-secondary schools in the following twenty-five years. He talks about various topics such as technology, religion, and the significance of community – all with a lens of criticism and wit. When reading this, picture yourself at your own graduation ceremony. You will learn from and laugh at his personal stories and observations.
These are just three of the many books that offer varying perspectives on how to handle the challenges that come with young adult life as a new grad. They should not tell you what to do or what not to do, but should rather inspire you to seek those answers for yourself. Happy reading!