Whether you want to sharpen your mind before college or are just looking for a way to pass the time while you're vegging out on a hammock, these summer reads are sure to resonate for incoming students like you. (And you'll want to get a head start on number five!)
1. The Tools, by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. You're about to begin a whole new chapter, and with that, you'll need to tap into a whole new set of skills and tools. In The Tools, Stutz and Michels highlight five of, what they consider to be, the most important tools for "living life in forward motion." Perhaps the most relevant section for a soon-to-be college freshman? Learning to be your unique self, freely! (Download it to your iPhone or iPad for easy reading for $9.99)
2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey. Much like his father's book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Sean Covey's take has also been deemed a #1 New York Times Best Seller. The book emphasizes lessons on being proactive, prioritizing tasks, and collaborating to reach a goal—all of which are needed to make it in college—and in the real world. (Get a paperback copy from Amazon for as little as $9.93.)
3. Shifting to the Business of Life: A Survival Guide for Young Adults, by Janet Nast. You know those responsibilities you just don't quite have a grasp on yet? Like filing your W-2 forms, or balancing your checking account, or registering to vote? Well, this book covers it all. Perfect timing for your first taste of independence—it even touches on tattoos and piercing etiquette in job interviews! (Find it here for less than $9.00.)
4. Lord of the Flies, by William Goulding. Lord of the Flies emphasizes the importance of being a good leader and a critical thinker. (And there's nowhere else you'll need those skills more than as a college student.) So even if you read this one in high school, give it another shot—you might see things from a whole new angle. (Download it to your Kindle for $2.99.)
5. Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference, by Warren St. John. Okay, this one is required for all incoming freshmen at Becker, so it wouldn't be right to leave off the list. You'll read the tale of a refugee youth soccer team as they attempted to acclimate to their new American town. Then, you'll take quizzes on and discuss the book in your First Year Experience course, and potentially others. (You'll receive your free copy during New Student Orientation.)
That reminds us...have any fun photos from orientation you'd like to share?