If you are about to go to college you may want to consider reading some, or all of the following masterpieces. They are all books which have been shown to help students prepare for life in higher education. This may be to ensure you are aware of commonly mentioned quotes and their context, or it may simply be to expand your vocabulary and alter your perceptions:
George Orwell’s 1984 is a fascinating work of fiction that has been referenced countless times by academics and journalists over the years. This is partly because it was written long before 1984, and suggested a future of ‘Big Brother watching you’ – something that seems to have come true.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous books in the western world, and an example of what can be achieved when you really want something; the author was just twenty-one when she wrote it. The language and structure of the book has been used to aid the teaching and understanding of the English language for decades. It is also a must-read for every young person attempting to write something of this quality.
The Alchemist draws you into the world of searching for individual ability or talent. It can inspire your journey to college and onward, into life. New grads with goals and expectations should definitely give it a try; it’s sure to ignite the belief that dreams can become reality.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
This partly historical novel is based in the 1850s, and offers an insight into the difference between the lifestyles of the rich and poor in England and France. A Tale of Two Cities is still referenced today in political discussions, as people question how much has really changed. Much of the vocabulary in this book is actually featured in the standardized aptitude tests used today.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
This story attempts to illustrate the importance of our existence; everyone only lives once and it’s important to live each day to its fullest. Life is an adventure, and you should be true to who you are and follow your own path. Although many of Huckleberry’s choices seem to be rather peculiar, every decision is motivated by a desire to understand himself better and stay true to his own values: an important lesson for everyone!
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers is the source of the theory that you must practice something for ten thousand hours before you can be considered an expert. It cites examples of successful people who have made use of this tactic, and explains how any student can graduate from college as an expert in their chosen field.
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
The Richest Man in Babylon shows the difficulties of waiting until after you graduate college to you decide what job to pursue. In essence, the logic is simple; there are thousands of others graduating at the same time as you looking to establish their careers. Instead, the book teaches that you should look to start making your money whilst in college.
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
At first glance, this short comedy about where the cheese went seems very light-hearted. However, if you picture yourself as the mouse, you can learn some valuable lessons about responsibility. Who Moved My Cheese also provides insight into how to react to life’s changes.
Gifted Hands: the Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson
Gifted Hands is a book that should inspire anyone to achieve or at least reach for a goal, no matter how impossible it may seem. Mistakes are an inevitable part of life’s journey. Making them is not the issue; learning from them and moving on is what makes the difference between success and failure.
College students aiming for success – as well as those eager to make a difference – should devote some more time to reading books. Choose a genre that appeals to you, and dive into an imaginary world that can motivate you to achieve greatness in life.
– By Christopher Austin and LoveReading.co.uk!
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1984: See featured image credit.
The Alchemist: Taken from Google Books.
The Richest Man in Babylon: Taken from Goodreads.