Book Ideas for Students Heading to College in the Fall

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If you just graduated high school (or will be graduating soon), you probably have a lot of questions. You’re probably excited but also nervous about all of the unknowns. It’s hard to know what to expect because college will be so different than high school. Luckily there are a lot of great books out there that can give you tips, tricks, and information on college life. So, if you’re a student heading to college in the fall or someone looking to give a gift to a new high school graduate, there are a lot of great options to consider.

Below are a few books to consider. Not sure if one book will be better than the other for you or the student you are buying for? Check out the reviews and search inside the books to get a better idea about each book.

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It
Author: Lauren Graham
This book comes from the graduation speech that the author (and the woman who played the mom on Gilmore Girls) gave at her alma mater. The book is short, but has some inspirational words for students as they move on to their next journey.

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College
Author: Harlan Cohen
The book shares information about many things new students may encounter when they attend college. The author shares his own tips, as well as tips from college students, on all things related to college.

The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything In Between
Authors: Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey
More tips and tricks to help students navigate college.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
Author: Richard Carlson
Many of us can let little things get to us. And, those little things can affect other parts of our life. This book tries to help the reader realize that the small things are not worth sweating over.

The Her Campus Guide to College Life, Updated and Expanded Edition: How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have the Best years of Your Life!
Authors: Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Annie Chandler Wang, Windsor Hanger Western, and the Writers & Editors of Her Campus
While the book is geared towards female students, a lot of the advice is good for all students. There is lots of advice on various topics, such as dorm safety, campus safety, study abroad, and staying healthy.

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know: Like Buying Your Books before Exams Start
Author: Harry Harrison
The author shares literally 1,001 things students should know while they are in college.

College Hacks
Author: Keith Bradford
We all love hacks. Sometimes we see a hack and think, “why didn’t I think of that?” This book has so many hacks for your time in college.

Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening
Author: Becky Blades
There are many things that you need to know before leaving home. This book tries to cover everything  so you are prepared when you are on your own at college or in the workforce.

The College Bucket List: 101 Fun, Unforgettable and Maybe Even Life-Changing Things to do Before Graduation
Author: Kourtney Jason
There is so much more to college than the things you will learn in the classroom. College is also about your experiences. This books share 101 ideas to make memorable experiences outside the classroom.

Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out… and Those Already on Their Way
Author: Dr. Seuss
If you love Dr. Seuss, this book provides great advice in a way that only Dr. Seuss can.

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