5 Books That Will Guide You After Graduating College

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Congratulations college grad, the real world is finally here, and ready for you!

Welcome to a mysterious place full of job hunting, endless jokes about the bad economy, and plenty of cheap happy hours. While all of this sounds scary, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed.

Sometimes kicking back with a light read can help destress. Everyone needs a moment to step into another person’s shoes and gain a little bit of much-needed perspective, especially after college graduation. If you don’t quite know who you are or who you want to be, don’t freak out. By envisioning another person’s story, and stepping out of your own, you are forcing yourself to consider endless possibilities, imagine other outcomes, and eventually look at your own life with a widened perspective. Some of these book suggestions can help guide you on this new and exciting path.


The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides

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Follow three friends on their journey from their senior year to their first-year post-grad. In The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides, see how common the feeling is of not wanting to finish your thesis and how typical it is to not make the greatest decisions summer after graduating. Just know you can always bounce back.


The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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A guide on how you and your friends DON’T want to turn out. Everyone has the desire of wanting to become an interesting person. Follow these teens into an adulthood filled with career drama, questionable relationship choices, and plenty of artsy behavior. Wolitzer incredibly depicts the beauties and disasters of entering adulthood.


The Gift by Lewis Hyde

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Even if you’re not an artist these theories can help guide anyone and everyone. Hyde careful breaks down the cycle of contribution and consumption, and giving back and paying forward. All of this results in a great recipe for living a beautiful life.


Self-Help by Lorrie Moore

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If you have a short attention span like every other college grads, try these short stories. They’ll make you laugh, cry, maybe not feel better, but definitely make you feel less alone.


The Idiot by Elif Batuman

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If the title alone doesn’t already have you sold, then wait till you hear what this book has to offer. Follow the life of a Harvard undergrad as she struggles to try to understand herself and others. The novel is set in the magical realm of exploration in personal and external struggles.


Books are a great window into someone else’s shoes and thought processes. Just know that once you graduate from college and embark on post-grad life, you are not alone and these books can help you along the way.

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