Looking for some books to read before you go to college? Then, you’ve come to the right post.
I’ve included 5 books that you should read before you go to college so you go informed, prepared, and ready to tackle almost every obstacle that you come upon.
More importantly, it’s 5 books that I wish I read BEFORE I went to college (cuz I would have made a DRASTICALLY different decision if I did) and I don’t want you regretting any decision that you make from this day forward.
Your life won’t be perfect but you can be prepared to make choices that will save you TONS of $$$ and time down the road and supports the life you dream of living later.
Let’s jump into it.
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U Chic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (and Beyond!)
Hands down, the first book you should read before you go to college is U Chic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (and Beyond!). It will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about college, including:
- college safety
- college relationships
- greek life
- dorm life
- campus life
- preparing for college exams
- things to do in college
- college finances
- financial aid and student loans
- eating on campus
- the college 15 and fitness
I read it the summer before my freshmen year of college and it was so on point.
One of the tips that I was super grateful for was the college safety section.
Call me naive but, up until that point, I didn’t realize how dangerous campus can be late at night.
Not that you should be scared but you should never be walking to the dorm from across campus late at night, because there could be some creep lurking in the bushes who is looking to rape you, stalk you, rob you, etc.
I also learned that colleges SHOULD have designated people like college security you can call if it’s late at night or you feel too unsafe to walk home alone, who will escort you home.
Well, that tip came through for me!
One night when I was leaving the library by myself (10PM), I remembered the book and the tip to call security to get an escort home.
Well, at my school we have panther movers (college employees who drive go-karts) whose job is to pick up students late at night who need an escort to the dorm.
I called panther mover and they met me within 5 minutes and took me straight to my dormitory’s front door (literally!).
I had never been so grateful to read this book.
As such, I highly recommend that you check out this book!!!
College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoff
Are you unsure what college major to pick?
Are you unsure if you’ve chosen the right major?
Are you wondering if the college major you choose will land you a job and a great payoff later or leave you out to dry?
Well if you’ve had any concerns about the above, and EVEN if you don’t have any concerns, I highly recommend that you check out this book.
More and more people graduate from college every year with regrets that they chose their major because it turned out to become:
- completely useless
- doesn’t prepare them well for the workforce
- not competitive enough
- limited career opportunities
- didn’t use their degree
- the earning potential is much lower than the money they’ve spent to get the degree
And the last thing I want you to do is invest 4 years + $50,000K or more in heavy student loans on a major and degree you don’t end up using or can’t use.
This book solves that issue.
Taken from a U.S. Census Bureau study of over 170,000 college students, this book offers accurate and helpful information about which majors are the best investment, the job and salary prospects from each major, what each major’s graduates do on the job, and more!
It’s definitely an eye-opener and one I wish I had bought BEFORE I chose to major in political science.
I wasn’t interested in becoming a politician or academic political science professor so had I not gone to law school and became a lawyer, I would not have had a suitable job prospect to fall back on.
Make sure your major is worth your time and money and get this book.
Now, the only drawback to this book is that it is taken from the last census which was held in 2010 so the book is a bit out of date.
The authors update the book after every census but since our most recent census was last year (2020) it will take some time for the next book to come out.
Nevertheless, there is plenty of great information that will help you a LONG way that still makes this book worth the read.
Plus, it’s only $1.95 on Amazon. A freakin’ steal if you ask me!
So I highly recommend that you grab this book.
Welcome to Adulting
Another book you should read before college is Welcome to Adulting!
If you’ve ever wanted a really great book on adulting, this book is it.
This book will help you navigate your way through faith, friendships, dating, money management, interpersonal conflict…
Basically, all things that will become important to your adult life. This book received a near-perfect score, earning 4.8 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
The only hang-up a few people had on the book was that is that everything (money management, dating, career, friendships) seem to center around faith which may not appeal to you if you aren’t religious.
Nevertheless, I think this book is definitely one worth checking out if you don’t mind a fresh Christian perspective.
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He’s Not That Interested, He’s Just Passing Time: 40 Unmistakable Behaviors of Men Who Avoid Commitment and Play Games with Women
College is a great place to meet guys, date, and find the one but OMG, I WISH I had discovered this book when I was going off to college.
I would have saved so much time, heartache, and emotional pain, had I read this book.
READ NEXT: **If you want to learn about what happened when I got hit with “the ball is in your court,” line that broke the camel’s back of my friendship/relationship, read here.
Anyway, if you’ve ever been:
- friend zoned before
- felt like you could fix your relationship and it didn’t work
- tried or prayed for some guy to like you and he never did
- had feelings for a guy who never liked or loved you as much as you did
- in a relationship where you were dating the wrong guy
- in a relationship with a guy who is unwilling to commit or take things to the next level
- with someone who cheated on you
- flirted with but never taken as serious girlfriend….
then this book is for you.
This dude will tell you exactly what to look out for, what lines guys usually default to when they’re not that interested, and when to flag a guy so you can break things off and move on from a guy who has no intent on taking things to the next level.
This is huge because some girls lose it in college when their boyfriend breaks up with them or the guy they’ve been talking to a really like time uses them over and over again and abandons them like trash when they find someone better…
I’ve seen some college girls’ grades plummet, drop out, withdraw from classes, miss class, get pregnant, and get an STD, all because they were pursuing guys that weren’t pursuing them…just passing time.
That’s why this is the next book you should read before college.
You’ll learn to avoid getting played and avoid the high school drama, so you’re only entertaining friendships and relationships that bring love and happiness to your life.
You can check out the book here.
The Millionaire FastLane
The last book you should read before college is The Millionaire Fastlane.
I know – what a cheesy title, right?
I hesitated when I saw the title too and hesitated again before I bought this book.
But I promise this is not a get-rich-quick book.
It’s a book written by multimillionaire MJ DeMarco who gives a no B.S. about how to become rich and wealthy.
Up until this point, school has probably taught you that the way you get rich is by going to college, getting a good education, land a good job, save your money, put it away in a 401K, maybe invest in a mutual fund if you have the extra cash, work for 40 years, and when your 65…retire rich!
But MJ DeMarco explains why this “slow lane” will not make you rich and what you need to do if you truly want to become rich and wealthy, retire early, retire your parents one day, by a Lambo (if you so desire), and not become a victim to the booms and busts of the economy.
Now, you may be wondering why would I suggest this book if this might discourage me from going to college?
I believe it’s important to keep an open mind and weigh the pros and cons of both sides.
Unfortunately school trains and prunes us to join the American workforce…
They’re not interested in telling us that we can also become successful business owners too.
Some of us are cut out for jobs while others are cut out for business, so allow yourself to get to know both.
Who knows, after reading this book, you may also find an excellent way to marry your college degree and the Millionaire Fastlane principles together, if your wish is to create wealth and retire early/rich.
For example, you could choose to major in web design and then start your own web design company on the side, and scale it after you graduate by teaching your own online courses on web design or creating products that support website owners.
There are so many opportunities open to you and this book gives you insight into the other half of possibilities that most high school graduates don’t learn about in school.
You can check the book out here if you’re interested.
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