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College can be a beautiful time to find yourself and discover what excites you. It is a time of imperfection, stress, growth and achievement. Imagine climbing a mountain; the journey you take climbing this mountain demonstrates the hard work, determination, and endurance needed to reach the top. The same applies to his trip to college. The years spent in college to make you the strongest person you are meant to be. EE Cummings, a well-known poet, playwright and visual artist, once said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” Here are three inspirational books every college student should read.
The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes is the creator of popular shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” She was also the executive producer of the television show “How to Get Away With Murder”. Rhimes’ novel delves into her experiences during a year when she said “yes” to everything she feared. Rhimes also gave a Ted Talk presentation where she discussed her experience with her Say ‘Yes’ project in more detail. “Year of Yes” is a great novel to read to remind yourself not to let fear control the decisions made in your life, because you never know what limitless possibilities might arise if you just say “yes.”
You’re Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living a Great Life by Jen Sincero
This book is an amazing read that helps readers identify key attributes of themselves and achieve their best life. There are several exercises throughout the novel that help readers identify certain beliefs, attributes, and habits that could potentially prevent an individual from reaching their full potential. This read is a great book to read if you need motivation to achieve the goals and dreams you want to achieve in your life. “You Are a Badass” is a fun, comedic, and inspirational book that helps readers step outside of themselves and honestly assess the role models who are becoming the best of us.
Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher
In this phenomenal read, author Altucher presents the idea that the most valuable asset to always invest in is ourselves. Throughout the book, Altucher illustrates how people can invest themselves in the best possible way to maximize their success and personal growth. This is a great book for people with an entrepreneurial spirit. However, overall this is an extremely motivating and inspiring book that every student should read as they work towards achieving their dreams and goals.
There will be times in your college journey where you may stumble and fall, but in the end you will become something better, stronger, and more beautiful. Thinking back to the words of EE Cummings, this is a fantastic time in your life and you are going to be an amazing person. Use these books to motivate and inspire you to reach new heights.