7 Self-Improvement Books for College Students

You may not realize it right now but the one asset you have throughout your life and one that no one can take away is you! Pick up one (or all) of these self help books to become the best person you can possibly be.

101 Secrets for Your Twenties

101 Secrets For Your Twenties self help booksOne thing no one tells young people is that their twenties can be great, but they can be confusing too. (Yes, a quarter-life crisis is a real thing). This book helps you navigate the many challenges you are sure to encounter in your twenties. It takes you through everything from those nerve-wracking first job interviews to how to handle a break-up and not feel like the worst person in the world. It’s written in a witty, honest, and wise voice that will entertain and inform. 101 Secrets For Your Twenties is a must-read to pick up for your nineteenth birthday.

The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture self help booksFor most a “last lecture” just means the end of the school year, but for Randy Pausch, it was different—he was dying, and he knew it. Read one of the funniest, most riveting, and fascinating books ever posthumously published. Keep the tissues handy—you’ll cry at the end. But it’s well worth it for the advice on overcoming obstacles, encouraging people around you, and chasing your childhood dreams. Filled with inspirational quotes, you’ll remember this book for a very long time. “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” –Randy Pausch

Everybody, Always

Everybody Always self help booksLearn how to love like you’ve never been hurt and live like you can’t wait for tomorrow. Bob Goff’s best-seller: Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People. More than just a feel-good self-improvement book, Goff’s style is warm and witty. For a book about friendship  and love, the anecdotes are definitely intriguing. Looking at the cover, would you expect stories about Ugandan witch doctors? Probably not, but that’s exactly what you’ll get. This book will have you enthusiastically embracing the world around you. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Habits of Highly Effective People self help booksA staple in the self-help industry, this book is practically legend. Often lauded as Stephen Covey’s seminal work, it outlines transformative habits. More than just a book for those looking to get into business, this little tome can help you no matter what you’re studying. With its no-nonsense style and easy reading, this is a must-read for everyone. This book will help you organize your life from the inside out. It may be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary, but the advice is far-reaching and timeless. 

Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl Wash Your Face self help booksEver think that everybody else has life figured out and you don’t? You’re not alone. Written in the same warm, witty voice as her blog posts, Rachel Hollis wrote this book with women in mind (but men can certainly enjoy it too). Hollis discusses everything from how to handle rejection gracefully to “keep on keepin’ on like it’s no big deal” when things get tough. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be is an excellent read for young adults. 

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People self help booksA heavy-hitting self-help classic, Carnegie literally taught us everything we need to know on how to be an influential person. How to Win Friends and Influence People has been around for decades and it’s still as popular today as it was when back in the day. Read this book and make notes. Not only will it help widen your circle of friends but it will also help you climb the ladder of success in your professional life. You’ll be reaching for this one more often than you may think.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps

Adulting self help booksThis is the stuff they don’t teach you in school anymore. How to calculate an interest rate, the best way to do laundry, and why it’s a bad idea to move in right next to a bar are just some of the many sage pieces of advice in this book. You’ll find yourself highlighting whole paragraphs in this book. 

Knowledge is power, and these books are some of the most powerful reading material available that won’t break your budget.

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