Finally a Book that can Actually Help College Graduates Navigate Life After College
What if I told you that life after college is terrifying and hard. Are you ready to say goodbye to a dependable class schedule and a safe environment where everyone has your back? Have you read blogs and talked to older friends about soul-crushing jobs that have them desperately looking for an exit. Not to mention the struggles of being in a new city trying to navigate a new dating scene and find new friends.
Filled with stress and anxiety yet?
Well sorry to say there is no cheat code that allows you to automatically win at life after graduation. But we have the next best thing – a collection of 38 essays written by a special group of twenty-something-year-olds that have survived the battlefield of life after college.
These essays are captured in a new book called the Freshman Year of Life and this book provides the unfiltered truth behind work, home, and love once college ends and adulting begins.
Each essay features straight talk that you’ll have no trouble understanding – it’s like having a conversation with an older sibling with Chelsea Handler’s personality who is giving you life advice through entertaining stories of failure, success, and humiliation.
What’s even better is that the topics for each of these essays were created and chosen by a community of 250,000 college students across the country. It’s safe to say that the most important issues and concerns on the minds of college students that are about to graduate are covered in this book.
To give you a taste of the book, here is a summary of our 5 favorite essays:
1. Useful by Mara Wilson
Quick! Name this child star who played Matilda and then ended up being an after-school teacher at an underserved public elementary school following graduation. Mara Wilson turns out to be just one of us and shares a personal story about not quitting despite having to work in an environment where rats crawl along the cafeteria wall and police are constantly being called to break up fights among kids.
2. Thongs are a Bad Idea and Other Advice – Laura Wilcox
Earning respect in the workplace is a new experience that many college grads will go through. Before earning her respect in comedy and as a writer, Laura had to survive her first job as an unappreciated young female assistant and this embarrassing incident of accidently sharting herself while working.
3. Domesticity 101 – Justin Warner
Let’s face it most of us won’t be rolling in the dough when we get our first jobs. But just because you are borderline broke, doesn’t mean you have to live and eat like a savage. Justin Warner shares his advice on the important everyday things you’ll need for your apartment from his experience of living on a budget before he got his big break on the Food Network. Hope you like eggs and rice.
4. L is for… – Lauren Wachenfeld
Dating in the bubble of a liberal college is easy. But what happens when you take someone in the LGBT community and move her to a conservative part of Kentucky where dating becomes near impossible? Follow Lauren’s journey through Tinder and bars as she figures out how to introduce herself to a world that isn’t quite ready to accept her.
5. How to Make New Friends as an Adult and Why – Puja Patel
If you listen to Puja Patel preach, you’ll quickly realize that friends forever after college is total bull**** . She makes a good case for why becoming an adult means finding people who share your values and interests instead of good drinking buddies to share stories with. Her criteria for friends to get rid of and new ones to make is worth paying attention to.
Will you be able survive and thrive after college? Most likely yes. However, you can save yourself a lot of pain and make those early years on your own much more manageable with the help of these amazing stories filled with advice.
Order yourself a copy of Freshman Year of Life just in time for graduation!