Hitting The Books: Three Must-Reads for the College-Bound Student

During the three short months of summer vacation, it’s a safe bet that most recent high school graduates will be spending their days lounging by the pool, grad-party hopping or working a summer job to save money for college. And for most, the mere mention of “books,” “studying,” or “research” might send a shiver running down their spines. While many students see the summer before college as a time to unwind and have fun, it is also an opportune time to hit the library or bookstore and start preparing for the challenging year ahead. The following titles are informative, easy-to-read books for college-bound students (and also their parents):

For the Tummy (and the hips, and the thighs…)

1. “The Dorm Room Diet” by Daphne Oz

Written by celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz’s twenty-six year old daughter, “The Dorm Room Diet: The 10-step program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan that Really Works” helps students create healthy eating habits to combat the dreaded “Freshman 15.” Since most Freshmen have a meal plan for their first year (and many university dining halls are “buffet style”), this book will help students learn how to make healthy choices when they are surrounded by an abundance of unhealthy ones.

For the Parents (but also for you!)

2. “The Happiest Kid on Campus: A Parent’s Guide to the Very Best College Experience” by Harlan Cohen

This must-read for parents is written by Harlan Cohen, author of the “Help me Harlan!” advice column through King Features Syndicate and the “Naked Suite of Products,” a series of books for college students including “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College.” The book mainly targets parents, but, as a student, I found it just as helpful. Cohen’s fluid voice and humorous scenarios makes “The Happiest Kid on Campus” easy to read and entertaining for both parents and students. It delves into many issues college students face in their first year, including having a long-distance romantic relationship, becoming a part of Greek Life, and dealing with homesickness.

For the Girls Women

3. “Chic U: The College Girl’s guide to Everything” by Christie Garton

“Chic U” is a book especially for the college-bound female. It is filled with helpful advice on issues ranging from personal safety, Facebook etiquette, and the “ins and outs” of Sorority Life. It offers personal anecdotes written by real university students, but is mainly written in the voice of Garton, the founder and president of UniversityChic.com (a networking website for university women).

While reading may not be #1 on a pre-college summer to-do-list, it’s a great idea to use books as a resource while you’re preparing for college. Other noteworthy titles include “College Safety 101: Miss Independent’s Guide to Empowerment, Confidence, and Staying Safe” by Kathleen Baty, Harlan Cohen’s complete “Naked Suite of Products” series and, for the parents, “Letting Go, a Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years” by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger. These books can be found at your local library, at many bookstores and on amazon.com.

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Emma Weissmann is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in News-Editorial Journalism with an interdisciplinary minor in Leadership Studies. Emma enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and snuggling up on the couch with her cat, “Louie.” She also spends her time volunteering and hanging out with family and friends.
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