September is right around the corner, and you know what that means: millions of Americans will be heading off to university for the very first time. If you are one of these new students, or you know someone who will be, you might want to check out these books all freshman should read before their first day of college.
According to the pop culture of my youth — Dawson's Creek, Gilmore Girls, Felicity, even Boy Meets World — American colleges are made up of picturesque campuses where students have big, beautiful dorms and off-campus apartments, engaging and supportive professors, and, somehow, enough time and money to do well in school, go out with friends, fall in love, and take incredible spring breaks. In reality, though, college life is a lot more challenging than how it was portrayed through the rose-colored glasses of early 2000s television.
Instead of telling young people how to decorate their dorm rooms or how to improve sub-par dining hall food, we should be preparing them for the realities of modern college life, its warts and all. These five books can help do exactly that.