3 Inspirational Books for College Students

College is quoted to be the “best years of your life” but in actuality, it can be anything from lonely and isolating to completely alienating. For a lot of students, college is the first time in their lives where they’re forced out of the comfort zone of their hometown. They may encounter people whose thinking is vastly different from their own, and that may be a very jarring experience. For other students, they may just be trying to figure out where they fit in the world and what they want to do with the rest of their lives. On top of that, there’s the stress of schoolwork and keeping a job in order to feed yourself. This may not leave any time to sit down and read, but instead of going out with friends one weekend, try taking some time for yourself and reading one of the books below. You may just find that you’re not alone, after all.

1. Catching a Miracle – Mark J. Spinicelli

Whether you’re interested in the study of oncology or the medical field in general, you have had the heart-wrenching experience of having a family member get cancer, or even gone through the arduous and tumultuous time of being afflicted with cancer yourself, this book will speak to you. Dive into the world of Dr Shelly White as she races to find the cure for cancer – and meets some unexpected twists and turns along the way. A novel that’s easy to escape into, but still has a grounding tie to the real world, you’ll be captivated by Shelly’s story and her mission to cure cancer.

2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

At a time in your life when you’re trying to figure everything out, this book is super relatable – especially for kids who may have been outcasts or geeks in high school. No supermodel-handsome male character with a chiseled jaw and abs made of steel in this book – the title character is described as a “fat ghetto nerd” who is interested in anime, Dungeons & Dragons, and Dr Who. Embark on a journey of learning with Oscar as he discovers how to deal with the past and move forward with his life in the way he wants to.

3. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay

In a world where Instagram is flooding your every waking moment with conflicting images of delicious food you want to eat through the screen and super skinny, athletic supermodels who you secretly want to be, it can be tough to make peace with where you fit in. Especially in college, where everyone is trying to figure out who they are, and really establishing the habits (including eating and exercise habits) that will follow them through their lives, it can be easy to fall victim to unhealthy fads and trends just because you want to look a certain way. Gay writes about her own body issues in a way that any college student struggling with comparing his reflection in the mirror to his peers can relate to. Her transparent writing style will pull at your heartstrings and maybe even force you to take a good, long look in the mirror (pun intended).

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