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A College Reading List
May 23, 2018
During school you will find yourself consuming a lot of different kinds of media. Here are a few things you should make it a habit to read.
Email. As a student, you should quickly develop the habit of reading your email daily. Any official communication from your school will be through your email, so in order to stay informed on school business, make sure you’re caught up. You will talk with professors, fellow students, advisors, employers, and many others through your email. In school, I would read my email first thing in the morning so I was aware of anything that might change my schedule for the day (canceled classes, meetings moved time or location, etc). I would usually glance through it midday, and then again in the evening.
New books. College is a great time to expose yourself to new content. You may read a required text for a class and discover that you like that type of book. Maybe you’ve never read a self-help book like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or you’ve never heard of productivity books such as Getting Things Done. College is a great time to dive in and explore new things. I also found that my roommate’s reading preferences started to affect mine as well! After I read a few novels she recommended for me, I discovered that I really enjoyed more genres than I was reading.
Textbooks. Yes, read your textbooks. Many people go into college with the mindset that students never read their textbooks and that you have to learn how to just skim everything. But actually setting aside time to thoroughly read your textbooks will help you tremendously in school. They are full of valuable information and one of your best resources, so make sure you read them!
News. Knowing what’s going on in the world is important, so take the time to read the news! You can find online or app versions of most of the major news outlets to read from your phone or computer easily, but your campus library will most likely get paper copies still as well. One of the best discoveries I made in college was a newsletter called theSkimm. After you subscribe (for free) with your email, you will get an email in your inbox every morning with short summaries of the major news events happening around the world. It was a great way to stay informed without a lot of effort, and it also gave me resources to read more about topics that caught my attention.
Department updates. With everything going on around campus, it’s easy to fall behind on what’s the latest in your specific department. Find out if there’s an email list or newsletter that you can be added to. If your department is large enough to have a website, go to it periodically to read any news, find out about special events, or any new faculty.
Academic papers. You may say “I read my papers ALL the time!” What I mean is that you should try to be very intentional about reading other papers, not just your own papers while writing them. At the end of the year, I would often go back and read some of the papers that I had written at the beginning of the year. It was a great way to reflect on what I had learned since then, and also to see how my writing had improved or what I needed to still work on. It’s also beneficial to read other students papers. Roommate needs something edited? Classmate wants you to proofread a paper? Taking those reading opportunities will help expand and grow you as a student.
Industry material. Interacting with the content that’s put out by professionals already in your field is a great learning experience. Does a scholar in your field have a Twitter? Maybe you want to follow them. Is there a leading blog or magazine or journal that is well-known in your industry? Find a way to read those blog posts and journal articles. (Both your professors and your library are great ways to find this type of content.) Reading from people who are already versed in the practices of what you want to be doing will give you a good idea of what you should be aiming for, as well as give insight to the field.
Reread. Though it will feel like you have little time for pleasure reading, sometimes it’s relaxing to read something that’s not a textbook, email, or anything else academic. Once in a while take the time to read your favorite Harry Potter book, or a novel you read for class that you really liked. Maybe you have a favorite classic like Pride and Prejudice or 1984. You may think that there’s no point to rereading something, but college is time of personal growth as well as academic growth. You may pick up on new messages, or see a book in a new light because of things that college has taught you, so don’t be afraid to pick up an old favorite.
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