Books every student should read
I was just finishing up my second year at University when the pandemic started. With all the extra time, I decided to do something that I feel like most of us have probably said during our life. I started reading more. Suddenly, I became a bit of a bookworm and really found myself enjoy tons of book focus around growing as an individual, from many different aspects. Whether it be relationships, work ethic, mindset, I was all for books that were about self-development.
Over the last year, I have read quite a few books, and there are four that stood out to me which I applied to the different parts of my life as a student.
The Subtle Art of How Not to Give a Fuck— Mark Manson
Personally, I was always someone who cared a lot about what other people thought of me. Not that it changed me, but it heavily affected my mood. I was upset when others might have thought that I was lazy, lame, or annoying in someway. I didn’t really know what I was doing wrong, so I just continued with my life, behaved the same way I always did, but I was much more self-conscious and in my head about the way that I acted. This led to constant overthinking when I got home and it would only get worse from there.
This book is probably one of my favourite books ever. It brilliantly explains that everyone is going through their own things, they’ve got their own shit to worry about, and you’ve got your own shit going on in your life. It’s exhausting worrying about anything and everything, which is why it is so important to stop giving a fuck about what people may think, letting go of the little things so that you are able to prioritize and focus on what matters to you. To add, Mark Manson and this book, while it teaches a lot, it does it while giving you a laugh.
Atomic Habits — James Clear
Like many other students, I struggle with procrastination. I always find myself scrolling on Instagram far longer than I should, delaying school work to the point where I am cramming and stressing. I needed to find a solution to break my procrastination habit and build healthy habits in my life.