3 must-read books for college students pursuing a competitive edge

3 must-read books for college students pursuing a competitive edge


Okay, we get it — you’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to read more books when I’m about to spend the next several years reading, writing and researching?”

While it’s true that college is a lot of work, it’s really important to prepare yourself with good habits and a strategic plan for making the most of your college experience and beyond. Who knows — some of what you learn from the three books below could follow you into the workforce and help you make a real difference in our complicated and sometimes chaotic world!


‘Outliers: The Story of Success’ by Malcolm Gladwell

'Outliers: The Story of Success' by Malcolm Gladwell

Ever wonder what makes a successful person successful? This book explains the reasons behind what drives the best and brightest to achieve success. Learn what Bill Gates, Mozart and the Beatles had in common, and find out the secrets of great soccer players and software billionaires. Gladwell will open your mind and inspire you with his discoveries. And who knows? Perhaps you may be the next outlier after finishing this book.

‘Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World’ by Cal Newport

'Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World' by Cal Newport

Cal Newport’s thoughtful and rich book focuses on the ways in which our society inadvertently creates a culture of short attention spans, distracted learning and shallow work habits. For any college student dedicated to contributing meaningful work in spite of our distracted world, this book is an important read.

‘Getting from College to Career’ by Lindsey Pollak

'Getting from College to Career' by Lindsey Pollak

Pollak’s book is an insightful world guide for college students and recent graduates who are preparing to embark upon a career beyond university walls. Newly revised to reflect the most recent changes in the economy and job market, this book’s aim is to give college students a head start on succeeding in a marketplace that is more competitive than ever.


How will you prepare yourself for success in and after college? There are so many other great books to prepare you for the transition to college. Don’t forget to make the most of the time you have now so that you can make a real difference later.

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