What she reads if she’s graduating

Whether you’re about to graduate from high school or college, there’s one thing that’s clear: the future may seem a bit scary. If you’re facing the graduation blues, let these books inspire you to move toward your next adventure with confidence.

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham

Actress Lauren Graham gave an inspirational high school commencement speech in her hometown. In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It is a continuation of her powerful and inspiring words. She lets young graduates know that it’s OK to have felt like they missed opportunities because life can often be unexpected, and she emphasizes the importance of joy and the ways to ultimately achieve happiness.

What’s Next?: Your Five-Year Plan for Life After College by Elana Lyn Gross

One of life’s biggest reliefs is graduating college. But once you’re done with college, you may be asking yourself, “What’s next?” In Elana Lyn Gross’s debut self-help book, she provides young graduates with a step-by-step guide to creating their own five-year plan. Whether you need help in managing your money or figuring out how to turn your first job out of school into your career, What’s Next? gives you an in-depth look at the tools you’ll need to find success after graduation.

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

If you’re stuck in a cycle of homework, part-time jobs and nagging parents, this is the book that will jumpstart your life. Encouraging readers to disconnect from their gadgets and get in touch with their creative side, Bored and Brilliant is an excellent example of why it’s so important to spend some time by yourself, making your dreams come true.

Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear by Carl Hiaasen

If you’re graduating college and looking at the world ahead of you with uncertainty, this is the reality check you need. Plenty of commencement speeches are filled with exciting anecdotes but this address brings out the true realities of what happens after you leave school and enter the working world as a full-fledged adult.

The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan

Leaving college and having to manage your own finances can be a very scary experience. In The Financial Diet, you’ll learn all the basics of spending your money well and saving it when you can. This book will help you get your finances together so you can work toward a brighter and more prosperous future.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

This humorous book looks at what it’s like to truly be an adult after leaving college. Finding the perfect balance between fun and adulting is key to Kelly’s teaching process. She brings her best tips for adulting in this inspiring 2013 release that continues to be relevant today.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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