Monday, May 19, 2014

Books for Recent Grads

So, graduation came and went. It's been an interesting and emotional time for me at least, but I'm really excited to have a touch of free time, and of course, to be back in New York City for a little while.

With this free time and the airport wait time, I've had the opportunity to get into a lot of great books that aren't for school, which is always nice. I'm primarily into fiction and the classics, but graduation has ignited the nonfiction reader and advice seeker in me. These books taught me to pause, to expel a few fears, to Lean In, to be obsessively organized (which luckily, for the most part, I am), and to just accept the state I'm in and use any upset feelings in a constructive way to build my future.

From my Instagram, @esabak 

Here they are, my suggestions for recent grads:

1. Welcome to the Real World, Lauren Berger. 
She's the Intern Queen, she's built her own business, and her website got me my first internship in New York. Even though I've never met her, I trust her advice.

2. Lean In for Graduates, Sheryl Sandberg.
I didn't grow up in a family where my dad was the go-getter career wise and my mom stayed at home. I grew up with a mom who ran and directed a school she developed on her own and a dad who ran an engineering firm. They're a team, and Sheryl Sandberg talks about that importance and how to push yourself in your career and ask for more. So, even though this "Lean In" presence wasn't foreign to me, her words of advice are always helpful. Plus, she's a stellar speaker.

3. #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso.
You guys, Sophia Amoruso is so interesting. She built up her own business and found stellar success from paying attention to detail and loving her craft. I'm amazed by that and she shares excellent lessons that are relatable.

4. I Just Graduated... Now What?, Katherine Schwarzenegger.
I think this is an important read for recent grads but I have a small issue with it. The book brings together a number of essays from famous figures like Anderson Cooper and trance music producer Armin Van Buuren (which was incredible, by the way). Katherine discusses the importance of pausing and taking a break and that it's OK to not know where you're headed. But I find it slightly difficult to take advice from someone so well connected. Sure, she's forging forward on her own, but it's hard to ignore that those lifelong connections and a well-known family were key players in the creation of this book.

What have you been reading, new grads?



  1. Great books! I'm already reading Lean In For Graduates but I can't wait to dive into the others you listed!

    1. So glad to hear that! These are all great (and pretty quick) reads!