Books You Should Read BEFORE Going to College

As a part of becoming a well-rounded adult, educating yourself with a good book is a great place to start. I am going to discuss a few books that I feel are a MUST READ before entering your college years.

A Christmas Carol

This book is about an old, grumpy man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is awakened by spirits on Christmas Eve. These spirits show Scrooge, from the outside looking in, the opportunities he wasted in his younger days, his cruelties, and simply his miserable existence and that a dreadful fate awaits him if he doesn’t change. He faces the ultimate question: Death or redemption?

Three different ghosts throughout the night visit Scrooge: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows how happy he once was until his greed for money got in the way. The Ghost of Christmas Present shows the lives of people currently. And lastly, the Ghost of Christmas Yet shows his fate if his ways don’t change.

This is a tale written to illustrate how Christmas spirit inspires good and moral tendencies in people rather than selfish, greedy, immoral tendencies we may face because of other factors in our lives. It also shows that anyone can redeem themselves from their darkest hour through appreciation and love.

If you don’t get a chance to read the book, familiarize yourself with the story. It has some life lessons in there everyone should be aware of!

To Kill a Mockingbird

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a story depicting the injustice and prejudice of Alabama in the 1930’s through the childhood of Scout and Jem. In the novel, the small town of Maycomb, Alabama is divided; Blacks and whites, prevailing racism, and those that are ignorant and those that aren’t. When a black man is accused of raping a white woman, all hell breaks lose and we watch how the town handles the trial. Various events in the novel shaped their character and taught them about human nature.

Not only is this book a classic, but also it is intense, captivating, and absolutely worth a visit! Who doesn’t like a story filled with innocence, love, sympathy, and history!

Animal Farm

“Animal Farm” is about a dream that animals have to live together with no human beings to control and oppress them. Once their dream becomes a reality, everything begins to change. At first, the farm prospered and all the animals were happy. However, before too long, power and greed took over, making the farm the very thing they were trying to escape from the humans. In a sense, the animals were becoming more and more like humans.

“Animal Farm” illustrates how social classes with a common enemy may become internally divided when their enemy is eliminated. In a nutshell, Animal Farm is depicting human society.

This is a quick read, but a fascinating story. Good for kids and adults!

Follow Your Passion When Choosing Your College Degree

I often ask children what they want to be when they grow up, because I am still looking for ideas.

Much has changed in the life of a young adult. In the past the career that an individual chose as a young adult was what they did everyday until they were able to retired. Today often what a student goes to school for does not always end up being what they choose as their career.

I think young adults are influenced with what their parents want them to do in life. This is usually because the parents did not follow through with their own dreams. They want their children to step into the dreams they gave up on years ago. So they can vicariously live though their children’s accomplishments.

Then you have the questions of will you make enough money to support yourself, make yourself a name, what will people think and other status qualifying thoughts. But it is very rare that you are asked what is your passion? What do you like and want to do? You are to go to college and learn a skill to make money to compete with the rest of the world as you start that climb up the imaginary ladder to the “better” life. What happen to going to school to learn something for the sake of learning and to become a better person?

When I was at the age to go to college I wanted to go to school for Art, My family gave me the “speech” that people with art degrees do not make money and I was wasting my breath setting myself up for a horrible life of being sad and poor. If I was to make it in the world I had to go to school for Business. (So as a side note I took three years of Art classes in high school and received an “A” in each class. I took one semester of Accounting and failed horribly.) They were certain that the only ways I would ever make it was with a Business Degree. My folks never had the chance to attend college and I know they were proud that I was the first to go, but Business College was not the fire to push me into.

I moved away and went to college for Psychology and Journalism; it seemed a good compromise. Two years later I dropped out because I ran out of money, and I was not eligible for finical aid.

Twenty years later I went back and got my degree in Art and passed with high honors and a GPA of 3.85. I have been doing art ever since. I admit it does not pay all of my bills but it feeds my soul and makes me happy. Money does not buy happiness, but following your dreams does. When you are given a choice always follow your heart, embrace what you are most passionate about. You will never be navigated wrong.

Even thought I have known since I was young that art is where my passion lies. I still want to continue to learn all that I can. I am always looking for other things to learn. Children know that you can achieve anything you put your mind too. I would rather learn their dreams. What do you want to be when you grow up?