On this National Read a Book Day, we talked to our academic advisors at Georgia State Online to get their reading recommendations. If you are considering continuing your education, these books can help inspire and prepare you for the journey ahead.
Based on 12 years of pioneering research, Brené Brown PhD, MSW, examines and dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is a weakness. Instead, she explains in her book, vulnerability can serve as our most accurate measure of courage.
Brown finds vulnerability is both at the core of our most difficult emotions – fear, grief, and disappointment, to name a few – and the heart of our love, belonging, empathy, innovation and creativity. The vulnerability we experience can bring meaning and purpose to our lives.
In Daring Greatly, Brown argues that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to take a big step—whether it’s a new relationship, career opportunity or continuing education.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
If you think about it, everything in our lives – from the device you’re reading this story on to the dwelling you’re reading it in – was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers is trying to solve.
In Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans explore the concept of design thinking and how it can help us create a more meaningful and fulfilling life. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life. Design thinking can bring joy, creativity and productivity, and the results can be really surprising.
Never Too Late: The Adult Student’s Guide to College Paperback by Rebecca Klein-Collins
Going back to school is a major undertaking. In addition to coursework, many people who go back to school take on the task while working, raising kids, caring for parents, volunteering, serving in the military—and in some cases all of the above.
Never Too Late will help readers jump-start a new professional path or speed down the one they’re already on by guiding them through vital questions, such as:
- What should I study?
- How can I afford the time and money required to get a college degree?
- How do I compare schools?
- How can I stay flexible and achieve my educational goals?
This book is an essential reference for adults seeking a richer life—and a meaningful place in our rapidly changing economy and world – by going back to school.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was isolated from mainstream society and kept out of school during her youth. In fact, she was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom.
When one of her brothers got himself into college, Westover decided to try a new kind of life and pursue education for herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University, to a PhD.
Westover’s memoir covers her journey and transformation and displays her courage and self-invention, as well as the power education can have on everyone.
An education through Georgia State Online can help prepare you for a lifetime of success. If any of these books have inspired you to continue on your journey, consider checking out more of our online college offerings.