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Your Winter Break Must-Read List

posted by Stacie Mitchell

It’s almost winter break and I know most of you are counting down the days until you can relax and have some much needed fun and rest! We understand, but before you block out your schedule to catch up on your DVR and Netflix, we have a list of fun, motivating books that will inspire your New Year’s resolutions and get you ramped up for spring.


1) Getting from College to Career:  Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World by Lindsey Pollak

This is a great book on how to be successful after graduation by preparing now. It’s also a great guide for building your personal brand using social media and setting yourself apart in your internships.


2)  If You Have to Cry, Go Outside:  And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone

As fashion students, most of you might know Kelly Cutrone (CEO of fashion PR firm People’s Revolution) as that so harsh it hurts judge from America’s Top Model. You also may remember her from MTV’s The Hills, when Lauren Conrad worked for the company.  As you might expect, this is a fun read. Cutrone isn’t afraid to be brutally honest but still somehow inspires you to follow your dreams regardless. She also offers advice you might not hear elsewhere, including:  “If you have to cry, go outside.”


3) Gunn’s Golden Rules:  Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn

An entertaining book from the man who coined the phrase “Make it work!” Gunn provides eighteen principles to “make it work” in your own life, including “get inspired if it kills you” and “know what to get off your chest and know what to take to the grave.


4)  What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20:  Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World by Tina Seelig

Transitioning from college to career is tough. What do you need to know to make your way in your twenties? This book answers that question. Don’t regret your twenties; use them to create yourself into what you want to be!


5) They Don’t Teach Corporate in College by Alexandra Levit

Walking into your first corporate internship or job can be intimidating and the unwritten rules can keep you from being successful. This book helps you to prepare for life AFTER you have the job.  If you want to learn how to be successful after you’re hired, this is the book for you!

Happy holidays from the EECM staff! Enjoy your break!


By Stacie Mitchell, former Career Advisor

Topics: student life, Student Advice