Heart of the Matter

Andy Chan's Blog for Parents, Mentors and Teachers

The Gift of Reading

Our Wake Forest Fellow, Ben Magee, wrote the following post.  I’d like to share it with you…

I recently heard one freshman student tell how their father gave them a stack of eight books before leaving for college. These were not all books regarding professional life, but rather were books that the father had found provided him significant life direction and meaning.

Conversely, in an NPR interview, Lynn Neary and Eric Weiner assert that many students today don’t enjoy reading for pleasure. Although students may be reading more than ever through articles, chapters from textbooks or novels, or even social media outlets, the amount of reading for pleasure has declined. College students are overwhelmed by their schedules and activities striving to excel both in and outside the classroom. Under such demands, something must give, and so many students do not read for pleasure.

Reading for pleasure provides opportunities for reflection, stimulating imagination, sparking interests, and realizing important life lessons. Additionally, today’s overwhelmed student may find relaxation by reading for pleasure. Importantly, the habits we form in early adulthood transition into our future life.

At Wake Forest, the OPCD staff has partnered with Wake Forest’s ZSR library to share their recommended readings for personal and career development.  These “OPCD Staff Picks” are available in the students study space in the library. As our students embark on their journey of personal and professional discovery, these books can provide guidance and inspiration.

Here are a few great books that Andy has recommended for my consideration and are definitely books worth sharing:

1. Nobodies to Somebodies: How 100 Great Careers Got Their Start by Peter Han

2. This I Believe II: more personal philosophies of remarkable men and women – Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

3. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

4. Authentic Happiness – Martin Seligman

5. Roadtrip Nation: A guide to discovering your path in life – Nathan Geghard, Joanne Gordon and Mike Marriner

The entire “OPCD Staff Picks” list of books can be found here.

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