Preparing for your freshman year of college is a thrilling experience. You’ve done the hard work of submitting college applications, you’ve committed to a university, and you finally get to relish all of your accomplishments as you await this exciting new chapter. But starting college is a stressful experience, too. Making new friends, living in a dorm room, taking college classes, and leaving home are big life changes, and it’s completely normal for feelings of stress and anxiety to arise during your freshman year.
That’s why Wherever You Go, There You Are is such a helpful resource for every soon-to-be college student. Kabat-Zinn’s book, written in short chapters that can be read on-the-go, is accessible and easy to digest. His strategies for developing inner strength and calm are a perfect antidote to the hustle and intensity of the first few weeks of college, and his advice for reducing stress will be useful throughout your entire college career and beyond. Read it before move-in day, then bring it to your dorm room and refer to it whenever you need a little extra support.
Contributor: Olivia Valdes