9 Books Every College Student Should Read

9 Books Every College Student Should Read

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Reading is important. It helps you cognitively and can help with your writing and speaking. There are so many amazing books out there that take you to fantastical lands and far away places. Movies don't ever do books justice, so to get the full effect you must read the book before you watch the movie. Here are 9 books that every college student should read. These are in no particular order, but all have important lessons and make you think about your everyday life and what is going on in the world.

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This book address the police brutality against colored teens. The main character Starr, pushes for something to be done after her friend gets shot by police. This book is so well written and addresses so many issues that are relevant in today's world.

2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book challenges social norms. One idea that this book addresses is why being straight is the norm. Loved this book and could not put it down once I started it.

3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

This is another book about police brutality and navigating the world as a teen of color. Highly recommend especially to those who are fans of The Hate U Give.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This is a mystery with a huge twist. Everything is not what it seems in this book and you want to go in knowing nothing.

5. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This was a book about interracial relationships, family issues, stereotypes, and navigating life. I very much enjoyed this book and find that it is very relevant in today's world.

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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This book has to do with family issues, relationships and taking chances. The main character is told she is allergic to everything and has to go through the world with that knowledge.

7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I loved this book so much and could not put it down once I picked it up. It is about two gay teens and figuring out the world around them while navigating life.

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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This is a book about a boy who has facial deformities and how the people around him accept him for the way he is. This book was amazing and I could not put it down once I started reading it.

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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This is about a girl during WWII-era Germany who steals books from a family she visits. This book was amazing and the narrator is so unexpected and different.

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13 Of The Best, Most Famous Poems Ever Written

Masterpieces by some of our favorites like as Shakespeare, John Donne, and Homer.
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Some of us read poetry for an eager and fast escape from this world. On the other hand, some of us read poetry solely to share it with the ones we love. There are miracles on paper that can easily be forgotten about if we let them be. The following poems are written by some of our favorites such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Homer, and more. It is clear why these have become some of the most famous and unforgettable poems ever written. So grab a pen, and interpret these poems in your own, unique way.

1. “Go and Catch a Falling Star” - John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the devil's foot,

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy's stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee,

Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear,

No where

Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrimage were sweet;

Yet do not, I would not go,

Though at next door we might meet;

Though she were true, when you met her,

And last, till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two, or three.

2. “Drinking Alone in the Moonlight” - Li Po

Beneath the blossoms with a pot of wine,

No friends at hand, so I poured alone;

I raised my cup to invite the moon,

Turned to my shadow, and we became three.

Now the moon had never learned about drinking,

And my shadow had merely followed my form,

But I quickly made friends with the moon and my shadow;

To find pleasure in life, make the most of the spring.

Whenever I sang, the moon swayed with me;

Whenever I danced, my shadow went wild.

Drinking, we shared our enjoyment together;

Drunk, then each went off on his own.

But forever agreed on dispassionate revels,

We promised to meet in the far Milky Way.

3. “Sonnet 18” - William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;

Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

4. “The World Is Too Much with Us” - William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;

The winds that will be howling at all hours,

And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;

For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be

A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;

So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;

Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;

Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

5. “She Walks in Beauty” - Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

6. “How Do I Love Thee?”- Elizabeth Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,












I shall but love thee better after death.

7. “ Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” -Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

8. The Jabberwocky” - Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

9. “Tears Fall in My Heart” - Paul Verlaine

Tears fall in my heart

Rain falls on the town;

what is this numb hurt

that enters my heart?

Ah,the soft sound of rain

on roofs, on the ground!

To a dulled heart they came,

ah, the song of the rain!

Tears without reason

in the disheartened heart.

What? no trace of treason?

This grief's without reason.

It's far the worst pain

to never know why

without love or disdain

my heart has such pain!

10. “We Wear the Mask” - Paul Lawrence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!

11. “The Panther” - Rainer Maria Rilke

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,

has grown so weary that it cannot hold

anything else. It seems to him there are

a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,

the movement of his powerful soft strides

is like a ritual dance around a center

in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils

lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,

rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,

plunges into the heart and is gone.

12. “Sea Fever” - John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

13. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" -Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

















Save these poems for your next coffee shop date or solitude moment. You might be surprised at how much you can find yourself in a poem.

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You Should Follow These 14 Spoken Word Artists To Become More Socially Conscious

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Spoken word poetry is one of the most primal forms of language and literature that exists. Since it is oratory in nature, the listener focuses on its raw emotion and heightened language.

Today, spoken word is used most frequently for advocating a cause. From mental illness to local political issues, these artists speak up about personal problems that everyone else should be concerned about.

1. Sabrina Benaim.

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Benaim is most famous for her poem, "Explaining Depression to My Mother." In this piece, she illustrates through fiery language a conversation between she and her mother about the pain of being depressed. This poem initiates a much-needed conversation about mental illness and what exactly it is. Benaim's book, "Depression and Other Tricks", is out now.

2. Rudy Francisco.

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Francisco is one of the first spoken word artists to perform on live television. His performance of "Complainers" was aired on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last March. Francisco enthralls the audience with his zest as he explains that our perspective of life determines its quality. His first full-length book, "Helium," is out now.

3. Rachel Wiley.

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Wiley's exuberant stage performance is what captivates the audience, not her appearance. Her performance of "10 Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By a Skinny Boy" really outdoes itself on revealing the issues of fat-shaming in today's society. Other poems by Wiley focus on this issue and racial identity as well. Her book, "Nothing is Okay," is out now.

4. Melissa Lozada-Oliva.

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Lozada-Oliva's presence on the stage is a tour de force. She is unafraid to be vulgar because, within that, there is a truth about life. Her performance of "Bitches" on Remezcla, a multimedia company for Latinos, is geared towards the unapologetic women in her life. She often peppers in her latinidad in her poems to make them really punch. Her book, "Peluda," is out now.

5. Olivia Gatwood.

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Gatwood's sharp language really opens the audience's eyes to a different perspective on womanhood. Her performance of "Ode to the Women on Long Island" really parades itself as iconic as she manages to integrate humor and morality to create something bigger than herself. Her book, "New American Best Friend", is out now.

6. Phil Kaye.

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Kaye's good-natured quality of performance suspends the audience's sense of disbelief so that we may follow the story of his words and lose ourselves in it. His performance of "Camaro" unwinds naturally and hits a poignant conclusion. His book, "Date & Time", will be released September 18th.

7. Neil Hilborn.

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Hilborn's presence on stage is full of passion. His performance of his poem, "OCD," has received over 14 million views online since 2013. His unabashed nature to disclose his struggles with mental illness allows the audience to really connect with Hilborn and his struggles. His books, "The Future" and "Our Numbered Days", are out now.

8. Jamie Mortara.

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Mortara's laidback presence on stage allows the audience to really focus on his spoken word poems. Their performance of "Some Things You Need To Know Before Dating Me" uses dry humor directed at themselves before confessing their struggles with medication and mental illness. Their poems also focus on their identity as a nonbinary queer. Their book, "Some Planet", is out now.

9. Edwin Bodney. 

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Bodney differs from most of the spoken word artists in that his performances often soothe the audience. His performance of "When a Boy Tells You He Loves You" is like the lullaby of all poems about love and relationships. His book of poetry, "A Study of Hands", is out now.

10. Reagan Myers.

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Myers's candidness onstage, along with her spitfire speech, creates a dynamic special for the audience to experience. In her performance of "Depression is Funny Like That," her poem unrolls with the undulating expression of a hypnotizing depression.

11. Charles Hines.

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Hines has the ability to calm, to humor, and to enliven the audience with his performances. In his performance of "Ariana Grande Syndrome", he takes a different perspective of small people to show their huge impact on the world around us. He is an Orlando local, so if you live in the area, be sure to see him perform.

12. G. Yamazawa.

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Yamazawa comes alive on stage with his performances. In "Dear Grandma" and "10 Things You Should Know About Being an Asian from the South", he incorporates his heritage into both poems to show both love for his family and racial issues respectively. He currently makes music as a hip-hop artist.

13. Kevin Kantor.

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Kantor's vulnerability onstage really stuns the audience. In his performance of "People You May Know," they talk about the time they came across his rapist's Facebook page. The guttural and visceral impact of the poem is one that every assaulted person feels when they unexpectedly stumble into their perp. Kantor currently is involved in the Statera National Conference For Gender Equity in the Theatre.

14. Simba Castano.

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Castano is a local poet and teacher to Orlando, Florida. Her performances often show the issues in her community as well as her challenges in the Christian faith. She has a spoken word album, "War Cry for the Oppressed," which is out now.

Since spoken word poetry, or "slam" poetry, often has an activism side to it, it has been increasing over the years. There are still many more poets that deserve recognition, so I highly recommend that you just watch all slam poetry in general.

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