Six Books for your College-Bound Creature
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When my kids left for college I wanted to impart to them something that would be useful. Not anything philosophical, or related to values, because it was too late for that. So I wrote a little pamphlet about cooking, cleaning and general tips, added a few recipes and illustrations, collated it and printed it. Doubtless, they were each a little disappointed not to be getting something more meaningful or even material, but seriously, learning to live on one’s own is a big step, and learning to live well is an even bigger step. College-bound students don't need to know how to study; they've been doing it their whole life. But managing the daily grind? Parents may have given their children the best education money can buy, but if you can't boil water for pasta...Many kids find themselves at a complete loss when it comes to organizing laundry, a basic budget, shopping and cooking for themselves. Not to mention keeping their habitat clean. Without further ado, I quote from the introduction to my pamphlet:
You’re outta here? Of course! Away from the constraints of the rules at home and at high school. Stay up all night, eat junk food and loll about in unwashed clothes. And absolutely never brush your teeth. Sounds awesome. But this might get old fast. Because once the rubbish starts piling up, the cockroaches (or worse) arrive in droves, the mold in the bathroom blossoms into mushrooms, all the food in the fridge has gone bad and there are no more clean clothes to wear for that club night on Saturday, things might seem a little overwhelming and not so much fun anymore. So this pamphlet is a very basic guide to living simply, avoiding the mold and having at least one pair of clean socks in the drawer.
Since this pamphlet was an unpublished affair, here are five books that will be helpful for your college-bound creature: