Avoiding the office
Let's face it: not all college grads are ready to enter the workforce. Sure, getting a job and working 9 to 5 is an almost inevitable part of growing up. But many graduates aren't ready for the daunting task of finding employment, settling down and working their 20s away. Luckily for those adventure-seekers, recent Yale graduate and world traveler Colleen Kinder has some fabulous, if unconventional, advice in her book, Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething's Guide to Seeking Adventure. From leading a teen group through the Rocky Mountains to teaching English in Korea to working on an organic farm, Kinder gives grads the ideas, resources and more than anything, the confidence they need to "think outside the box." A must-read for students with a non-traditional career path in mind and parents who need some reassurance, Delaying the Real World is practical, refreshing and inspiring. Abby Plesser will graduate from Vanderbilt University this month.