Reading in College

One thing I have consistently heard during my time at Bryant is, “I wish I had time to read more.” Friends have said it, classmates, sorority sisters…everyone seems to wish they had more time to read.


Of course, we have to do plenty of reading for our classes. There are many textbooks we are assigned to read in most of the classes. This is not the kind of reading that people miss, however. I have noticed that people miss picking up novels, exciting stories that transport you to different worlds and introduce you to fictional characters you never knew existed.

I am a reader. I love reading. That was one thing I promised myself I would not give up on in college. I have made it a point to bring some of my favorite books from home to my room here at Bryant and keep an eye on any new, good books. Often times I will sift through the library between classes or keep up with the New York Times bestsellers.

Reading is an important skill to have. Just like anything else, it takes practice. You can get rusty with it if you do not keep using it. It is vital to keep reading on through college for a number of reasons:

  1. Expand your vocabulary. At a school where you’ll be writing lots of papers, having an expansive vocabulary makes you an asset. It will also help you write cover letters for internship and job applications, enhance your resume, and wow your professors.
  2. Take a break from college stress. While there are a number of ways to keep stress at bay, my favorite is reading. It’s easy to watch Netflix or catch a movie, but reading keeps your mind actively engaged. If you feel like you need to escape for a little while, reading is a great way to do so.
  3. Enhance your interviews. This happened to me recently. In an interview, I was asked what books I have read recently. Luckily, I had a number of titles on hand and we got to discussing our favorite books. Reading helped me ace the question and build rapport with the interviewer.
  4. It’s fun! This is a cliche reason to love reading. But it really is so wonderful to get caught up in a good book. I am not an e-book user, I love turning the pages and feeling the book in my hand. And there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book on a rainy afternoon!

For my New Year’s Resolution, I promised myself that I would read 30 books by the time the year is up. I am on book 11 now. I try to mix up genres to be versatile and also learn a lot about various aspects of the world around me. In college, it is so easy to forget to set time aside to read. Do your best to pick up a book as often as you can, your mind will thank you for it!

Live in love,