Her Campus graciously sent books to Lasell’s HQ for college students to read, soak up the knowledge, and agree with pretty much everything the books say. Both books are mostly drawings, but still tell a wonderful story. One book is called Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen, and the other is called The Roommate Book by Becky Simpson.
Adulthood is a Myth accurately described the feelings every college student, recent graduate, or ‘new adult’ experiences on a daily basis. It tells random stories through comics about a girl figuring out what an adult actually does. Some topics are cleaning tips, procrastination, relationships, periods, and so on.
While most of the comics were similar to ones you may have seen on Tumblr, they were all funny and relatable. One important topic was discussed on page 40, which is the “real girls” argument. A girl tries to explain what a “real girl” is, before the main character stops her and asks her if she identifies as a girl. This is crucial for some girls to see, as they may believe they’re only “real” if they wear certain clothes or have interesting hobbies.
Another compelling story is titled “How Graduating Feels.” Needless to say, the main character is about to jump out of an airplane and then realizes she has no idea what she’s doing once she jumps. It’s accurate because graduating is a part of becoming an adult, and most seniors probably feel this way now. This book is a great, quick read for when you’re in need of a good laugh.
The Roommate Book is about the beauty and battles of dealing with roommates in college and later on in life. The book starts out with the saying “Just like snowflakes, no two roommates are alike.” It explains the different types of roommates, comparing them to cafeteria tables you saw in Mean Girls. There are types such as The BFF, The ‘Braless and Lawless’, and the Enemy.
The book explains through drawings and handwritten notes how to have a successful roommate relationship, whether it’s being best friends or just someone you know. Readers can also write in it to personalize their own story with their roommate. Besides having a good roommate experience, it also describes how to handle a terrible experience and get through it.
There is a list in the book about why it’s awesome to have a roommate. Some highlights are that it’s impossible to be permanently locked out, there is always someone to zip your dress, and you can share everything. Having a roommate is a situation most people have to deal with at least once in their life, and this book gives awesome advice.
If you’re a fellow college student and still wondering if your roommate is cool or creepy, or you have no idea how to handle being an adult, pick up a copy of The Roommate Book or Adulthood is a Myth, Even better, pick up both!