EP#48: Beyond the Classroom: Top Books Every College Student Should Read.

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EP#48: Beyond the Classroom: Top Books Every College Student Should Read.


What books would you recommend college students read? In this episode, Krista O’Neill, nationally honored Lorain County Community College advisor and Guided Pathways coach for the Success Center for Ohio Community Colleges talks with podcast host, Janet Maltbie about high impact books that help college students succeed. 

Check out these top book recommendations from your local library:

Krista’s Favorites:

  • Poems by E.E. Cummings and Walt Whitman
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • The Book of Joy by the Dalai lama and Desmond Tutu
  • What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles

Janet’s Favorites: Top 10 Ebook 

  • The Holy Bible 
  • How to Find Your Mission in Life by Richard Bolles
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte 
  • The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
  • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield 
  • What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


In this episode, Krista O’Neill shares her love for reading and how it can help students succeed outside the classroom. As an English major who loves poetry, O’Neill suggests that if someone has a short amount of time, they should read a poem because it can be impactful in a short period of time. 

She also recommends the book “Educated” by Tara Westover, which emphasizes how privileged college students are to have the opportunity to learn and gain an education compared to people in other parts of the world. 

She also discusses, “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai lama and Desmond Tutu as exemplars of empathy. She suggests the book encourages people to see the world from different points of view. 

Finally, O’Neill likes, “What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard Bolles, which helps students reflect on what they want out of a job and what is a good fit for them, considering factors like work values, skill set, and interests.

O’Neill advises students to always be learning, trying new things, and pushing themselves. She believes in continually improving skills by staying updated, attending webinars, and reading. 

The podcast concludes by mentioning the top 10 book recommendations developed by podcast host, Janet Maltbie. Maltbie also encouraging students to seek out resources and support by enrolling in her online career exploration class, SDEV 103 Career Exploration and Life Planning through Lorain County Community College. 

About Krista O’Neill:

Krista O’Neill has advised students for over 37 years at Lorain County Community College. In 1995, Krista was  honored by the National Academic Advising Association as one of thirteen Outstanding Advisors nationally. In addition to her role at LCCC, Krista serves as a Guided Pathways coach for the Success Center for Ohio Community Colleges. 

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About the Podcast Host, Janet Maltbie:

Janet is a professional career counselor in the state of Ohio with over 20 years experience helping students and people in transition make wise career choices. Her work has involved guiding students in the career and college planning process as an academic counselor at Lorain County Community College. 

After 13 years at LCCC, Janet transitioned to an adjunct faculty position, exclusively teaching a Career Exploration and Life Planning class and meeting with clients individually while pursuing her work as the founder and host of the No Loan Zone podcast. 

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