Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Welcome to the real world! Here's your Adulting 101 course list.

Dear Graduate,

So, you’ve taken your last final, walked across the stage, grasped your diploma with both hands, thrown your cap into the air, and snapped photos with your (now former) classmates. Congratulations! If you’re anything like me on my graduation day, you’re feeling, well, totally and utterly lost—and okay, maybe a little hopeful, I mean, you did get through all of those all-nighters and 8am classes where attendance counted—the real world can’t be worse than that. Right?

Ahead of you lies days—no, weeks—of job applications, resume formatting, cover letters, bills, more bills, laundry, apartment hunting, frustrating talks with your parents, crippling self-doubt—I’ll stop. Things are probably overwhelming enough as it is for you. First—breathe. You will get through this. Now, listen to advice from adultier-adults who have been there, done that. You’ll be just fine.

x Rachael Xerri, Audible Editor

Take a deep breath

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
“School's out but your education isn't over. Especially when it comes to coping with day-to-day stresses. Take a course in meditation and learn to breathe again.”
Forest Bathing By: Dr. Qing Li
“Go outside. Your parents were right, it's good for you. Author Dr. Qing Li explains how spending time in nature can improve your health.”
Close to Om By: Andrea Marcum
“Big stretch. You've earned it. Bonus: Establishing healthy habits now will help you out long term.”

The speech you wish your commencement speaker had made

"I graduated from high school in 1984."
"Some old fart, his best years behind him..."
"It seems that everywhere I went, someone was asking this question."

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Welcome to adulthood—it's hard

    • Almost Adulting

    • All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)
    • By: Arden Rose
    • Narrated by: Arden Rose
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For fans of Grace Helbig and Alexa Chung comes a fresh, hilarious guide to growing up your way from social media influencer and lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good

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    • By: Arden Rose
    • Narrated by: Arden Rose
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 03-28-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 229 ratings
    • Meet new people and eat right
    • Eating, making friends, using the internet, and dating are suddenly more complicated now that you're in charge of your own meals and aren't surrounded exclusively by people your own age. Here's a guide to help you become a semi-functioning grown-up. Take notes.
    • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • By: Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
    • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,570
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    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck-impersonating Off-Broadway performer....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen.

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    • By: Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
    • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 11-01-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 13,570 ratings
    • Overcome your FOMO
    • Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and laugh in solidarity with a fellow human (and OK, we all know Mindy Kaling isn't your average human—she's a famous actor, author, and co-creator and producer of her TV series The Mindy Project) who's just trying to overcome loneliness, follow her dreams, and defeat the nagging sense of dissatisfaction that comes with the occasional rejection.
    • I Really Didn't Think This Through

    • Tales from My So-Called Adult Life
    • By: Beth Evans
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Popular Instagram artist Beth Evans tackles a range of issues - from whimsical musings to deeply personal struggles - in this imaginative anti-guide to being your own person....

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    • Disappointed

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    • Tales from My So-Called Adult Life
    • By: Beth Evans
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Release date: 05-01-18
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 5 ratings
    • Give yourself a break
    • If you went to art school, are going to art school, majored in art, or are pursuing a career in an art-related field and everyone is now asking you "what are you going to do with that?", this listen is for you. Popular Instagram artist, Beth Evans, uses her talent for illustration, and easy-to-follow anecdotes, to explain the everyday challenges of adulthood. Remember to check out the accompanying PDF in your library after downloading.
    • Don't Worry, It Gets Worse

    • One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood
    • By: Alida Nugent
    • Narrated by: Alida Nugent
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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    Alida Nugent graduated college with a degree in one hand and a drink in the other, eager to trade in parties and all-nighters for "the real world". But post-grad wasn't the glam life she imagined....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Don't read if you're over 25.

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    • One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood
    • By: Alida Nugent
    • Narrated by: Alida Nugent
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 03-25-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 64 ratings
    • Put on a brave face
    • If your adulthood is off to a rocky start, you're not alone. Alida Nugent is just your everyday twenty-something, learning how to do important life things like renting an apartment and paying off student loans. Lucky for you, her fumbles can be your lessons. As an Audible Listener eloquently stated, this listen "made me feel like a pretty successful adult."

Take care of your mind and body

    • The Body Is Not an Apology

    • The Power of Radical Self-Love
    • By: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Narrated by: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
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    A global movement guided by love. Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awe-inspiring!

    • By Sandy Chang on 05-07-18
    • The Power of Radical Self-Love
    • By: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Narrated by: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 01-25-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 257 ratings
    • Love the you that you are today
    • As someone who started dieting when she was ten years old and struggled with self-image all throughout high school and college, I would’ve benefited greatly if I’d had this book when I was younger. No matter what size you are now or what your health and wellness goals are, you deserve to love yourself. Poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor is leading the charge against the systems that tell us otherwise. Audible Intern Nicole put it best when she said, "This is too real".
    • If Our Bodies Could Talk

    • A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body
    • By: James Hamblin
    • Narrated by: James Hamblin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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    James Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away - and which tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great balancing book on what we are as humans

    • By Noah on 04-03-17
    • A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body
    • By: James Hamblin
    • Narrated by: James Hamblin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 12-27-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 83 ratings
    • Take care of your health
    • A crucial part to loving yourself is taking care of your (physical) self. If you've ever wanted an operating guide to your body, this is it. Hamblin goes beyond the topic of dieting to offer answers to questions such as, "Is caffeine bad for me?" and "Should I take my multivitamins?" Learn how to take care of yourself now to avoid a lifetime of bad habits.
    • The Secret Life of Fat

    • The Science Behind the Body's Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
    • By: Sylvia Tara
    • Narrated by: Sylvia Tara
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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    • Performance
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    Fat is an obsession, a dirty word, a subject of national handwringing - and, according to biochemist Sylvia Tara, the least understood part of our body....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very technical, but great information

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    • By: Sylvia Tara
    • Narrated by: Sylvia Tara
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 12-27-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 497 ratings
    • Make the best of what you have
    • Fat gets a bad rap. It's a fear, an obsession, and at times, an insult. It's also crucial to your body's ability to function. Fat triggers puberty, affects the size of your brain, and enables your reproductive and immune system. No wonder bodies have such a hard time letting go of it (no really! It's science!). Biochemist Silvia Tara, PhD, has written the book on what fat is, how it works, and how to understand it so that you can lose it effectively and healthfully.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Get down to business.

    • The Financial Diet

    • A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money
    • By: Chelsea Fagan, Lauren Ver Hage - designer
    • Narrated by: Chelsea Fagan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    How to get good with money, even if you have no idea where to start....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Genuinely interesting!

    • By Wayne on 07-14-18
    • A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money
    • By: Chelsea Fagan, Lauren Ver Hage - designer
    • Narrated by: Chelsea Fagan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 01-02-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 712 ratings
    • Save your pennies
    • If you were taught algebra and trigonometry but not how to balance a budget—or how to make a loan payment—you are not alone. Author and adulting expert, Chelsea Fagan, has written the beginners' guide to getting good with money. Go from take-out junkie to home-cooking expert (or, like, not totally terrible at cooking), and make your salary work harder for you.
    • Weird in a World That's Not

    • A Career Guide for Misfits, F--kups, and Failures
    • By: Jennifer Romolini
    • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    An honest, sharp-witted, practical guide to help you get and keep the job you want - from an outsider whose been there and done it....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Women's Career Guide

    • By Spencer on 02-03-18
    • A Career Guide for Misfits, F--kups, and Failures
    • By: Jennifer Romolini
    • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 06-06-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 58 ratings
    • Try, try again. It's never too late.
    • Not everyone graduates, or graduates on time. Or lands in a career they want. Or meets the right person the first time around. It's OK. So you've made some mistakes or had a string of bad luck, that doesn't mean success it out of reach for you. Take it from self-proclaimed misfit, Jennifer Romolini. At 27, she was a college dropout and divorcee, just starting her career. In just over a decade, she went from employee, to boss, to director, to VP, to C-suite executive. Now, she's sharing how she found success without sacrificing her true self, and how you can too.
    • The Quarter-Life Breakthrough

    • Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters
    • By: Adam Smiley Poswolsky
    • Narrated by: Adam Smiley Poswolsky
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
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    In The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, Smiley provides fresh, honest, counterintuitive, and inspiring career advice for anyone stuck in a quarter-life crisis trying to figure out what to do with their lives....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's that advice you never knew you needed

    • By Jenn on 01-30-19
    • Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters
    • By: Adam Smiley Poswolsky
    • Narrated by: Adam Smiley Poswolsky
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Release date: 10-04-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 56 ratings
    • Create your own path
    • Change can be a great thing. It can be an opportunity to learn, to grow, to challenge yourself and gain new experiences. It can also be a scary thing. You may feel powerless, unsure, completely at a loss for what to do next. Listen up! You have choices. You can decide what happens next. You deserve to live your best life. Introducing, The Quarter-Life Break-Through, written by Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky, someone who left the high-paying job he didn't like to make a life he wanted. The takeaway? You don't have to be stuck.
    • Lean In for Graduates

    • By: Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 542
    • Performance
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    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472

    Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this extraordinary edition of Lean In includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Inspiring for the Drive to Work

    • By Amber Rae on 09-10-16
    • By: Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 04-08-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 542 ratings
    • Embrace change
    • Best-selling author and chief operating officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg gives great advice. In this special edition of Lean In, Sandberg shares vital information provided by accomplished leaders and #influencers about everything from finding a job, to negotiating a salary, to listening to your inner voice about the right thing to do.

Honorable mention

Audible Interns (and recent graduates) Ama and Nicole discuss Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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