Zen and the Art of Navigating College

An Inquiry into the True Nature of Education and the Power of Self-Discovery

Non-Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 12/08/2023
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Peter Klein wrote Zen and the Art of Navigating College to aid with the "gap" between the reality of college and student expectations and help students fully benefit from their time in college. Klein discusses the direction you think you need to go, self-discovery, and the development that may interfere with your choices, and explores the true benefits of the cost of a college education and taking electives. The author prepares readers for transitions that will help them grow as they mature, aiding with awareness as they move from one developmental milestone to the next. He touches on personal responsibility and networking before leaving college, prompting students to use the time in college to consider alternate plans and possibilities, even if there are times when intellectual or social demands overwhelm them.

In a country where students must weigh their potential income against continuing education, it is no wonder people are anxious about the myriad of responsibilities in their futures. No one has a crystal ball to tell them if their decisions will make them financially secure. Peter Klein guides readers like a mentor who has experienced their thoughts and fears and helps them understand their situation so they make optimal choices while he applauds their persistence when they don't live up to their self-expectations. Klein includes statistics to make you feel less isolated in your feelings, as he encourages you to use your time to mold your future into something that brings you pride. Educators will find Zen and the Art of Navigating College an indispensable resource that they may use to advise their students, and readers will benefit from every informative chapter.

Amtech Publishing has produced tracks that provide the most optimal listening experience. Listeners will find themselves deeply involved with the material. Warren Brownley narrates with a smooth voice that matches the author's words so closely it's like hearing the advice straight from the source. As someone who has put his direct and understandable voice to several nonfiction titles, Brownley easily embraces Klein's rich vocabulary and relatable metaphors and conveys them clearly to readers. It's easy to do household chores, a hobby involving your hands, or drive as Brownley relates Klein's wisdom and insightful stories.