Choose Your Own Adulthood: A book to aid transitions between big phases in life

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Who do you go to when you need advice? Your mom, dad, guardian? Other family? Friends? Google? A combination of these?

When I first started college I didn’t have any sort of direction. I came into it thinking, “it’ll just be a tad more intense than high school and I’m a pretty responsible person so I shouldn’t have any issues”—I was a little off. There were plenty of little in between decisions that I didn’t have the experience to know how to deal with it.

What do you know now that you wish you would’ve back at the beginning of freshman year? What do you do when deciding between partying and studying? Relationship advice? How to say no when you’re overwhelmed?

Even if you didn’t know these things, they are still very applicable to the next big step of your journey—pursuing a career and building a life. Hal Runkel provides a cheat sheet of sorts in his book, Choose Your Own Adulthood. He originally wrote this book for his daughter, and presented it to her the day he dropped her off at college for her freshman year.

If you’re looking for some insight for your own life, reading Runkel’s book is a step in the right direction. “A small book about the small choices that make the biggest difference,” said Runkel.

The end of each chapter asks you which option you’d like to hear more about, and then has you flip to that corresponding page in the book. Choose your own future with this interactive, enlightening read.

About the author: Hal Runkel lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and two children. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, registered conflict mediator, and internationally known speaker. Runkel guides people in finding peace and prosperity each day with his insight on relationships, conflict, and decision-making.



Allie Wilson is an MSU graduate of the professional writing program. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she spends her free time obsessing over Grey’s Anatomy and eating. Wilson aspires to be an editor for a publishing firm that specializes in young adult fiction.


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