Published: Sept. 10, 2020

Your 20s are often as exciting as they are paralyzing. With your whole life ahead of you, it can be difficult to decide what you want and how to get there. This semester, ASSETT (Arts and Sciences Support of Education Through Technology) will lead a book club meant to break down common misconceptions about your 20s while encouraging participants to take action in their post-graduation careers, relationships and health.

Based on the book The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now by psychologist Meg Jay, the virtual book club (held via Zoom) offers a place for participants to discuss the book and their experiences, while connecting other students in similar places in life.

As students make their way in an uncertain world, ASSETT hopes to bring community and clarity to participants kicking off their young-adult lives.

The nitty-gritty

This is a relatively low-commitment book club, but participants are strongly encouraged to show up to virtual meetings, since that is where most of the in-depth discussions will occur. ASSETT will provide ebook copies to all members.

If you are interested in participating, please email by Sept. 14 with your name and contact information. Since the club is providing ebooks, space is limited, and they cannot guarantee spots for participants after this date. Open to all undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences.

ASSETT stands for Arts and Sciences Support of Education Through Technology. They are the intersection of pedagogy and technology, with the goal of using modern tech for impactful learning and student success. This is the second student support book club run by ASSETT. The spring 2020 book club focused on the book Designing Your Life.

If you join

Who: A&S undegraduates
What: The Defining Decade virtual book club
When: Biweekly meetings on Wednesdays
Where: Zoom

Sept. 16, 7–8:30 p.m. MDT
First virtual meeting: Distribute ebooks, brief introductions

Sept. 30, 7–8:30 p.m. MDT
First meeting: Social media perceptions, covering work, identity capital, the strength of weak ties, the customized life and tips on digital technology and careers

Oct. 14, 7–8:30 p.m. MDT
Second meeting: Covering love, picking your family, the cohabitation effect, being “in like” and how digital platforms impact our generation’s love lives

Oct. 28, 7–8:30 p.m. MDT
Third and final meeting: Covering the brain and body, mental health, physical health and how good habits will get you ahead

Reserve Your Spot by Sept. 14