College students might be spending their summers slogging away in an unpaid internship, working in retail, or, if they’re lucky, relaxing by the pool. However, even if school isn’t in session, students can still focus on growth and learning.

TED Talks are a valuable and free resource for college students. From learning about accepting failure as an inevitable part of life to discovering hidden talents, TED Talks offer valuable lessons for young men and women at the cusp of adulthood. Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a look at the TED Talks that everyone should watch this summer–from teachers and parents to K-12 students.

This week, we have top TED Talks that college students should watch before the next school year.

1. Adam Grant: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania professor Adam Grant studies “originals,” thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn the unexpected habits of originals–including embracing failure. College students looking to change the world–or just get hired after graduation–can use Grant’s advice to shape their habits and long-term goals.

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.