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FY Common Read Program
During the summer between high school graduation and coming to college, we ask that you take some time to complete a FY Common Read program selection. This program was created for incoming first year students to help ease the transition to college by creating a shared reading experience that will help you connect with other students, faculty and staff at Curry College.
The 2014 Summer Reading selection is The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Inspired by the author's own experiences, this National Book Award Winner and bestseller is a heartbreaking yet funny story that chronicles the adolescence of one contemporary Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live through his determination to receive a good education. We are excited about this selection and feel it centers on issues related to decision making and consequences of our choices, the powerful impact of life events and stressors on young people, the importance of interpersonal relationships, and wellness, all of which are relevant to our incoming students at Curry. Additionally, it provides opportunities for multidisciplinary discussions on issues related to ethnicity, race, educational success, poverty, and inequality.
Students will be given the book and a brief introduction at the new student orientation sessions in June. Following these sessions, students are tasked to read the book carefully throughout the summer and use discussion questions to better understand and deepen their knowledge of the book. Upon return to campus in the fall, First-Year students will participate in a discussion of the book in small groups along with a variety of other co-curricular programs related to the themes and topics in the book. This gives them an opportunity to share their views on the book and the events that took place in it both with other students and with members of the faculty and staff.
If you have any questions about the FY Common Read program, please contact Ryan Theroux, Interim Director, First Year Studies, at 617-333-2971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.