The Common Reading Essay Contest and the Common Reading Book for 2014-2015 is now open until Friday 13 February 2015.
The contest has closed.
This contest is open to any first year student (freshman) in the 2014-2015 academic year.
To make your essay a strong contender for one of the three prizes, here are some recommendations.
The Common Reading Book for 2014-2015 is "No Turning Back" by Bryan Anderson with David Mack.
Visit Bryan Anderson's website.
From Bryan Anderson:
"Before you dig into this book, there are a few things I think you should know. First, I was a soldier, and I still talk like one-in other words, I swear. So, if bad words bother you, just squint and pretend you don't see them. I want you to know this book is not about the war in Iraq, and I'm not pushing a political agenda. Even though I'm going to tell you about the day I was wounded and what I went through during rehab, this book's not just some war memoir or a pity party. I just want to share some of my stories with you. This book is not about being wounded. It's not about struggling. This book is about living. It's about life."
In this inspiring memoir, Bryan shares his infectious love for life that touches anyone who's faced hardship. No Turning Back is a testament to pure hard work, perseverance, and hope for a better life- no matter what shape it takes.