First Year Seminar Common Reading on
INFOCUS: Poverty and Inequality

The summer reading for the Class of 2019 will be announced in late spring.  Recent summer readings have included the following books:

  • "The Yellow Birds" by Kevin Powers (summer 2014)
  • "The Spirit Level:  Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger" by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (summer 2013)
  • "Living Downstream:  An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment" by Sarah Steingraber (summer 2012)
  • "A Home on the Field" by Paul Cuadros (summer 2011)

Connected with the summer reading will be two writing assignments; the first will be specifically tied to the summer reading, and will be announced at a later date (by June 1, 2015).  

The second assignment relates to your expectations as an incoming college student.  That assignment appears below.


Assignment 2:

First-Year Seminar Summer Assignment: Letter to Your FYS Instructor (Due August 15)

Dear Student:

The transition from high school to college is an exciting period, full of high hopes and energetic eagerness, but also tinged with concern and uncertainty. As with most significant transitions, investing some focused time in deliberate consideration of one’s goals, assumptions, and expectations can help make the path smoother and the journey more successful. With this in mind and with your arrival at Moravian drawing nearer, please reflect on the following prompts:

  • What does a college education mean to you?
  • What do you expect to derive from your college education/experience?
  • How will college be different from high school? What kinds of support do you anticipate needing for the transition?
  • Assess your skills and talents as a student (e.g., skills and talents such as your willingness to learn/be challenged; interest in improving your skills; reading comprehension; level of comfort and experience with drafting and revising in the writing process; critical thinking, reading, writing, speaking, and listening; goal setting/project management; and self-discipline, perseverance, and passion).
  • How many hours each week do you expect to devote outside of class to activities related to your academic success, such as studying, writing, reading, lab work, rehearsing, etc.?