Each year UMBC’s Book Selection Committee picks a book for the New Student Book Experience. This program is designed to unite new students, both Freshman and Transfers, by creating a small community within UMBC. Ok, so you may be thinking “why would I want to read BEFORE classes start??” I’m glad you asked! There are actually MANY benefits involved with the New Student Book Experience.
– You get to participate in a campus-wide essay contest (http://www.umbc.edu/undergrad_ed/book/essays.html)
– There will be numerous opportunities for book discussions which are a great way to prepare for Engl 100!
– There will be related lectures in various classes throughout the year (so you’ll have a head start!)
– You’ll be better prepared for college-level discussions in your classes
– You’ll already have a solid conversation starter when you arrive to campus
… just to name a few.
Now that you know some of the benefits, I bet you’re wondering what book was chosen for this year. Drum Roll Please … this year UMBC picked … Outcasts United by Warren St. John! The Book Selection Committee describes the book as follows,
“Outcasts United speaks to the difficulties of bringing together people from different cultures and backgrounds. It supports the value of both education and recreational sports. The story shows how determined individuals can make a difference in their own lives and that of others. By showing the struggles of family facing so much adversity, the book can put into perspective the dislocation and academic struggles experienced by new students. UMBC and the Baltimore area are both home to people from many countries, some of them refugees. The book may provide an opening for conversations among UMBC students from different countries. ”
This book is a great introduction to the diversity at UMBC and I’m sure it will start some fantastic discussions around campus. So while you’re on the beach this summer, listening to the waves and soaking up some sun, crack open Outcast United and take advantage of the exciting opportunity to bond with your classmates before class even begins!