Colleges around the country are increasingly assigning summer reading to incoming freshmen. Credit: Fuse
Ah, the summer before freshman year of college – a time of preparation for new beginnings. For many, this means a break between high school and the work soon to come. For some incoming freshmen at local colleges and universities, however, this means doing some required reading to get ready. While Harvard and Boston University don’t require or suggest any readings, here’s what books other students soon to arrive in Boston are getting into this summer.
Each incoming freshman at Boston College is given a book to read for First Year Academic Convocation, which this year is “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers. The 2013 dystopian novel follows the story of a young college graduate who works at a powerful technology company.
Over at Northeastern University, students will be checking out “Five Days at Memorial,” by journalist Sheri Fink, which details the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The learning doesn’t end there, however – the author will also be presenting to the students in the first week of September, during Northeastern’s Welcome Week.
Summer reading at Tufts falls under the Common Reading Program, which aims to “provide a common source of common source of community-building for all first year students” and “introduce students to the expectations of Tufts’ intellectual community.” The incoming class of 2018 will be reading “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” by Wes Moore, who will be addressing the Tufts community on Monday, September 8. The book details the story of two boys with the same name who grew up to be vastly different men-- one an author and army veteran, the other a convicted felon.