Florida Gulf Coast University's First Year Reading Project introduces incoming students to the expectations of learning at an institution of higher education. All first-year students read a common book during the summer, usually a novel or work of non-fiction, and prepare to engage with the questions posed by the study guide. The book is discussed in Composition I classes during the early weeks of the Fall semester.
The First Year Reading project engages students in critical thinking and writing skills, preparing them for a rigorous academic experience, and connects them to the campus community so that they are supported in this experience. In this way, students become a part of the community at Florida Gulf Coast University and come prepared for our unique learning experience.
Summer 2013 Reading Project
All incoming first year students at Florida Gulf Coast University will read Darin Strauss's Half a Life in order to begin the intellectual preparation necessary for a successful first year experience.
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