All incoming students at Penn State New Kensington participate in the First Year Summer Reading Program. Students will be provided with access to an assigned article over the summer, then asked to read it and come prepared to discuss it during New Student Days (NSD) in August.
The goals of the annual First Year Summer Reading Program are to:
- encourage you to read and think critically
- give you a taste of what skills will be required of you in college
- provide a shared experience for new students on the campus
- enhance a sense of community between students, faculty, and staff by giving us something in common to discuss
The 2020 reading selection is:
The Legacy of the Pandemic: 11 Ways it Will Change the Way We Live
Vox, April 22, 2020
What do you need to do?
- Read the article prior to New Student Days (August 18 and 19, 2020).
- Be prepared to talk about the article and its key points.
- How do you think the pandemic and its outcomes will change society?
- Share your ideas with your fellow classmates!
Past reading selections include:
- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by Hans Rosling
- Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work by Dave Isay (2018)
- Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era by Daniel J. Levitin (2017)
- Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11 by Tom McMillan (2016)
- The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World by Russell Gold (2015) (A Penn State Reads selection)
- This I Believe, Life Lessons by Dan Gediman (2014)
- Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (2013)
- Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks (2012)
- My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah by Robin Wiszowaty (2011)
- Make the Impossible Possible by Bill Strickland (2010)
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (2009)
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2008)
- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (2007)
- Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead by Tamara Draut (2006)
- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (2005)
Future reading selections:
Have a suggestion for a future reading selection that you want to share with us? Nominate a reading for our next First Year Summer Reading Program!