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First-Year Read Program

About the Program

The First-Year Read Program creates an instant sense of community among students entering our College by offering a number of shared intellectual and social experiences through a common read.

After students download an electronic version of the First-Year Read onto their new Hood iPads, all incoming first-year students then read the book over the summer. During fall orientation students meet in small groups led by volunteers from the Hood community to discuss the book’s main themes and important issues raised. Then first-year students are required to write an essay about the book in their first-year seminar during the first week of school.

Special activities related to the theme of the book, such as talks, movies and panel discussions, are offered during the fall, and all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. The program culminates with the author’s visit to the campus in mid-October, when first-year students will have an opportunity to meet with this special guest during the day and attend a public lecture and book signing later that evening.