First-Year Summer Reading Essay Contest
All first-year students are invited to enter the First-Year Summer Reading Essay Contest.
• Free use of your spring semester textbooks
• Invitation to attend dinner with the First-Year Summer Reading author.
2013 Essay Prompt
"A person becomes a person through other people." (African proverb)
Fr. Boyle speaks at length on his definition of the "success" of his efforts in light of adversity, hard work, and tragedy. What do these efforts succeed in accomplishing? How does one recognize the successes? Support your argument with 2-3 specific examples from the text (citing page numbers)
A successful essay will accomplish the following:
- Maintain a clear purpose throughout the entire essay
- Express a unique perspective
- Contain a strong, central thesis
- Use relevant, detailed evidence from the book
- Show pages numbers for textual references
- Demonstrate effective paragraphing (coherence and unity among paragraphs)
- Contain correct grammar and punctuation
- 750 - 1000 words
- The deadline for the 2013 First-Year Summer Reading Essay has lapsed. Information about the 2014 Essay Contest will be provided in the spring semester.
Contact the Student Involvement Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-977-2805
Student Involvement Center, Academic Support, Barnes and Noble College Bookstore
***Congratulations to our 2013 Essay Contest Winner, Mackenzie Sullivan, a first-year nursing student who is involved in the Health Sciences Learning Community! Her winning essay submission is entitled "The Return to Ourselves: Kinship" and can be read here. Congratulations again to Mackenzie!***