The Thomas College Common Read is our invitation to join our academic community of individuals who share and explore ideas with each other.

After reading and reflecting on this year's selection, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, we'd ask you to create a written response from one of the options listed below. During Fall Orientation, you will have an opportunity to discuss what you have written along with other students in your class.


In The Other Wes Moore, the author concludes, "I found myself surrounded by people…who kept pushing me to see more than what was directly in front of me, to see the boundless possibilities of the wider world and the unexplored possibilities within myself" (179). For this writing option, identify a person in your life who has "pushed you to see more," to see "unexplored possibilities" within yourself. That person could be a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a family member, or a friend-someone inside or outside a classroom. What did that person teach you about yourself? What did you come to learn about yourself that perhaps you hadn't seen before?

Consider the following when outlining your essay:

· Identify the specific situation, challenge or event that brought you and your "teacher" together. What perspective or new insight did this person bring to you about yourself that you perhaps hadn't considered before? What was the lesson you learned?

· Think also about how this person "taught" you. Was it through some action, or something they may have said? How did this person construct their "lesson"?

A word about writing. . .

Write at least 500 words (two typed double-spaced pages). Provide illustrations or examples from your life to support your work. Since this will be the first example of your writing skills for your instructor for your First-Year Seminar course, you should demonstrate your understanding of appropriate sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and word choice.

Please return your essay by Friday, August 16th to

Dr. Thomas Edwards
Thomas College
180 West River Road
Waterville, ME 04901
Tel (207) 859-1362

If you email your essay, please save it as a Microsoft Word or "rtf" (rich text format) document.

If you have any questions about the Common Read project, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Edwards or Debbie Cunningham, Dean of Retention Services. Debbie's telephone number and email address are (207) 859-1297 and She will be happy to help you in any way she can.

We are looking forward to receiving your project, and to welcoming you on campus this fall.

Our best wishes to you this summer and for the coming semester!

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