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.


One of the central ideas in The Other Wes Moore is the important role that others play in how we set and achieve our goals. Moore writes, “The expectations that others place on us help us form our expectations of ourselves” (126). Consider a time in your life when you have been a teacher—when your expectations played a role in how others may have learned from you. For this writing option, identify a time when you found yourself in the role of teacher, someone called upon to set expectations for someone else, to lead or to inspire someone else. Describe what you did to make a difference and what impact your actions may have had on the people around you. What was the lesson you taught, and how did you accomplish it?

Consider the following when outlining your essay:

· What was the specific challenge or situation you faced? What was your role, and how did your role influence the people around you? If you were to go through this experience again, would you change anything?

· How do you know that your “teaching” made a difference, and had an impact on others? What happened as a result of what you did or said? How do you know that you inspired someone or changed what they might do in the future?

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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