Think of the first-year read as your first assignment. With discussion groups and activities based on the book, you’ll begin your life as a college student exploring topics, themes (particularly as it applies to the Campus Theme), and meeting other students. First-year read texts are carefully selected to engage and inspire students, encourage reading for pleasure and for purpose, and to provide common ground for spirited discussion and reflection.
The first-year read for 2013-2014:
In preparation for the September 24th, 2013 campus visit by author and activist Courtney E. Martin, all first-year students and transfer students will read Martin’s book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. This year’s first-year read introduces students to a diverse group of young adults who follow their passions and aspire to make a difference in their communities and the world. The book reflects Bay Path’s own strong connection to creating lives of meaning and contributing to one’s community.
“ Do It Anyway asks the most difficult question possible: how can I make my life meaningful? The answers are varied, transformational, and necessary for us all.” - Jane Fonda
Do It Anyway explores the lives and motivations of eight activists–not superhuman heroes, but ordinary young people searching for their own way to make a difference. Among others, we meet Raul Diaz, a prison re-entry social worker at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles; Nia Robinson, an African American climate-change activist in Washington, D.C.; Maricela Guzman of California, a former soldier fighting to end violence against women in the military; and Rosario Dawson, an actor struggling to use her celebrity for social change while staying authentic in her activism. In direct opposition to an older generation’s cry that young people are apathetic and disengaged, Do It Anyway introduces a new generation of activists drawn to the kind of work that keeps you up at night because you believe in it so deeply.
Previous first-year reads:
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler