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2014 Summer Reading Program

About the Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is a collection of events surrounding a common theme to introduce you to the ULM learning community. Read the selected essays over the summer as your first university assignment and be prepared to discuss it in freshman English, University Seminar (UNIV 1001).

The program provides you with:

 


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This I Believe

The University of Louisiana at Monroe welcomes new students to campus through the Summer Reading Program.

This year’s selection is a collection of essays from “This I Believe,” an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived on the NPR website, heard on public radio, chronicled through NPR’s books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

The Assignment

New ULM students are expected to read the selected essays from the NPR “This I Believe” website (http://thisibelieve.org) and be prepared to discuss them in freshman English and University Seminar (UNIV 1001).

The list of 25 essays is required reading for the 2014 incoming freshman class. You may access these essays by going to the web address noted or by going to the NPR website and entering the number of the essay. You may choose to listen to the podcast instead of reading the selection.

Tolerance:

“This I Believe”
Jennifer – Cheektowaga, New York
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/4560/

“This I Believe”
Elizabeth – Davis, California
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/4530/

“Global Citizens”
Elizabeth George –Louisville, Kentucky
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/21667/

“One Person a Day
Courtney – Prescott, Arizona
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/7582/

“We’re All Different in Our Own Ways”
Joshua Yuchasz – Milford, Michigan
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/14338/

Brotherhood and Friendship:

“We Do Not Live Alone”
John Davis Drummey – Boston, Massachusetts
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16513/

“The Power of Hello”
Howard White – Lake Oswego, Oregon
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/48202/

“Ignore the Roar of Regret”
Jennifer – Memphis, Tennessee
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/105246/

“The Strength of Friendship”
Katherine – Spotsylvania, Virginia
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/90048/

“Humans in Need of Each Other”
Ryland – Palm Springs, California
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/11178/

Community:

“The Power of a Smile”
Patrick – Cupertino, California
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/121587/

“The Back of the Bus”
Sara – Cleghorn, Iowa
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/87469/

“A Father is Born from Many Strangers”
Michelle Weldon – River Forest, Illinois
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/45044/

“The Kindness of Strangers”
Colleen – Apache Junction, Arizona
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/98277/

“Connecting to a Global Tribe”
Matt Harding – Seattle, Washington
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/62368/

Citizenship:

“My Vote Matters”
Kim – Atlanta, Georgia
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/40502/

“A Little Consideration for Others”
April – Norfolk, Virginia
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/11478/

“This I Believe”
Walter – Hampden Sydney, Virginia
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/4596/

 “This I Believe”
Dani – Jackson, Michigan
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/24077/

“Helping Those in Need”
Tara – Jeffersonville, Vermont
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/66569/

Empathy:

“Important Strangers”
Leslie Guttman – Lexington, Kentucky
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/76927/

“Learning to Listen”
Peggy Ramin – Silver Spring, Maryland
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/97111/

“A Beautiful Mind”
Morgan – Puyallup, Washington
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/49269/

“From a Certain Point of View”
Kelly – Allendale, Michigan
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/50269/

“The Hole in the Enemy’s Armor”
Lewis Hoskins – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/16657/


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