The Commons Reading is still required for the 2020-21 academic year.
The Commons Reading will be The Person You Mean to Be by award-winning author Dolly Chugh. In years past, the Commons Reading has been distributed to all incoming first-year undergraduate students the summer before they arrive on campus. For the first time, incoming transfer students will be included in this year’s recipient group. While first-year students will continue to discuss the Commons Reading through the Vanderbilt Visions program, transfer students will engage with the book through informal dialogue facilitated by peer mentors throughout the fall semester.
The Commons Reading is an integral part of the Vanderbilt Visions program and The Ingram Commons experience. It serves to unify all new students as it brings to light important themes that will be discussed over the course of the year. All new students are still required to complete The Commons Reading, along with a corresponding reflective essay. When you receive the reading in July, you will also receive instructions on how to complete the essay. This year, the deadline by which you will need to do both has been extended to accommodate for present circumstances.