What’s the assignment?
All first-year Michigan State University students are expected to have read “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” before arriving on campus for the fall 2012 semester. There is no written assignment, although MSU students may want to use the questions provided on this bookmark to examine the themes and lessons of the book.
How will I use this book?
Katherine Boo, author of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” will speak to incoming freshmen on Monday, August 27, 2012 at the MSU Academic Welcome. Students will likely be involved in a discussion of the book in residence halls, attend theme-related events on campus and in the community and find the book assigned in freshman courses.
How do I obtain a copy of the book?
Students attending a summer session of the Academic Orientation Program (AOP) will receive a copy of the book at AOP check-in and will be charged $10 as part of their fall semester bill. Students registered for the AOP session at the end of August will not receive a copy of the book, but are expected to read the book during the summer prior to arriving to campus. If students who get the book at AOP choose to return it, it must be returned to the Academic Orientation Office in Case Hall before checking out of AOP. If you decide to return the copy of the book provided to you, you are still responsible for acquiring and reading the book.
Why have a required reading assignment before the beginning of school?
It's a great welcome to college life! The One Book, One Community program is an introduction to academic life and also gives new students something to talk about with each other. A series of community and campus events are planned for this fall around the themes in “Behind the Beautiful Forevers."
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