Common Summer Book
New College has a tradition of providing a common summer book for all of the in-coming students. Knowing that the summer between high school and college can be stressful, (and knowing that you are currently living a life between boxes and suitcases, with lists upon lists upon lists), this is a brief moment to cut through the clutter and focus on what the whole transition is about -- college, ideas, and expanding your world and your perspective.
This year, the choice was "The 5 Elements of Effecting Thinking,” (2012) by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird. The 157-page book presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways to become more successful through better thinking. It offers real-life stories, explicit action items and concrete methods that allow the reader to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change.