Freshman Reading Project Essay Prompt

To conclude your participation in the Freshman Reading Project, you must now write a brief reflective essay and attend a discussion session about your readings. You must complete the paper and discussion in order to remain in good standing in the Honors Program.

Here is the essay prompt:

Choose one of these options, and submit it at or before the time of your small group meeting.

Option 1 – Writing Prompt – Since you have read David Brooks’ The Road to Character, answer the following question: Is it more important to cultivate “character” or “happiness”? In addressing this question, consider whether or not the two come together in some way. In particular, how do the individuals profiled by Brooks help you in considering this problem?

Please use at least two examples from the book in your argument. At the outset, you should briefly explain your working definitions of happiness and character. Your essay should total 600-800 words.

Option 2 – Visual Expression with Artist’s Statement – Create an original piece of art no larger than 16”x20” that expresses the inspiration you received from reading David Brooks’ The Road to Character, and in particular the individuals profiled by Brooks. In a one-page artist’s statement, explain your work; please reference at least two examples from the book in your statement. Most all mediums will be accepted with the exception of photographs or graphic images not created by you. If you wish to incorporate some photos or graphic images into your piece using other mediums, please do so sparingly.

For either option, illustrate your points by references to specific acts of reading in your past, and to passages from the book. Grades will be based on how well you follow these instructions, and the quality of your writing and/or original art. Check spelling and grammar before submitting your assignment. If submitting art, submit a polished piece of work.

The essay will be due to your small group discussion leader at the time of your meeting.


Did you miss the Freshman Assembly?

If you missed the Freshman Assembly because of a class conflict, you need to sign up for a discussion session. Sign-up sheets are posted outside of Dr. Beck's door in the Honors Suite, Morrison 203. Once you have signed up for a particular meeting time, send an email to the discussion leader to let him or her know that you are joining the group. You can look up a student's email address via Baylor Outlook by starting a new email composition and clicking on the "To..." button next to the address bar. This will open up a search box where you can search by first or last name. Please sign up as soon as possible as spots are being filled.

Please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Beck if you have any questions or if problems arise.

A copy of Dr. McLendon's Freshman Assembly Talk will be posted on this web page next week.