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FYE Book

Fall 2015

Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

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Krakauer’s book is a study of the real life (and death) of Christopher McCandless, a young man who shortly after graduating college donated his savings to charity, abandoned his possessions, and re-invented himself on a journey across America and into the wilderness of Alaska.  Krakauer finds two riddles in Chris’ story: how and why Chris died four months later; and the larger mystery surrounding the reasons for Chris’ journey, and the lessons we might wring from it.  The novel is a model for the value of a meaningful education: how to take a collection of brute facts and, through intellectual curiosity and investigation, open up a meaningful inquiry into life itself.  McCandless’ story engages a range of vital questions about the draw of nature to the human soul; what our relationships and responsibilities are (or ought to be) to ourselves, our families, and our communities; what our sense of self has to do with our class, our wealth, the things we own; and how we all search for an “authentic” life.

The FYE reading is used as an educational resource for interdisciplinary and academic engagement during the Building Your Legacy Orientation.

"The purpose of the first year book is to stimulate conversation and critical thinking while engaging our students in important historical or relevant and timely subjects. This common intellectual experience aims to establish the foundation for a successful and meaningful academic experience built on a sense of community and identity amongst the students, the faculty and the college."

– Dr. Brenda Kauffman, First Year Advisor and Assistant Professor, Political Science

Important Dates


June 16-19, 2015

Housing Assignments

July 1, 2015

Building Your Legacy Orientation Begins

August 22, 2015
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