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2018–2019 First-Year Text

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Welcome to the University! Each year, Loyola's first-year students read the same book over the summer. This gives the incoming class a common experience and an example of the values and mission that we hold dear here at Loyola. Students are invited to reflect on the book and submit an essay for the First-Year Essay Contest. In many first-year writing classes, students will have an opportunity to discuss and write about this year's First-Year Text:

Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling. by Andrew Hoffman

Please read Finding Purpose before returning to campus in late August. The book will be included as a major theme of your New Student Convocation on August 24, and you will have your first academic discussion at Loyola when you meet an instructor to discuss the book that evening.

Here are some questions to help guide your reading:

• How do you think sustainability fits within your intended major, as a source of the problem or the solution?

• How might you think about incorporating sustainability into both your personal and professional life?

• How does sustainability fit with your personal sense of your purpose on earth; your vocation or calling?

As you read Finding Purpose, we hope you consider how you will play a part in contributing your gifts to our Loyola community, to Chicago and to the world. 

For more information or questions about your First-Year Text, please contact the Office of Student Transitions and Outreach at 773.508.7381 or firstyearexperience@luc.edu.