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Rambler Read

The Rambler Read is a University-wide common reading and dialogue opportunity for faculty, staff, and students, the goal is to provide a shared intellectual experience among all Loyola University Chicago students, particularly first-year students.

The official 2023-24 Rambler Read is Wake Up With Purpose!: What I’ve Learned in My First Hundred Years, by Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, in collaboration with Seth Davis. This memoir is an invitation into the life of Sister Jean and the lessons she’s gleaned from over a century of living. The book captures Sister Jean’s wisdom, spirit, and sharp sense of humor. It also delves into themes that connect us all, such as finding purpose and hope.


New students receive a copy of the book at New Student Convocation in August and be encouraged to read it during the academic year in classes like UCWR 110. The University community will also heard from both Sr. Jean and Seth Davis in a moderated discussion at New Student Convocation on August 25, 2023. 

You can access the 2023-2024 Rambler Read Teaching and Learning Guide for ideas on how to integrate this important text into your class or programming. 

For more information about the Rambler Read, or to request a review copy, please contact New Student Programs at firstyearexperience@luc.edu.

The Rambler Read Committee includes representatives from:

  • Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship
  • Division of Student Development
  • Living-Learning Communities
  • Mission Integration
  • New Student Programs
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Provost
  • Student Academic Services
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • University Core
  • University Libraries
  • Writing Program