Sam Houston State University

SHSU Common Reader Freshman Essay Contest

Students eligibleAll first-time freshmen who enroll full-time (minimum 12 hours) at Sam Houston State University in the fall 2019 semester who have read the book.
Prompt: In the second part of her book, Westover describes several instances where she felt alienated as she transitioned to new environments in college. Some of these challenges emerged in her interactions with roommates whereas others surfaced in conversations about study habits. This feeling of “not belonging” is common among beginning college students for various reasons. Describe a situation where you could help another college student overcome feelings of “not belonging” due to differences in understanding or cultural practices. We encourage applicants to draw on specific references noted in Tara’s experiences and cite them appropriately as you compare her experiences to your example of helping another college student to overcome feelings of not belonging.
Prize: $500 scholarship.
Sponsor: Accepted Students and New Bearkat Orientation
Due Date: 10/21/19

Monday, October 21, 2019

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