New first-year undergraduate students have a required summer assignment - This We Believe/UMassD.
This program is based on Thisibelieve.org, an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives: "a public dialogue about belief – one essay at a time."
So what do you want your new University Community to know about the values and experiences that make you, you!
Watch & read:
- View the screencast for details and deadlines. Follow Prof. Meghan Fair of the UMD English Department through her step-by-step video tutorial.
- Compose your own essay (250-word length) that describes a meaningful experience and the values you gained from it.
- By August 15: post your essay on This We Believe/UMassD for your classmates to read and share. The site has directions for posting your essay.
- By September 5: post your comments on your classmates' essays by the first day of class.
By August 1: Provost's Essay Contest - expand your required 250-word essay into a 500-word essay and submit by the deadline. Learn more about contest tips, rules, deadlines and prizes