The 2015-16 Common Book is The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun. Braun’s book is a first-person account of his journey from high-powered Wall Street consultant to founder of the non-profit Pencils of Promise, an organization he started with just $25 that has now built over 200 schools in developing countries around the world.In the book, Braun reveals the challenges of moving away from the expectations of his family and society as he decides to blaze his own trail more in line with his passions, leaving a prestigious job and the guarantee of financial success in the dust.
How to Get Your Copy
Copies of the book will be given with incoming students at Summer Orientation, but if you’re in the neighborhood, you can also stop by the Office of First-Year Experience in Dewey Hall to pick one up.
View or download a copy of the reading guide here.