New Student Read Program

The Hartwick College New Student Read is a central component of the First-Year Experience at Hartwick College, providing a common reading experience and dialogue opportunity that supports the successful transition of new students into our college community. The New Student Read is also linked to the College’s Annual Campus Theme and related programming.

New Student Read 2019 title – Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet

New First Year students should read Make Your Home Among Strangers prior to Welcome Weekend. Themes from the book will be discussed during Welcome Weekend sessions; related assignments will also be incorporated into the Fall Term ‘Wick 101 course for first year students.

Vision/Mission Statement

The Center for Student Success seeks to connect new students through meaningful dialogue by engaging all members of the incoming class in a common reading experience. The New Student Read is designed to promote personal reflection as students acclimate to college, and provides a framework for discussion during Welcome Weekend and throughout the Fall Term ‘Wick 101 course for new students.


  • To inspire conversations that connect students in a thoughtful way with faculty, staff, and classmates as they build a sense of community;
  • To encourage students to think broadly about their potential and reflect on their purpose, passion and personal mission;
  • To help students understand their own privilege, the value of the opportunities available to them, the impact that their every-day choices have in a global context, and their responsibilities as global citizens;
  • To provide a framework for discussing the transition to college; and
  • To connect students to other campus initiatives, such as the Campus Theme, service-learning and experiential learning opportunities, and academic and co-curricular programming
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