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Common Reading Experience

The Common Reading Committee and the Office of Student Success Programs are pleased to announce the selection of this year’s Kent State Common Reading book Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World by Kate Otto.

Everyday Ambassador by Kate Otto is available at the Kent State University Bookstore for $16.00.
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About the Common Reading Experience

Learn more about what the Common Reading Experience is and why first-year students are required to participate.



Everyday Ambassador by Kate Otto

About the Book

Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World by Kate Otto is the Kent State University Common Reading Experience book for all first-year students starting in 2017, 2018, or 2019.

Book Experiences

All first-year students are required to submit an essay and participate in a peer-led discussion.

Common Reading FAQs

Who Participates in the Common Reading Experience?

All new first-year students will participate.

Where will the Common Reading Discussion take place?

You will be notified of your Common Reading Discussion location when you check in for Welcome Weekend. Students will meet with their First Year Experience (FYE) class as their assigned group for the discussion. You will NOT be in your regularly scheduled FYE course location. 

Is the book for a class?

This experience is intended as an academic component to help with your transition to Kent State University and the book is not tied to a specific class. Some FYE Instructors and other course instructors adopt the book for their course for the semester. It is not an expectation of FYE instructors to adopt the book as part of the class

Do I need to type my essay?

Yes, please type your responses to the prompts in essay format. Be sure to include your name and email address on the page. 

How long does my essay need to be?

Your essay should total 1-2 pages in length. A strong essay will answer all four assignment prompts.

Will I be turning in my essay?

Yes, you are required to email your essay to by January 16, 2018.