I had the privilege of participating in the 2015 First Year Experience Conference in Dallas, Texas this past February. It was a chance for me to talk with college administrators and educators who are committed to providing the best possible experience for students adjusting to college life and academics. This was an especially exciting opportunity for me because I'm a big believer in the lasting impact teachers can make on individual lives.
My first year read was Chinua Achebe's THINGS FALL APART, which was a brilliant selection. College is a time when young adults are pushed to look within just as much as they are encouraged to learn about the world around them. It's a unique and important period of intro- and extro-spection. Here's my talk on how PEARL fits in with the first year theme.