Summer Reading and Writing Assignment
Each year, St. Mike’s chooses a common text for the incoming class. This summer, you’re required to read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. We think you’ll enjoy this novel, the 2015 winner of the Arthur C. Clark Award, about a post-apocalyptic world where "survival is insufficient."
Reading this wonderful book is your first step into the conversation that is a liberal arts education. To help you enter that conversation, your first-year seminar instructor will ask you to write a response to the book; you should watch your SMC email and home snail mail in early August for your summer writing assignment, due the first week of classes. (Students in spring seminars will get their letters over the winter break, but should read the book now.)
Additionally, in July we’ll post on the SMC portal essays by three SMC faculty responding to the book. During orientation, you’ll participate in a panel discussion with these faculty, so your instructor will likely ask you to also read their essays and perhaps incorporate responses to them into your own essay. Most exciting, on September 3, Emily St. John Mandel will visit our campus. So you’ll have a chance to discuss this book not only with your peers and faculty, but with its author herself.
So, as soon as possible, please buy the book, either at your local bookstore or online. The ISBN-10 for the paperback is 0804172447. Some copies will be available all summer at the campus bookstore, so if you’re on campus, you can also buy it there. But don’t delay; read the book soon so that you can jump into the conversation that is at the core of a liberal arts education.