Dear Members of the Class of 2022,
A central feature of Skidmore's First-Year Experience is the Summer Reading Program, the purpose of which is twofold. First, we want to highlight the fact that education is not confined to the classroom or the academic calendar; on the contrary, the process of learning is ongoing, and we hope you will begin thinking (and reading) like a college student before you even get to campus. Second, we want to provide the entire first-year class with a common intellectual experience centered on a challenging topic. The Summer Reading helps us accomplish these goals.
For the Class of 2022, the FYE has chosen Exit West, the latest novel by bestselling Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid. Exit West appeared on numerous lists of“Best Books” for 2017 and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Last month it also won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, awarded to“an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.”