THINGS TO READ BEFORE STARTING AT WESLEYAN:
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A much creepier, darker, and addictively juicier version of your freshman year.
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
This book asks you to confront warring views and opinions about every aspect of culture, religion, race, class, politics and education. Which is essentially what you’ll be doing for the next four years.
White Girls by Hilton Als
A critique and meditation on race, gender, history, literature, art and music. This book will be your guide to breaking down culture as you know it.
Undoing Gender by Judith Butler
OK this one is tough, but this will give you a serious head start. Plus, when it’s undoubtedly assigned in one of your classes you’ll be happy it’s the second time around.
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallis
You won’t have time to read this once you’re actually taking classes. Plus, chances are someone will at one point drunkenly hit on you with this book as a conversation starter. (This has happened to me. Twice.)
The New Jim Crow
This should be required reading for everyone everywhere, honestly.
The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
Just trust us.
Norwegian Wood by Murakami
College as told through love, loss, and protest. Themes of collegiate life in Japan in the 60s can/will apply to you as you figure out what you are, who you are, who you want to be and where you are now.
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heiti
Everyone will benefit from reading Sheila Heiti's reflections on youth and growing up. Perfect to prepare you for that existential wandering one might call the "Sophomore Slump".
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