The Summer Reading Program Committee is sponsoring an essay writing contest for the 2015 freshman class. All first-year students are eligible to submit essays. Essays will be read and evaluated by members of the Summer Reading Program Committee.
Write the winning essay and you will be invited to have dinner with Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, on September 16, 2015. You will also receive a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
At age 24 and with a degree from Smith College in hand, Piper Kerman made a choice that would impact her life in a profound way. Her memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, documents her choice to transport illegal drug money all around the world and the haunting consequences that followed her long after she had managed to reconstruct a productive life. Like Piper, we make choices every day. Some choices we make using complex processes, carefully considering our values and all aspects of potential outcomes; others we make quickly based on our mood, immediate needs and interests, and pressure, real or imagined, that we feel from those around us. This personal narrative essay asks you to examine a time when you had to make a difficult choice that would impact your life in a significant way. A winning essay will engage the reader with detail, honesty, and a fresh narrative voice.