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2011-2012 Reading Assignment

Scratch Beginnings, by Adam Shepard

Excerpt from the book: 
“I am going to start – almost literally from scratch - with one 8' x 10' tarp, a sleeping bag, an empty gym bag, $25, and the clothes on my back. Via train, I will be dropped at a random place somewhere in the southeastern United States that is not in my home state of North Carolina. I have 365 days to become free of the realities of homelessness and become a “regular” member of society. After one year, for my project to be considered successful, I have to possess an operable automobile, live in a furnished apartment (alone or with a roommate), have $2500 in cash, and, most importantly, I have to be in a position in which I can continue to improve my circumstances by either going to school or starting my own business.”

Learn more about Adam Shepard and Scratch Beginnings by clicking here.

Eagle Reading Experience Goals 
  • To provide a common experience for first-year learners who live in the residence halls and to ease the transition into the academic community of NCCU
  • To build an intellectual community among first-year learners, returning students, faculty and staff
  • To help students make connections between classroom and out-of-classroom experiences
  • To engage students in discussions surrounding current societal issues

Benefits of a Common Reading Program

  • It offers the chance to develop a sense of community and connectedness to the university, and to cultivate an enlightened student.
  • It provides a cross-curricular integration of skill-building activities
  • The study guide, guest speakers, community service and social activities based on the content of the book will allow the students to come away with a sense of unity and commitment to their studies, peers and community.
For a copy of Scratch Beginnings in an alternative format, please contact:
Kesha Lee, director of student support services

Adapted from UNC-Chapel Hill and Pennsylvania State University
August 2010