2023 COMMON READING: THIS I BELIEVE
Dear Horned Frogs:
Welcome to TCU! Over the next few years, you will discover many traditions that form an essential part of the TCU experience. The Common Reading Program—a shared learning experience for all incoming students—is one of those traditions. Through interactive group discussions led by world-class faculty and staff, the Common Reading offers your first glimpse into our TCU community. It also provides a point of unity amid the rich diversity of the incoming class. We hope this program will allow you to learn about TCU’s Visions and Values, spark meaningful conversations and create bonds that will last throughout your time at TCU and beyond.
This year the Common Reading Program for first-year students is inspired by the 1950s radio program This I Believe. The This I Believe project and subsequent publications invited individuals from all walks of life to write about and discuss the core beliefs that guide their daily lives. Many remarkable people have shared their personal philosophies as part of the This I Believe project including Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, Bill Gates, and Gloria Steinem. Over 125,000 essays have been written by people across the globe.
As a first-year student, you will be asked to read various This I Believe essays, reflect on your personal beliefs and values, and create your very own personal philosophy. This opportunity will give you a chance to write about something that matters to you, as you begin of your college experience at TCU in our 150th year.
To better understand TCU and our Vision and Values, we encourage you to explore our past, embrace our present, and see how Horned Frogs will impact the future.
All incoming first-year students are required to complete the following items by August 10: