First Year Studies News

Life of the Mind Invites You to Escape with Station Eleven

The campus community is invited to celebrate this year’s Life of the Mind program reading selection—Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel—by participating in a special First-Year Studies escape room in Hodges Library.

Input Wanted: Choosing a Life of the Mind Book for 2018-19

While Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has already been selected as the upcoming Life of the Mind book, your input is wanted to help choose the book for 2018–19 academic year. First-Year Studies, which oversees Life of the Mind, is seeking to choose books sooner to allow more time for faculty and units

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares His Story with Freshmen

The course of US astronaut Scott Kelly’s life was changed by reading a book. So it was especially fitting that Kelly, a UT alumnus who spent an unprecedented year in space about the International Space Station, spoke to freshmen during the annual celebration of Life of the Mind, a shared reading experience that is part of First-Year Studies 100.

Students Embrace Spirit of Halloween with Bugs

In the spirit of Halloween, freshmen are embracing the ghoulish holiday in a creepy, crawly way. The popular First-Year Studies course It’s a Bug’s Life, taught by entomology and plant pathology professor Jerome Grant, examines how insects have shaped our world and influenced our lives through movies, television, art, literature, and even food.