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Common Experience

Common Experience

The Common Experience facilitates meaningful, thoughtful interaction among campus members through a yearlong examination of a topic or issue that requires interdisciplinary thought and collaborative action. The Common Experience strengthens the intellectual climate on campus and increases student success by bridging academic and residence life.

Inspired by our 2017 Common Read, Kevin Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, this year’s Common Experience theme is Creation, Connection, and Community. Over the 2017 – 2018 academic year, faculty, staff, and students from every discipline on campus will reflect on the ways in which creation inspires not only art and invention, but also the bonds of connection between individuals. Through discussions of How to Fly a Horse, co-curricular events, residential programming, film screenings, and engaging speakers, the Common Experience will encourage incoming students to make new discoveries about themselves, the High Point community, and the greater world. Check out the links below for more details on the different experiences and learning opportunities associated with the first year. 

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Common Read

Common Experience Events & Resources

First-Year Seminars and English 1103

Residential Curriculum

Resources for Incoming Students