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Making Choices: Defining Who You Are

The primary purpose of the Indiana University Southeast Common Experience Program is to develop a common dialogue among students, faculty, staff, and members of the local communities. The theme or dialogue for 2016-17 is “Making Choices: Defining Who You Are.” Think about who you are and what you are doing in your life at this moment. Now think about how you got to this point. In many ways it is the result of a series of choices that you’ve made over your lifetime. Some are insignificant, others may be life changing. Sometimes one makes good choices, other times bad ones. Sometimes you have little control over choices or others make them for you. Some have faced a limited set of choices and have had to overcome hardship. Others have faced little hardship and have had a much broader set of life choices. Join us as we explore and discuss how people make choices and how those choices determine who we are and what we become.

There are many ways to participate in the Common Experience. One may attend some or all of our numerous programs and events scheduled over the course of the academic year. These programs are designed to allow you to focus on the importance of decisions that you make in your life. One may also read our common reading The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim and engage in book discussions in either the fall or spring semesters. Students can register in almost 40 courses that have assigned the common reading as part of the class. Faculty members, staff members, and members of the community are invited and encouraged to purchase the book, read it, and participate in one of the book discussions. All are welcome and encouraged to come and participate in our on-going dialogue “Making Choices: Defining Who Your Are.”