Eberly Common Reader Essay Contest

  • 2020–21 Common Reader

    How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Countrys Top Students
    by Cal Newport

    2019–20 Common Reader

    Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO
    by Fred Cook

    (Chosen for re-use by the Eberly business honors students)

    2018–19 Common Reader

    Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises out Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being
    by Shawn Achor

    2017–18 Common Reader

    Improvise: Unconventional Career Advise from an Unlikely CEO 
    by Fred Cook

    2016–17 Common Reader

    High Expectations are the Key to Everything
    by Michael and Sheryl Bergdahl

    2015–16 Common Reader

    They Dont Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World
    by Alexandra Levit

    2014–15 Common Reader

    Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Todays Workforce
    by Chip Espinoza and Mick Ukleja

    2013–14 Common Reader

    The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
    by Shawn Achor

    Notable quotes:

    “Achor transports us to his virtual classroom, a journey along which we glean the seven secrets of happiness. The Happiness Advantage reveals the most important discoveries coming out of modern psychology.”
    —Rom Brafman, bestselling co-author of Sway and Click

    “Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes . . .”
    Wall Street Journal

    Read about the 2013–14 contest.

    2012–13 Common Reader

    That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
    by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

    Read about the 2012–13 winners.
    Read about the introduction of the Eberly Common Reader.