Common Reader Essay Contest

2020-21 Common Reader

How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country's 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 Don't 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 Today's 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.