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​Common Experiences - Common Goals - Uncommon Results! Book Cover of: Into the Beautiful North

The Freshman Common Reader Program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides you, our entering freshmen, with an opportunity to start your college journey with a common foundation. It begins with the reading of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore during the summer. At our Freshman Convocation, you will interact with faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students as we get to know one another. Also, we will discuss aspects of the novel and share our ideas. Follow-up events occur throughout the year as you progress toward your "Common Goal" of graduation.

You will receive a copy of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" at orientation and information about writing contests with monetary awards. (Wes Moore talking to students on what his book truly is about)


 Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

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