First Year Experience Common Read

We are pleased to announce that the AY 2021-2022 Maine College of Art First Year Experience Common Read will be Goodbye, Again. Additional information about the book, events, and programming opportunities will soon be announced.

FYE Common Read Book

In Goodbye, Again  essays, reflections, and illustrations offer a series of hellos and goodbyes, an easily relatable pattern of visits and departures to be celebrated and mourned and meditated upon. Patience, attentiveness, illumination: Sun writes that many of the same qualities that help one care for a common houseplant can be equally important when creating art or maintaining one’s mental health. This will be a year of many new hellos; you will say goodbye to former versions of yourself as well. We all will, together.

While the entire MECA community is encouraged to participate in the FYE Common Read, we have assigned Goodbye, Again to all first year students to explore during the summer. Several additional copies of the book are available in the library.

Thank you to everyone who nominated titles, as well as those who volunteered their time to review the book and provide feedback. We especially would like to thank Nico Jenkins, Cindy Dykes, and Liz Rhaney.