First-Year Reading Experience

First-Year Reading Experience (FYRE) FYRE logo

USCB FYRE is an opportunity for students to have their first common learning experience before they arrive on campus for classes. Freshmen and new transfer students receive a copy of the book at summer orientation, which we encourage them to read before they return to campus in the fall. Throughout the school year, students have the chance to participate in special events planned around the book. The events will support the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop and enhance critical reading, thinking and writing skills
  • Build community through a common educational experience
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain cultural competence and understand different perspectives

2017 FYRE Book

Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly

USCB has chosen Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly as the FYRE book for the 2016-2017 academic year. We will kick off the school year with a Convocation address by Joan Robinson-Berry, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing South Carolina, followed by our iconic FYREside Chats and other events.

We hope that Hidden Figures ignites USCB first-year students, and the USCB campus-at-large, to engage with the complex themes and ideas explored in the book. For more resources about the book, check out our FYRE 2017: Hidden Figures guide.

Hidden Figures Book Cover