Conversations in the First Year engages members of the incoming class in an intellectual and reflective dialogue through a common text. This year's text is Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder, and the class-wide conversation will kick off on Thursday, September 7, 2023 with First Year Academic Convocation — a beloved University tradition that welcomes all first-year students into BC’s academic community. This shared experience embodies the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition at Boston College, which calls us to examine our faith and experience in conversation with others in order to pursue the greater glory of God.


Past Common Texts

Cultivating habits of thought. That’s what coming to BC is offering you. Some habits can and should be digital, connected, and even multi-tasked. But sometimes we all need the habit of opening a good book, diving in, and leaving the din of our contemporary moment, temporarily, behind.