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Academic Advisement


One way that Baruch's Freshman Year Programs build intellectual community is through a common reading: everyone participating in the freshman year - students, faculty, staff and administrators - reads the same book.

We are currently in the process of selecting the freshman text for the 2015-2016 academic year. Every entering fall 2015 freshman will be given of a copy of the book and instructed to read by the start of the fall semester. We hope that you enjoy reading the selected book and that you will find ways to incorporate it your freshman year course.

Baruch holds programs and special events based on the freshman text throughout the year, but the reading figures prominently in a freshman's transition into college, especially from orientation through convocation. Convocation is the formal portion of a series of activities called Baruch Beginnings. At Baruch Beginnings first year students meet their fellow students in their freshman block under the guidance of student leaders and faculty. The event provides an outstanding opportunity for students to meet each other, to discuss the freshman text and to learn about the College.

How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia book cover

The freshman text for the 2014-2015 academic year is Mohsin Hamid’s How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. This sharply well-written story “follow’s a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, stealing its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over rising Asia”.

Freshman Text Discussion Questions

Suggested Study Guide Questions and Introduction to
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid:

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