How do I get into this class?

I am delighted about your interest in Spiritual Journeys in Young Adult Fiction and I warmly invite you to apply. Here is what you need to do. First, to help you decide whether this course will meet your expectations, I’d like you to look at the course description and to read my open letter to students.

If, after the reading, you would like to enroll, please send me an e-mail ( with your name, year in college, major, your academic and non-academic interests.  In addition, I’d like your thoughts about these questions. You don’t need to compose a polished essay; I expect you to be able to write this in one sitting.

  • What are some favorite young adult books or films that have been meaningful or rich for you?  (Please list as many as five, and include a sentence or two about why each work grabbed you.)
  • What are your thoughts about approaching the subject of the course not only as an academic exploration but also as a springboard to personal reflection?
  • Why do you want to take this course?  What do you hope to gain from it?  Given that the course will be small (15 students) and will create an active learning community, what do you plan to contribute to that community?  What risks do you plan to take?
  • What is your reaction to the course description and requirements?  If you’d like, we also welcome any thoughts on my open letter to you.

In reviewing the applications I am looking for a mix of students, that is, a variety of intellectual and personal interests in the topic of our class.

I look forward to your e-mail!

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