What Would You Do?
Freshman Reading Creative Contest
This year, as part of the Freshman Reading Program, we invite our new students to
create a work that reflects your personal response to Enrique's Journey.
Use one of the Contest Prompts (below) to create a topic or theme for your submission. Your submission may be created in a written format (essay), art piece, video, photography,
music, or any other creative medium that may be feasibly submitted (see Contest Rules, below).
Without a doubt, Enrique's Journey raises many questions about the decisions made by the people in this book, such as:
- Did Lourdes act responsibly when she left her children and traveled to the U.S. for
- Was Enrique's quest to find his mother worth the risk of the trip?
- Is it fair for Enrique to resent his mother for leaving him?
It would be unfair to criticize any of the decisions made by Lourdes, Enrique, and
others without having ever stood in their shoes. At best, we can empathize with their
situation and ask ourselves:
- If faced with a similar situation, what would I do?
- And, just as importantly, why would I choose this course of action?
Additionally, reading Enrique's Journey may have altered your perception of a controversial issue.
- What potential impact does this story have on you?
- Does it make you think of your life differently or change your behavior or opinions
in any way?
Each contest submission will be evaluated on the depth of thought and attention paid
to answering one of the following prompts:
- "If I was faced with a similar situation, what would I do, and why?"
- "How has this story impacted my life and how has it changed my behavior or opinions?"
- The contest is open to all UVU freshman students attending campus for the first time
for the 2014-2015 academic year (entering summer 2014, fall 2014, or spring 2015).
Prior concurrent enrollment students attending campus for the first time during that
timeframe are also eligible.
- Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in the Losee Center,
room 405k (fourth floor).
- Entry submission by a group is acceptable. All contributing group members must meet
the first-time freshmen criteria noted above. The group submission must clearly identify
all contributing members at the time the entry is submitted. If the group submission
is awarded a prize, the awarded scholarship amount will be divided equally among the
contributing group members.
- All submitted pieces must be original works by the student, giving proper credit to any cited sources.
- Submission guidelines:
- WRITTEN ESSAY: Essays should be typed, double-spaced, and have standard margins. Length should be
between 750-1250 words. The essay should have a cover page containing the title and
your name and UVID. Essay entries must be submitted via email as an attached MSWord
document. All emailed entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., March 31, 2015. The email
address for entries is firstname.lastname@example.org
- WORK OF ART: (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) Must be capable of being carried by one person.
Please make sure that your submission clearly identifies your name and UVID number
(for example, if you submit a painting, please make sure your information is clearly
visible on the back side of the artwork). Each submission of artwork must be accompanied
by a brief (written) statement of how the artwork responds to one of the contest prompts.
- SONG OR VIDEO: No longer than 5 minutes in length and must be submitted in a widely recognized format
(MP3 or MP4). Please make sure that your submission clearly identifies your name and
UVID number. Each musical submission must be accompanied by a brief (written) statement of how
the composition is inspired by one of the contest prompts.
- By submitting an entry to the contest, student implicitly provides permission for
reproduction and/or publication in part or full.
- Individuals may submit in multiple categories, but may only be awarded one prize.
Additional Criteria for Awarding of Book Scholarships
- Submissions will be evaluated based on their originality, expression, level of effort,
and their connection to the book. (Remember to use one of the Contest Prompts above to guide your work!)
- The entries will be judged by a committee of faculty, students, and staff.
- The winners will be notified by an email to their UVLink email account.
- There will be three principal awards: 1 First Place winner will receive a $300 book
scholarship; 1 Second Place winner will receive a $200 book scholarship; 1 Third Place winner will receive a $100 book scholarship. Each book scholarship will be awarded in the form of a UVU Bookstore gift card.