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2014 Freshmen Summer Reading Assignment and September Event

College of Business

Freshman Reading Assignment 2014
and Freshmen Event
Monday, September 8th, 6:00p.m.,
McFarland Student Union (MSU) Rooms 218/223

Welcome to Kutztown University's College of Business Freshmen Connections! College of Business freshmen must complete this summer reading assignment and then attend a special connections event, hosted by the College's Advisory Boards and faculty members on Monday, September 8, 2014 during which this assignment will be discussed.

 You are about to begin your University career and like all careers, habits are powerful behaviors that will assist in making you successful. Using the links provided below and on College of Business website home page, complete the assignments listed in the table below. Make notes in answer to the questions listed in the "student requirements" section. Be prepared to discuss your answers and the Power of Habit at the Freshmen Event in September.

Your attendance is expected at the Monday, September 8th, 6pm Freshmen Event. Please confirm your attendance by emailing your FULL NAME & MAJOR to the College of Business at 


Links to Assignment Materials

Student Requirements

Watch the video: "How to Break Habits"

Why are habits so hard to change? Think about a time when you have tried to change one of your habits. Was it hard? Were you successful? If so, how did you do it? If not, what should you have done differently?

Read "A Guide to Changing Habits"

Think of a common pattern of behavior such as checking your email or studying for an exam. Describe the cue, routine, reward, and craving for that habit.

Review the flowchart "How to change a habit"

Make a plan for a habit that you would like to change now that you are a freshman. What do you think some of the challenges will be?

Review the flowchart "How to make a habit"

Make a plan for a new habit you would like to develop as you begin your career as a university student. Identify what you can use as a cue, the steps involved in creating the routine and the reward this new habit will provide to you.

Material Source: Resources and teaching guides provided at