'Decisive' is summer reading requirement for Freshman Discussion

Decisive: How to Make better Choices in Life and WorkBefore arriving at UAB for the Fall 2014 Semester, incoming freshmen are expected to read Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. The book is the focal point of this year's Freshman Discussion, an annual introductory series designed to promote community on the UAB campus through constructive, campus-wide dialog on relevant social or civic issues.

The book is available at Barnes & Noble @ UAB. Limited copies are also available through the Jefferson County Library Cooperative and Sterne Library.

A Discussion Book Convocation featuring co-author Dan Heath will be held August 28 at the Alys Stephens Center. Attendance at the event is mandatory for freshmen. Buses will be available to transport students from residence halls to the event.

Decisive teaches awareness of the decision-making process, pointing out common pitfalls and offering strategies to overcome them. Scenarios offered in the book range from “Should I call that cute student in my psychology class?” to “Should I take this job?” or “Is this the right major for me?”

The skills used will be reinforced throughout the year all over campus. Students can expect to see them implemented in First Year Experience (FYE) courses, examined in College of Arts & Sciences and English classes, taught in student groups, and used in student activities.

Additional information can be found on the Freshman Discussion website and in the UAB Reporter.