Becoming Yourself and Engaging with Others

What is Project Wake?

Wake Forest has a long tradition of engaging in a summer academic project on an issue of intellectual and social importance.  The tradition includes setting aside time during New Deac Week for students to engage with a faculty or staff member on this issue. It is a favorite New Deac Week activity.

The Project Wake 2023 theme is:

Becoming Yourself And Engaging With Others

Throughout life, we are often faced with moving to a new place or inhabiting a different space and environment. Through this process of change, we are constantly developing professional, personal, and spiritual connections. These transitions – changing schools, going to college, landing a new job, or having to relocate – can represent an opportunity to reflect on ourselves, our objectives, and how we want to engage with our new environment and its inhabitants (roommates, neighbors, colleagues). 

As the newest members of the Wake Forest community, we’d like you to think ahead to your next years with us — how does one succeed in this opportunity? How can we build community and find common ground in a world that is so focused on polarization? How do we create and maintain a balance between becoming our own person, with a set of values and perspectives, while remaining open to other ways of living, thinking and seeing the world? 

As a participant in Project Wake 2023, you will join your peers in thinking about the challenges and opportunities of the remarkable times in which we live and how your unique background equips you to meet those challenges. In June, you will find a list of the 2023 Project Wake summer reading options at Explore the themes of Becoming Yourself and Engaging with Others across a wide range of subjects, genres, and disciplines. These conversations have proven to be an exciting and meaningful way to make new friends, and discuss issues that matter.

More on Project Wake

Five former Project Wake participants and discussion leaders share their experiences with Project Wake and why they would encourage students to participate.

Reading Options & Discussions

Event Details

Contact Info

Office of Academic Advising