Student Life

“The book inspired me to follow my own heart a little more and figure out what I want to do in life.” — Natalie Parker, Class of 2019

“Community Read gave me a social environment in which to start conversations and build friendships.” — Tristan Sommerville, Class of 2020

“Being able to get together with my peers and talk about the project was a lot of fun!” — Tony Camisi, Class of 2019

Common Read

Designing Your Life 2020

For the 2020-2021 academic year, all freshman will be reading “Designing your life” by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett. The book will be distributed the first week of class in the freshman.

Entering its 12th year, the ASU Common Read is a West campus tradition that connects all incoming first-year student.  Students read and create a response to the text over the first part of fall semester, creating a commonality among all incoming ASU West campus students.  In November of 2020, students will attend a guest speaker event related to the book. Surrounding this event there will be opportunities to present work that relates to the reading.

This year’s selection, Designing Your Life asks the question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” is one that never truly goes away. No matter where you are in the journey, the search for a fulfilling life never stops. Dave Evans and Bill Burnett teach audiences how to look at career and life planning through the lens of design. Participants are given the tools to build their way forward and to develop various life scenarios just like a designer tests multiple prototypes. This approach fosters creativity and adaptability and allows audiences to accept that there is never just one right path.

Bill Burnett


Bill Burnett is an award-winning Silicon Valley designer and the Executive Director of the renowned Design Program at Stanford University. He is the co-author of Designing Your Life, an empowering book that shows people of any age how to design a life in which they can thrive. A thoughtful and motivational speaker, Burnett emphasizes actionable tools in his lectures and workshops. 

This event will occur virtually. All 101 students will register in their class. All others can register HERE to attend.

 Date:  Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 6:00 p.m.


All 101 students must register here: 101 Students Registration

All ASU Staff or faculty register here: Staff Registration


General public register here: General Public Registration

The Common Read program (formerly Summer Community Read), offered only at ASU’s West campus, offers incoming freshman students an opportunity to connect with their fellow students and the community through a shared reading.

Founded in 2012, the ASU West campus Common Read program has attracted authors such as Ernest Cline (“Ready Player One”), Adam Braun (“Promise of a Pencil”), and Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton: The Revolution”) to ASU’s West campus.