As orientation week is underway, Fisk University welcomes the Class of 2012. As freshmen at Fisk, the Class of 2012 enters the University bringing with them high expectations as 43% of its members finished in the top 25% of their high school classes.
Their first task upon entering Fisk was to complete Fareed Zakaria’s “The Post- American World” which served as the recommended text for summer reading. In one highlight of the orientation activities, Fisk University President Hazel R. O’Leary led dialog about Zakaria’s book and how it is relevant to the lives of today’s students. As a forecast of the social and economic global outcomes of the 21st century, Zakaria argues that America will remain strengthened by the influx of young, educated immigrants and that continents such as Europe and Asia could suffer from an increasing population of unproductive elderly.
President O’Leary called on several members of the Class of 2012 who shared informed and critical reflections on “The Post-American World.” Many of the students commented on the impact of globalization and the need for young citizens in the United States to pursue education and enterprise as well as opportunities for ethical leadership.
Congratulations to the Class of 2012 for a great start at Fisk University.