"Where are you from?" Summer Video Contest

This year's summer reading book, "Homegoing," tells the story of two half-sisters and their families. Themes of home and identity are explored with each chapter and new protagonist. We invite you to participate in a contest that engages further with these themes.

We invite you to submit short video clips that answer the broad question, "Where Are You From?" The Orientation staff will select the top 10 clips that are submitted and include them in a portion of the Orientation program.

Please pay attention to the following criteria

1) You must answer the question "Where are you from?" You can do this in whatever ways you'd like (e.g. Show footage of your home, neighborhood, communities, places of worship, family members, for example.) Other questions to consider are: Where are your parents/grandparents from? What are the most interesting aspects of your life at home? What will you miss most? What will you NOT miss?

2) You must not use foul, profane, or offensive language

3) You must be willing to let your footage be shown to the entire campus

4) Your video must be no longer than 90 seconds (30-45 seconds is the ideal)

5) Bonus points for levels of humor, creativity and/or making explicit connections to their summer reading, "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi


Submit your video by uploading it to this Google drive folder.


Upload your video to this Google File by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. If chosen, you will be notified in advance of your arrival to campus.


If you submit your video by 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, you will also be eligible to be selected as one of four Class Marshals, who will hold the Class of 2021 banner during the President's Assembly and Convocation during Orientation.

Please note

We understand that you might not feel comfortable making a video and sharing it, but that you may still want to participate in the contest. If this is the case, you can submit an essay of no more than 500 words by the same deadlines.