This study aims to understand how prospective first-generation college students develop their perceptions of college engagement before college attendance through secondary sources. A group of high school students were assigned to read a college-themed mystery novel and rank a series of statements relating to college engagement before and after the activity. Viewpoints of college engagement shifted from a solely academic focus to a more holistic focus after reading the novel. Enjoyment and relatability of the novel were major factors contributing to the shift in viewpoints. Findings suggest that college preparation programs need to expand beyond academics to include social and emotional components through engaging mediums.