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First Year Experience Course

STEP into College 

Interested in getting a kickstart into college and gaining tools that will help you succeed? Enroll in STEP 1102, taught by award-winning instructors. This one-credit course is designed for first-year students to reflect on the first year experience.

Course Description:

The subject of this course is you. This course provides an introduction and opportunity for you to transition to university life, as you discover the resources available (academic, co-curricular, community) and examine the principles of leadership. Designed to promote your self-awareness and personal success in college and in life after college, this course will equip you with flexible skills and strategies that are applicable across subjects and across time. These transferable and durable skills—cross-disciplinary and lifelong-learning skills—will empower you to flourish in the pursuit of your goals.

This class will help with college transition in four areas:

  1. Campus Engagement: connect you with other students—i.e., to help you form peer-support networks and peer-learning communities;

  2. Academic Success: connect you with the college—i.e., to promote (a) your appreciation of the meaning and relevance of the college curriculum (liberal arts & sciences), (b) your involvement in the co-curriculum (out-of-class experiential learning), and (c) your use of campus support services (academic-support and student development services);

  3. Personal Growth: connect your present college experience with your future goals and plans— i.e., to help you relate your current college experience with your upcoming decisions about your college major, your future career path, and your life beyond college.

  4. Wellness: emphasize the importance of forming good habits such as active listening, time management, health, mindfulness, and mindset to your college experience and your life.

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