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Resources

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FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

The First Year Experience (FYE) utilizes the resources of our best faculty, staff and students in a wide range of exciting academic and co-curricular initiatives designed to foster a sense of belonging and adventurous exploration. A two semester, five course sequence forms the core of the experience with academic support, student life and co-curricular programming creating a holistic model for student development.  The FYE spans a timeline from the point at which a student enters their academic pursuits at the College to their achievement of sophomore status.    

Program Objectives – This is why we have FYE

  • Provide opportunities for first year students to develop a solid foundation for self-exploration and personally defined success within the unique culture of the Mitchell College community
  • Support a suite of courses with coordinated content designed to integrate knowledge, skills and values necessary for a sucessful transition into the Mitchell Ability Model
  • Promote first-year student engagement in and out of classroom

Student OutcomesThis is what we hope YOU become

  • Engaged members of a distinct class unit
  • Participating members of the Mitchel College community
  • Curious and self directed scholars who can identify your unique academic path based on your interests, strengths and abilities
  • Responsible citizens with an idea of place and purpose in any given community

Week 1 (Aug. 29th)

Welcome /The Journey Begins Getting To Know Us/You

  • Getting acclimated
  • Course expectations
  • Purpose of and reading a syllabus

Chapter 2- Finding Support on Campus

Reflect/Assignment

Part 1: Identify at least three reasons why you decided to attend college, and describe how you expect your college experience to address each of them.

Part 2: Explain what you want your social life to look like at college and describe three strategies that will help you achieve the social life you desire, and how.

Co-Curricular Connection

Campus Wide Scavenger Hunt

Week 2 (Sept. 5th)

Finding Your Place

  • Connection To Others
  • Building a network
  • Commitment To Self
  • Getting Involved

Chapter 1- Beginning Your College Journey

Reflect/Assignment

Co-Curricular Connection

Attend one showing of Monsters University and the Involvement Fair

Week 3 (Sept. 12th)

High School VS College

  • Study skills
  • Success strategies
  • Time management
  • Tests and exams (DSS)

Chapter 4 –Using Time Wisely

Chapter 7 – Note Taking

Chapter 8 – Reading Effectively

Chapter 9 – Test Taking

Reflect/Assignment

Do you have a sense of what a “balanced college life” might look like for you? Given that academics are a huge part of college, what else would you like to include in your life to feel healthy, rejuvenated, and content? And what might help you reduce stress? When thinking about this, consider physical activity, sleep, eating habits, extracurricular activities, social life, and what you do for fun.

What are some takeaways from today’s class that can help you management your time?

Co-Curricular Connection

Check in with your Academic Advisor and Transition Mentor

Week 4 (Sept. 19th)

Knowing Yourself

  • Values
  • What Is Your “Type”
  • True Colors

Callings: Philosophers

Reflect/Assignment

Talk about the color you identified with in class today. What do you think your “calling” might be and how can knowing about your color help you?

Co-Curricular Connection

Campus Event: Student choice; two options that align with own interests

Week 5 (Sept. 26th)

Finding Your Calling- In the Classroom

Building a tool box for successful transition to being a college student and beyond

  • Setting Priorities; Creating Goals

Chapter 3 –Motivation and Goal Setting

Reflect/Assignment

Discuss at least 1 long-term goal.

A.   What is the goal, why is it important to you, and when do you plan to achieve it? Does this goal align with some of your values that you identified last week?

B.    Explain how this goal is considered a SMART goal.

C.   What are some things you will do in the next 30 days that will help you to achieve this goal?

Discuss at least 1 short-term goal.

A.   What is the goal, why is it important to you, and when do you plan to achieve it? Does this goal align with some of your values that you identified last week?

B.    Explain how this goal is considered a SMART goal.

C.   What are some things you will do in the next week that will help you to achieve this goal?

Co-Curricular Connection

Study Skills Series:Student choice; two options that align with own interests 

Week 6 (Oct. 3rd)

Finding Your Calling- In the Classroom

  • Learning How You Learn
  • Learning Styles “VARK”
  • Study Habits

Chapter 5 – Learning Preferences and Studying

Chapter 6 – Critical Thinking

Chapter 10 – Writing and Information Literacy (team up with writing instructor)

Reflect/Assignment

Once you know your VARK learning style, does the description resonate with you? Do you think it’s an accurate description of you and the way you learn? If so, what resonates most clearly? Are you surprised by any aspect of your learning style description? How will you use this information about your learning Style?

Co-Curricular Connection

Begin planning the class event

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