Something I really love about this school is how many programs we have to help freshman transition into college life. One program, which I have discovered most helpful, is the elective course called First Year Experience (FYE). This class is engineered towards college freshman to help them begin their college career successfully. What’s great about this class is that there are many different areas of focus we can register for;
Current Events, Exploratory Majors, Leadership, Health and Wellness, Web Tools in Education, and International First Year Experience are only a few courses offered to aid in the transition.
I decided to take the leadership focusing class of FYE and have loved it! As a final project in all of the FYE classes, each student must participate and present work done in their FYE class at the Symposium. This event is held to showcase what is learned through these classes. For my class, we got to choose between a group or personal leadership experience project. After finishing our project, we got to make posters to bring to the Symposium for people to look at and ask us questions about our experience. Faculty and staff at Western were invited to attend the Symposium and see our work as well. I really enjoyed being able to have one-on-one conversations with some people I would normally not get the change to talk to.
When I got the chance to walk around the Symposium, I noticed how many different mediums we use in our everyday class activities. I loved seeing the videos my peers made to promote personal health and wellness. There were also presentations on how to create better looking visual aids for classroom presentations, which I found very helpful!
I have really appreciated all the effort that goes into helping freshman, like myself, figure out how to be a successful college student. With all this help around me, I feel ready to take on new challenges!
By Gabrielle Boyle