Outside of the Classroom
Living on Campus
The Residence Halls
Not only will students be immersed in rich academic work, they will also live among their fellow students within residence halls on campus. Residence hall rooms are double-occupancy, so students will have a roommate, and the halls are seperated by wing based on gender. Participants experience a safe, supportive environment during their two weeks in the Transition to College Program and they also gain the valuable experience of living with their peers, negotiating effectively with roommates, identifying quiet places to study, and understanding what it means to be part of a larger community. The residence hall is staffed by a professional Resident Director (RD) and a team of college-aged mentors, known as RAs (Resident Assistants). This team helps participants bridge the gap between time in the classroom, and the rest of the day and evening. The staff, many of whom have had experience dealing with their own learning differences and have experienced the challenges of being a first-time college student, help students create and participate in a dynamic learning community.
The Dining Hall
Students will enjoy meals together in our dining hall, which offers a wide variety of choices, including an array of hot and cold entrees, soup, pizza, a sandwich and salad bar and extensive gluten-free options.
During the program's weekends and evenings, students will have opportunities to participate in planned group activities, such as outdoor hiking, white-water rafting, barbecues, on-campus music, movie trips and cultural events. Such activities are designed to be more than fun experiences—they also teach students how to handle themselves in large groups. The weekends, in some ways, are just as important as the academic portion of the program. They allow for the students to engage with the other students in the program, manage their own free-time and explore their surroundings. Often, we find that the connections and experiences that occur outside of the classroom can greatly increase the value of the program for the students.
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