Shepard Academic Resource Center: First Year Workshop
The First-Year Workshop Program is designed to help first-year UP students understand the dexterity needed for academic success in higher education. The weekly workshops are led by Workshop Leaders who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who assist freshmen in making the adjustment to life on The Bluff.
The topics covered in the workshops include time management, campus resources, stress management, reading textbooks, taking notes, studying for math and science, taking tests, active learning, goal setting, wellness, choosing a major, and registration.
The workshops begin during Orientation weekend and continue through the first semester until the week after fall break. The workshop classes are "cohorted" - students will find that their peers in the workshop class are also in one of their introduction courses, and generally one or two additional classes as well. This allows for great opportunities for students to interact and form social and academic connections from their first weekend on campus.
Advice from the Fall 2015 Workshop Leaders to the Class of 2019:
· Don’t worry too much about being “ready” for your first day of college. Come with an open mind and the details will work out.
· This is a fresh start! It's time to do things you want to do, hang out with people that build you up, and learn what you want to learn. You do you!
· Be yourself, get some sleep, and have fun!
· Just say yes - Be open to everything and willing to try things you maybe never thought about. Make good choices, but don't hold yourself back from fully experiencing this time in your life! Take advantage of every opportunity.
· You don’t have to find your friend group right away. If you haven't found the right friends during orientation, don't worry, you aren't alone. Your new best friend could be anywhere. Introduce yourself!
· Don't be afraid to get lost. Even though campus is small, it happens. We all will understand if you confused a classroom with another.
· Keep calm, just call your mom...or dad...or guardian...or best friend.
· UP's community is one that's good at integrating new freshman. The people genuinely care about you at UP. People will want you to be successful and they will help you succeed socially and academically.
· Surprise yourself!