New Bryan students will get a helping hand as they transition from their lives as high school to college students, but it will take some effort on their part.
Lorraine Doran, who directs the College Success Seminar, explained that the new course also will kick off a four-year program, The Bryan Journey, designed to ensure students have all the resources they need to succeed at Bryan and later in life.
The College Success Seminar will be a one-hour course required of students new to the college, with attendance taken and grades given. There even will be a project required at the end of the semester.
“The class will address topics such as how to study, social skills, money and time management, and dealing with stress, as well as answer questions like ‘who do I talk to about this?’” Mrs. Doran said. “We’re trying to build skills that any college student needs, but tying them closely to the Bryan experience. Our motto, which summarizes our hopes for students throughout their college career, is ‘Learn. Grow. Succeed.’”
Every week, new students will meet in Rudd Auditorium to hear a presentation about a particular topic for about 15 minutes, then break into small groups led by upperclassmen to discuss the concept in depth.
“We have planned the course to address topics that should be timely when they come up,” she said. “For example, we’ll be talking about test-taking skills just before midterms, and social skills toward the end of the semester when the ‘new’ has worn off the idea of having a roommate.” Speakers generally will be teachers from different academic departments or representatives of various offices students will deal with throughout their college years.
“This type of program has been an identified need for a number of years,” she said. “This past year we surveyed alumni, trustees, student leaders and others to determine the importance of various topics that could be included. Faculty suggested components for the course, and a committee drafted the class outline from this input.”