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Published on July 3rd, 2014 | by editor


Upcoming “Be FIRST” Workshop to Help First-Year Students Succeed in College

students readingWhat are the secrets to college success? First-year students can effectively prepare for the college experience by attending “Be FIRST in College,” a free workshop being offered at Wright College on Monday, August 18.  The workshop will provide students with tips for improving study skills as well as the opportunity to participate in “sample” classes, meet other new students, and more!

Through “Be FIRST,” students will get a chance to participate in two abbreviated 45-minute classes, where they will be introduced to the pace of college classes and some of the essential elements of the academic subjects taught.  After the classes, students will work together on practice assignments given to them by the professors whose classes they attended.  The event is completely free and refreshments will be provided.

Claire Boeck, a tutor in Wright College’s Writing Center, is overseeing the program, which aligns with Wright College’s and City College’s commitment to fostering success as part of students’ First Year Experiences (FYE). “Building friendships, forming study groups, figuring out how much time to budget for homework, and acclimating to the atmosphere of a college classroom are all things students can do before the semester starts by attending ‘Be FIRST,’” Claire says. “Succeeding in college is easier with friends and study partners for help and support.  If students are nervous about their first day of college, this is a great opportunity to eliminate those first-day jitters.”

Students have the choice of attending one of two sessions on August 18: 9am-12:30pm OR 1-4:30pm and may register by August 16 by clicking here.

Students won’t want to miss this opportunity to start their college experience off “Wright!” – and learn ways to succeed in the first year and beyond!

Please share this information with students!

A Q&A with Claire Boeck, “Be FIRST in College” Program Coordinator

What is “Be FIRST”?

“Be FIRST in College” is a free workshop designed to help students experience a college classroom for the first time and meet fellow students, so that they start their first semester of college feeling prepared, comfortable, and connected – to other students, to student resources and to the Wright College community.  “FIRST” stands for “Focused Individuals Ready to Start Today” because that is what the graduates of “Be FIRST” in College will be. 

Who should participate in “Be FIRST”?

Incoming students who want to feel as prepared as possible on their first day of college and who want to be ready to hit the ground running for a successful college experience.

I’m registered at another City Colleges school – can I attend “Be FIRST” at Wright?

Yes! All City Colleges students are welcome to attend “Be FIRST” and will find beneficial information in the workshop.

I haven’t registered for classes yet – can I still attend “Be FIRST”?

Yes; “Be FIRST” is open to all registered students or anyone interested in registering and who wants to better understand what the college experience will be.

Is “Be FIRST” open to Adult Education students (ESL or GED)?

Yes; “Be FIRST” is open to all students who want a better understanding of the classroom and/or college experience.

What will I learn at “Be FIRST”?

At “Be FIRST” you will experience the pace, intensity, subjects, and structures you can encounter in college classes. You will also learn roughly how much homework is assigned so you can better estimate how much time to budget for schoolwork during the regular semester.

How is “Be FIRST” different from New Student Orientation?

“Be FIRST” actually puts you in a classroom and provides a preview of the subjects you will take in college. New Student Orientation is a detailed overview of college procedures and resources, not a firsthand classroom experience.

What classes can I sample?

You may choose two of the following classes: Sociology, Biology, Economics, and Humanities.

What will the assignments be like?

That is up to the instructor. The purpose of the assignments is to help students understand how much time to budget for schoolwork. Also, since students will be encouraged to work on the assignments together, participants will have the opportunity to meet other students and form potential study groups for the future.

I can’t attend “Be FIRST” – are there other ways I can prepare for my first year in college?

Extended Orientation, available through Blackboard, also highlights college resources. You may also register for the College Success Course.

Do you have any other suggestions for succeeding in college?

Attend “Be FIRST,” budget your time wisely, and always be confident in your ability to succeed!

Please contact Claire Boeck with any questions!

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