The Hobart and William Smith Dean’s Offices and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will host a one-hour event to help first-year students meet their academic goals for the spring semester. The Design Your Spring event will take place on Friday, Feb. 1 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room.
“Our goal in planning this event with our colleagues Ingrid Keenan and Ruth Shields has been to demonstrate the vast structure of support at the Colleges. The ‘design’ strategies that we hope to impart are stressed in individual meetings between the Deans and students, and in individual mentoring sessions occurring throughout the semester,” says William Smith Assistant Dean Kelly Payne who offers the remarks in conjunction with Hobart Assistant Dean Joseph Mink. “These group sessions will allow students to design a more comprehensive plan for developing the academic skills and study habits necessary for success throughout their time at HWS.”
Deans, staff and student leaders who work as study mentors and writing fellows will lead group sessions geared at helping first-year students think about how to manage their spring semester. Participants will select from a variety of sessions including big picture planning, mapping out a month of activities and assignments, reading and note-taking strategies, and making time for the writing process.
“We want to encourage first-year students to meet other students and learn from their shared experiences,” says Payne. “The writer Glennon Doyle recently said that, ‘the most revolutionary thing we can do is just introduce people to each other.’ I believe relationships change the way we learn.”
In designing their spring, organizers hope that students will actively work with staff, faculty and their peers to cultivate relationships. Planning time for office hours, attending mentoring sessions, going to speakers and workshops, can help students fulfill their learning goals.
The Design Your Spring event is open to all first-year students; pizza and soft drinks will be provided, and there will be giveaways for the first 25 students to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a broad range of academic support for students, including appointments with Study Mentors and Writing Fellows.
Ingrid Keenan is CTL Assistant Director and Ruth Shields is CTL Associate Director.