The First-Year Experience (FYE) at Wesleyan College is designed to assist first-year students in the transition from high school to college and help students have a successful first-year of college. In collaboration with the Academic Resource Center, first-year students will have access to academic success resources including workshops, tutoring and mentorship, so all students will receive a student-centered academically challenging and relevant liberal arts education.
The First-Year Experience (FYE) goal at Wesleyan College is to motivate and inspire first year students to reach their full academic potential while transitioning and enjoying the college experience. Students will get connected to all the services available to them on campus, in addition to social programming and peer mentoring to support student success.
I aspire to motivate and encourage students to reach their full potential while enjoying the college experience. My life's mission is to impact all students to achieve post-secondary success.
“Education is an excellent way of moving beyond trauma to a place of agency, confidence, control, community, care, activism, and contribution.” –Cathy Davidson
The foundation of a Wesleyan education, WISe 101 is an interdisciplinary seminar that introduces First-Year students to academic life at Wesleyan and helps them to develop speaking and listening skills that create understanding across differences. The course models Wesleyan’s diverse and challenging academic community and helps students make the transition to Wesleyan’s participation-intensive, seminar-style classes, where all voices and perspectives become part of the learning experience.
A Wesleyan education prepares students to communicate their truths bravely and become agents of change in both local and global contexts. In WISe 101, students learn from faculty and from each other—exploring divergent perspectives, deepening meaningful discussions, and working together to develop critical thinking skills. WISe 101 learning outcomes help students to:
We also understand that students today are coming to college against a backdrop of multiple societal stressors and personal traumas, so we put a premium on self-care. Along with critical thinking and communication skills, WISe 101 teaches cognitive empathy and mindfulness tactics that help students to self-evaluate, decompress, and face the challenges of the current moment.
The current generation faces many challenges that will require strong evidence-based reasoning skills to adapt to new situations and work collaboratively for change. For over a decade, we’ve partnered with the Interactivity Foundation and have used their facilitated discussion methods—the same methods that leaders in business, education, and government use to address complex and ongoing real-world problems, such as education reform and the climate crisis. Each week, students meet in small groups and facilitate their own class discussions on topics such as racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, gender equity, climate change, and the purpose of a liberal arts education. In this flipped-classroom model, our faculty serve as coaches who help students develop speaking and listening skills as discussion participants, and planning and facilitation skills as discussion leaders. Through these weekly student-led discussions, students create close bonds as they get to know each other as thinkers, and strong communication skills that will help them to become active and engaged learners throughout their college careers.
For more information, please contact Dr. Melanie Doherty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All new first-year students will participate in a lab that focuses on transitioning to college. The lab challenges students to assess their current skills and provides information on developing and refining college success skills.
First-Year Experience Awards Ceremony
April 21, 2021 at 1:30pm
View pictures from this First Annual Event.
Cady Elizabeth Leach
An event to celebrate the success of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on Wesleyan’s campus. First Generation students are graduates who are the first in their family to attend college and who enrolled at (or graduated from) a four year college or university.
Here are a few quotes from Wesleyan faculty and staff:
"Being a first generation college student gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment."- Kristi Peavy, BS, Georgia Southwestern State Univiersity; MS, Valdosta State University
"Being a First Generation College student meant a way to make my mother proud. She worked 3 jobs to give me the tools I'd needed to (in her words) 'do things better' than she did. I appreciated the opportunity to make her proud and to prove to the rest of my family that education matters."
- Dr. Virginia B. Wilcox '90,
Auburn University 1993 and 2005
"Being a first generation college student means that I have the strength to face challenges. Those first few years in college, than later in graduate school, provided me with a lot of practice in navigating new situations, which absolutely carried over into other areas of my life. Looking back, I know that every problem that I was able to work through become my motivation to keep going."- Dr. Brooke Bennett-Day
BS, Valdosta State University; MS, Florida State University; PhD, Florida State University
Ken Blair began his career at Mercer University in 2014 as an associate director in the Office of Student Financial Planning. He joined Mercer’s student affairs department in 2017, serving as an educational specialist, academic coordinator, and advisor for the University’s TRiO programs. TRiO Programs consist of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students, especially first year students, in their pursuit of a college degree.
Blair also served as a UNV 101 instructor for first-year students at Mercer and as a co-advisor for the Minority Mentor program for first generation students, Mercer's National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the campus organization W.O.M.E.N. campus organizations. He’s also a Golden Key Honor Society member and served on the Student Affairs Assessment Committee. For the past two years, Blair was nominated for the Outstanding UNV 101 Instructor of the Year Award. He was recognized as one of Mercer University's faculty/staff spotlights in 2019. Ken earned his bachelor of applied science in organizational leadership and a minor in education from Mercer University and his Master’s in Business Administration degree from Brenau University.
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