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The First Year Experience Program

The First Year Experience Program

The First Year Experience Program

The First Year Experience Program is made up of several components that help to introduce students to the campus. They begin the moment a student steps into Orientation. The different components of the program are:

  1. The Orientation Session: Your Orientation Session is the beginning of your preparation time for your life on this campus. A collection of experts has built a program to help introduce you to the processes and resources that you'll need to thrive and succeed here on campus. This is an important first step in your transition to College life.
  2. The First Year Experience Course - FYES 1001: The First Year Experience Seminar course will pair you with an instructor and a classroom full of students like you who, like you, are tackling the new experience of the 21st Century College Campus. We will work with you to develop meaningful academic skills and introduce you to crucial campus resources, help develop your understanding of different disciplines and professions, and help you make the best academic and professional decisions for your talents and interests. We also provide development of important intellectual abilities and strategies to survive the academic workload of the modern college student.
  3. Campus Resources: Middle Georgia State University is full of multiple resources to help its students become the people, academics,and professionals that they want to be. We have many services to help students study better, learn more, and stay healthy while they are here with us. These services work in tandem with the First Year Experience Program to ensure that our students stay at their happiest, healthiest, and best prepared for the challenges of college life.
  4. Academic Support: Middle Georgia State University provides ample Academic Support for its students free of charge! We work with Tutoring Services, Counseling Services, the Office of Disability Services, and all of the other services on campus. The program works with these resources to ensure that students have everything that they need to use their considerable intelligence to learn more and become the professionals that they want to be.
  5. Student Life: Our Student Life organizations range in focus from professional clubs like the Nursing club (MGSCANS) and pre-law club, to clubs that focus on public service and public health. Our active student life office works with the FYE program to ensure that students have access to the other students, faculty, community groups, and professional associations to connect them with the people whom they need to meet and fun activities for their leisure time. The program offers everything from athletics to arts, activities for young adults, and for families, as well as for returning and military college students.
The FYES 1001 Course

The FYES 1001 Course

FYES 1001 - The First Year Experience Seminar: The goal of the course is to facilitate the student's transition to College life by developing skills to meet the challenges of higher education, fostering self-awareness and understanding of others, making available a wide variety of services, and developing a community of life-long learners.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of campus resources, their locations and the services offered and will participate in campus events, and activities.
  2. Students will also demonstrate the ability to determine the extent of information needed for assignments and access, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically.
  3. Students will be able to describe their understanding of how the acquisition of an education program rooted in the liberal arts impacts their academic, professional, ethical, social and holistic life's decisions. Students will also, with the assistance of appropriate campus professionals.
  4. Students will develop a set of personal, academic and professional goals and will develop a plan to meet those goals.

Students will often cover material like:

  1. Explanation of the Liberal Arts education
  2. Information Literacy and Library Research
  3. Goal Setting
  4. Time Management
  5. Strategic Learning and Studying
  6. Test-taking Skills and Strategies
  7. Strategically negotiating Academics
  8. Research and Writing preparation
  9. Social Intelligence and Civility
  10. Diversity
  11. Educational Planning and Advising
  12. Paths to Professions
  13. Financial Literacy
  14. Health and Wellness
The Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar is a necessary component of any student's immediate goal planning. . It will tell students when classes start, when the period begins and ends in which students can add or drop classes, when a class session ends, the withdrawal date (the last day to withdraw from classes), the end of the semester, finals week, and the final exam schedule. Students need to pay close attention to all of these dates as they can directly affect their semester, their GPA, and their academic future. Students should keep the link for this calendar close and know these dates.

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Important Dates and Information

  • Current Final Exam Schedule
  • Spring 2014 Academic & Business Calendar
  • Summer 2014 Academic & Business Calendars
  • Fall 2014 Academic & Business Calendars

The link to the academic calendars is:
www.mga.edu/academics/calendars/default.aspx

The Student Success Center

The Student Success Center

The Student Success Center, (formerly known as the Academic Resource Center, or ARC) is a student's best stop for help in ANY subject. If students are starting to struggle in a class, or are confused by a homework, essay, or presentation assignment, they'll find help here. The Center has a number of workshops, videos, tutoring sessions, and tutoring centers to help you with whatever students might be struggling to do well. Many of the tutors have been through the very same class that the student needs help with, and can advise how best to study the material.

It is very important to come and make an appointment as soon as students think about it. The earlier a tutor begins to work with students, the better in their classes they'll do. In order to find more information, go to their link at:
www.mga.edu/student-success-center/

The Library

The Library is a student's best stop for more information on topics in their classes, for research for papers or presentations, and a good resource center for all of the information students might need while they are on campus. The First Year Experience program and Seminar course often bring students to the Library for instructional sessions. All of the amazing services and databases for the Library can be found at this link:
www.mga.edu/library/

In the 21st Century, the library is often overlooked for "easier" websites in order to find information: Wikipedia, Google, Ask.com, etc. While these sites can be easy, the information you get isn't always accurate, and is often biased based on who is funding the site. College-level work requires good, current, and accurate information, and our library has gone to great lengths to gather it and make it easily available for you.

Advising

The Advising process connects students with all of their academic planning needs. This will help students decide which courses to take, when to register, when to take which courses and in which order, how to get to graduation, and when to apply for graduation. A student’s advisor can also answer questions about required courses, which professors work best with which learning styles, which classes students might take over a Summer session, and how to balance a student schedule with work and home life. To find an advisor, students should go to:
www.mga.edu/advising/Advisors.aspx

For more general information on advising, go to:
www.mga.edu/advising/

To find your degree plan, go to:
www.mga.edu/advising/degree-plans.aspx

Counseling Services Center

The College understands that real life is complicated, and that adding college-level study to an already full life can be even more complicated. If students find themselves overwhelmed by their studies, have something bad happen to a loved one, have relationship trouble that they can’t think their way out of, or just need some help with stress management, the counseling center can really help them. The Counseling Services contact information is available at:
www.mga.edu/counseling-services/

Disability Services

Not everyone learns at the same rate or the same way. Sometimes, though, students have difficulties that go beyond the abilities of an instructor or a tutor to work around and may need a sound recorder in the classroom, some extra time to read assignments or take exams, or some additional assistance based on a medical condition. If a student suspects that he or she may have a difficulty that could benefit from some additional accommodations, the student should contact the Office of Disability Services to have an evaluation and see if these arrangements can be made.
www.mga.edu/disability-services/

Career Services

The mission of the Career Services Center is to provide resources and guidance to help students develop effective job search skills. We assist students and alumni seeking work or experiential learning opportunities and employers who want to hire them. We also provide self-assessments, information about careers in specific fields, guidance on developing résumés, job search skills and strategies, assistance with locating internships and jobs, mock interviews, online networking and social media tools, information on career fairs, and access to local employers.

Financial Aid

One of the quickest ways to ease your way through life as a student is to begin to understand the way that Financial Aid works. The Financial Aid office is here to help all students with their financial needs as a student. There are thousands of students who need their assistance, however. Students who need Financial Aid assistance should plan to visit the office during the semester, before matters grow pressing and there are dozens of students lined up to talk with a financial aid representative. The best times are mid-Summer and mid-semester. Right before the semester begins is too busy, and often too late to fix any problems.

Please visit http://ask.mga.edu for answers to frequently asked questions and assistance from customer service representatives that are able to coordinate any additional assistance you require with the financial aid office.

For more information on Financial Aid, please see their website at www.mga.edu/financial-aid.

Student Life

Our Student Life office provides numerous events to help students relax and enjoy their time here at Middle Georgia State University. An important part of connecting to other students and to the campus is the Student Life offerings of the campus. This is not just the sports, cheer, and social portion of the campus. These can be very enriching activities, but are joined in Student Life with student clubs that help with student's careers, with making friends with students from other countries, with sharing interests like scuba diving and games, or helping with careers as diverse as Nursing and Law.

For a calendar of Student Life events, go to:
calendar.activedatax.com/mga/CalendarNOW.aspx?fromdate=3/25/2014&todate=4/7/2014&more=1/1/0001

What it is to be a Knight

The Middle Georgia College mascot is the Knight. Historically, knights are brave, adventurous, noble, loyal, and educated. Many are very strong, others are very intelligent and adept at new technologies. Many are greatly committed to making the world a better place.

Middle Georgia College students are no different, and they work very hard to reach their goals. We also know that while you are being brave, adventurous, and noble, you sometimes need more information to proceed. The College website has many resources to help students thrive, and they have all been collected into one place. Our goal is to help you reach yours. If you need anything, feel free to call that office and let them know what you need. We have many people ready to answer questions, find out information, and make sure that you have what you need to thrive in college, graduate, and begin your life.

For more information, please see our "Current Students" link at:
www.mga.edu/current/default.aspx

 

The First Year Experience (FYE) Program at Middle Georgia State University is designed to help students get ready for the steady demands of college life. The goals of the program are to facilitate the student's transition to College life by developing skills to meet the challenges of higher education and fostering self-awareness and understanding of others. We are also dedicated to making available a wide variety of services and developing a community of life-long learners.

Your FYE program is meant to help you learn to study hard, find your way around campus, find friends, develop your interests, hone your academic and professional skills, and prepare you to become the smart, capable and interesting person that you want to become. The program provides important information about the kind of education that you'll receive at the college, how to find and use resources at the college, and how to find and use information in the digital age. We also help students set immediate academic and long-term personal and professional goals, help students find connections, direction, and professional associations, and help them build rich intellectual, social, and professional lives.

The objectives of this Program are:

  • To connect students with other students - i.e., to facilitate student formation of peer-support networks and peer-learning communities;
  • To connect students with Middle Georgia State University - i.e., to foster student appreciation of the meaning and relevance of the college curriculum (liberal arts & sciences), to promote student involvement in the co-curriculum (out-of-class experiential learning), and to increase student utilization of campus support services (academic-support and student development services); and
  • To connect students' present college experience with their future goals/plans - i.e., to enable students to integrate their current curricular and co-curricular experiences with their decisions about their college major and their future career path.

For more information for current students, go to: www.mga.edu/current/default.aspx.




  LAST MODIFIED: 7/24/2017