"The Writing Center staff was really helpful and I have been back many times since"
The YearOne class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, leadership development, social responsibility and life skills awareness and application. YearOne is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build friendships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
YearOne will have a core curriculum of transitional topics such as: balancing social and academic demands and pressures; adjusting to living away from home while transitioning to being on one's own; and developing and/or discovering one's likes, interests, and preferences.
YearOne is an integral, required, and non-credit-bearing component of RIT's first-year students experience. Similar courses implemented at other colleges and universities, coupled with intentional programmatic efforts have demonstrated success in helping first-year students make a smooth transition to college, feel connected to the institution and feel supported in their curricular and co-curricular endeavors.
YearOne will also include a "coaching" component that enables students to meet individually with their instructor to discuss a variety of transition issues including academic and personal success, social involvement and connection to the community, and resources and services at RIT. Students are expected to attend one half hour meeting with their instructor over the course of the first term.
YearOne Peer Advisors are all current RIT students who are actively engaged in campus and academic life on campus, and understand both the excitement and the trepidation that comes with the college transition. Peer Advisors are an integral part of the course and are carefully chosen; they are successful and personable undergraduates and are highly motivated to help first-year students to: