Freshman Advantage Prepares Incoming Students

FULTON, MO – The first year of college can be
stressful, even terrifying, but William Woods University continues to offer
students the opportunity to get acclimated during a three-week summer program,
Freshman Advantage.

The
program, scheduled for June 10 to 28, allows incoming freshman to get a jump
start on college. They
can earn up to seven general
education credits in courses such
as math, college writing,
art, film studies, speech and psychology.
 
“Freshman
Advantage has been a part of my life for the last three years
now and it’s about to be a fourth. From being a mentee to being a mentor, those
three weeks out of every summer have been
the greatest,” said Alicia Delaney, a student mentor from St.
Peters, Mo.
 
The
program, which accepts
the first 72 students who apply, is
designed to aid students in the
transition from high school to college. Now in its ninth year,
the program is directed and taught by WWU faculty members.
 
“Freshman
Advantage is rewarding,” said Taylor Oestreich, a student mentor from Fulton,
Mo.  “While earning seven credit hours, you
not only get to know the teachers and become familiar with campus, but you
establish friendships with older students, as well as incoming students, that will last a lifetime.”
 
He
added, “I choose to be a mentor every year because I love
helping incoming students with their transition
to college, as well
as learning from their
perspectives and their
experiences.”
 
Earning
credit hours during the summer is
helpful for those students focused on academics, who want to
double major, graduate early
or simply want an introduction to college course
work.
 
In addition to
classes, Freshman Advantage participants will have the
opportunity to enjoy activities such as movie nights, barbeques, and weekend trips to
such places as Six Flags.
 
“My
favorite part about Freshman Advantage is seeing the growth of the freshmen
from their first summer here to the end
of their freshman
year. They grow so much in between that time and
truly become their own
individual,” said Delaney.
 
This
year, 12 mentors are assisting the participants by tutoring, leading weekend
activities and serving as community
advisers in the residence
halls. The mentors are selected by Freshman Advantage faculty through an application
and interview process.
 
Selected
to be mentors this summer , in addition to
Delaney and Oestreich, are:
·       
Hayley
Bowler of St.
Peters, Mo.
·       
Bailey
Campanini of Camdenton, Mo.
·       
Marcelo
Carreiro of Fulton, Mo.
·       
Lindsey
Cornelius of Archie, Mo.
·       
Kassie
Davidson of Roseau, Minn.
·       
Samantha
Harris of Fredricktown, Mo.
· Jamie Lanagan of McKinney, Texas

·       
Katie
Scherder of Bowling Green, Mo.
·       
Dakota
Smith Montgomery City, Mo.
·       
Mariah
Wheaton of Independence, Mo.
 
“‘Living
the life I love and loving the life I live’ is a quote I adore. Being a part of
Freshman Advantage lets me do just that,” said
Oestreich.
 
For
more information about Freshman Advantage go to www.williamwoods.edu/FA or contact Dr. Aimee Sapp
at (573) 592-4391 or asapp@williamwoods.edu.
                                                            
CUTLINES:
Freshman
Advantage participants try the ropes course, an exercise meant to instill
teamwork and trust.
 
A
sand volleyball game creates camaraderie among Freshman
Advantage participants.
 
Students
participating in Freshman
Advantage enjoy a party on the dock of Junior Lake.