Freshman Advantage prepares incoming William Woods students

Delanie Jones and Emily Bruns use the library computers during last summer’s Freshman Advantage.
Delanie Jones and Emily Bruns use the library computers during last summer’s Freshman Advantage.

Incoming freshman will get a jump-start on college with William Woods University’s college preparation program, Freshman Advantage, June 13-July 1. Freshman Advantage has offered students the opportunity to get adjusted to college during a three-week, on-campus program for the last 12 years.

Students can earn up to seven general education credits in courses such as math, college writing, art, film studies, speech, world religions, Deaf culture, human diseases and psychology.

Students portray a pack of crayons during last summer’s Freshman Advantage costume contest. They took first place.
Students portray a pack of crayons during last summer’s Freshman Advantage costume contest. They took first place.

Designed to aid students in the transition from high school to college, Freshman Advantage is directed and taught by WWU faculty members. Student mentors assist participants by tutoring, leading weekend activities and serving as community advisers in the residence halls. Freshman Advantage faculty select the mentors through an application and interview process.

Emily Andrews
Emily Andrews

“This is my first time being a mentor, and I’m stoked to be a part of this awesome program,” Emily Andrews of Middletown, Missouri, said. “This particular program is a great way for incoming students to get a taste of college life, helping to make the actual transition to college much easier.”

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.

Ida Jacaway
Ida Jacaway

“I feel so lucky to get to be a part of Freshman Advantage this summer,” Ida Jacaway of Columbia, Missouri, said. “It is an awesome program and it made such a positive impact on me when I was a freshman. I hope I am able to do the same for the freshmen participating in it this summer.”

Often times the experience is just as rewarding for the individuals who work to put on Freshman Advantage as it is for the incoming freshmen.

Marilee Rodgers
Marilee Rodgers

“Freshman Advantage is a great program for everyone involved,” Marilee Rodgers of Big Spring, Texas, said. “The incoming freshmen get a preview of what college is like so they know what to expect when they return in the fall. It’s also fun for the mentors because we are able to bond with the students as well as each other. We also get to better our leadership and interpersonal skills. I’ve been a mentor for three summers in a row and it truly has been one of the best experiences I’ve had.”

Serving as mentors this summer, in addition to Andrews, Jacaway and Rodgers, are:

  • Mackenzie Cork of St. Peters, Missouri
  • Stephen Merriott of St. Peters, Missouri
  • Cecilia Paquette of Clermont, Florida
  • Ashley Pendleton of Willard, Missouri
  • Kala Pinkham of Derby, Kansas
  • Matt Underwood of Wildwood, Missouri

For more information about Freshman Advantage go to www.williamwoods.edu/FA or contact Dr. Aimee Sapp at (573) 592-4391 or aimee.sapp@williamwoods.edu.