WWU Gives Freshmen an Advantage

Incoming freshmen will have the chance to get their college careers off to a good start at William Woods University through enrollment in Freshman Advantage during July.

Freshman Advantage is a three-week summer program designed for incoming university freshmen. Eight WWU faculty/staff and five student mentors will work with the students.

The program is designed to help freshmen improve writing and mathematic skills, earn a higher grade point average and, most importantly, adjust to college life and reduce freshman anxiety.

The students will all take a course called WWU 101 Connections. In addition, they will select two of the following courses—Intro to Math, Basic Algebra, Intro to College Writing, Intro to Public Speaking or Intro to Art.

“It is not uncommon, even at a campus as welcoming as William Woods University, for first-time college students to feel apprehensive,” says Aimee Sapp, assistant professor of communication arts and director of Freshman Advantage.

“Freshman Advantage is designed to alleviate some of that apprehension. By the end of the three-week program, the students will not only have earned seven hours of college credit, but they will also be very familiar with the campus and have made many new friends that will be in their classes in the fall. Freshman Advantage classes are kept very small, increasing the comfort level for students.”

July 5-23 will mark the first-ever session for Freshman Advantage, and 16 students are enrolled. Their comfort is a goal everyone involved hopes to accomplish.

“I hope that through participating, the students all start their college career off in perfect comfort. I hope that as a result of this experience they will more easily accomplish their academic goals because they had a smooth transition experience from high school to college,” Sapp continued.

“I offered to direct the program because I hate to see college freshmen get frustrated and discouraged. Much like most of the William Woods University faculty, I want to do whatever I can to help them.”

Betsy Tutt, WWU vice president, also has high expectations for this program and hopes to see it continue on in following years.

“We hope to make this an annual opportunity for students coming to William Woods as freshmen and possibly for rising high school seniors.”

Students will stay in Serena Residence Hall with student mentors, and meals will be provided in Tucker Dining Hall. Recreational events are planned each day, including an off-campus trip to Six Flags on one of the Saturdays.

For more information on Freshman Advantage, contact Tutt at (573) 592-4354.