WWU Offers Summer Program to Give Students a Head Start on College

William Woods University will again offer Freshman Advantage (FA), a summer program for students who want to get a jump start on college.

The three-week program will run July 7-25 on the WWU campus.

Freshman Advantage is open to first-time college freshmen. It is designed to aid students in the transition from high school to college. This year will mark the fifth year of the program, which is directed and taught by WWU faculty members.

Through the program, students will earn seven common studies credit hours. This is helpful for those students focused on academics, who want to double major, who want to graduate early or simply those who want an introduction to college course work.

During Freshman Advantage, students will also build friendships with incoming classmates, bond with upper-class mentors, connect with members of the faculty and staff and learn their way around the campus and the community.

“Freshman Advantage was a great experience,” said Emily Teepe, a sophomore from Nevada, Mo. “Having the opportunity to meet fellow classmates and professors, earn summer credits and live on campus, made the transition to college smooth. I would encourage all freshmen to participate.”

Ashley Davis, a junior from New Franklin, Mo., credits the program with preparing her for college life.

“FA really made things easier for me once we started classes in the fall. It provided me with the comfort of already knowing some of my classmates and part of the faculty. It also helped me orient myself with the campus and the town of Fulton. I sincerely enjoyed FA and the educational tools it provided. It made me feel prepared for my freshman year of college.”

Erin O’Fallon, a junior from Montgomery City, Mo., gained so much from FA as a freshman that this year she is participating as an upper-class mentor.

“Freshman Advantage was beneficial to me because I got used to being away from home and it also helped me learn where all the buildings on campus were. My experience at Freshman Advantage inspired me to become a mentor because I want to be able to help the incoming freshman like my mentors helped me.”

This summer, FA participants will have the opportunity to enjoy many fun activities including movie nights, barbeques and weekend trips to Six Flags and the Lake of the Ozarks.

Mentors this summer are:
• Amanda Herriman of Eldon, Mo.
• Jenny Stracke of Lebanon, Ill.
• Tony Weed of Belton, Mo.
• Kristina Richards of Dexter, Maine
• Beth Outz of Holts Summit, Mo.
• Riley Bagwell of Eldridge, Mo.
• Tara Boehl of Washington, Ill.
• Erin O’Fallon of Montgomery City, Mo.
• Heather Gastler of Wellsville, Mo.
• Chelsea Loethen of Meta, Mo.

For more information or to obtain an application for Freshman Advantage, contact Dr. Aimee Sapp at (573) 592-4391 or asapp@williamwoods.edu.