WWU prepares incoming students for freshman year

For the eighth year, William Woods
University will offer a three-week summer program, Freshman Advantage, to help
incoming WWU freshmen gain a jump-start on college.
The program, which accepts the first 72 students who apply, is
open to first-time college freshmen. It is designed to aid students in the
transition from high school to college. The program, which will be held June
11- June 29, is directed and taught by WWU faculty members. Upper-class
students serve as mentors.
“Freshman Advantage is an absolutely amazing program, and I
feel so blessed to have been a part of it,” said Katherine Wortmann, a senior from
Mexico, Mo., who served as a mentor for two summers. “Working with my peers to
help make the transition from high school to college as seamless as possible
for the incoming students was so much fun.”
Through the program, students will earn seven common studies
credit hours in courses such as math, college writing, art, film studies,
speech and psychology.
Earning credit hours during the summer is helpful for those
students focused on academics, who want to double major, who want to graduate
early or those who simply want an introduction to college course work.
Students will also have a chance to meet others from the
incoming class and bond with upper-class mentors.
Alexis Guth of Sullivan, Mo., attended Freshman Advantage
before her freshman year and has been a mentor for two summers. She said the
program offers a number of benefits for incoming students.
“On the first day of school, you already have class credits,
around 60 new friends, experience, and overall confidence,” she said. “This
will be my third year involved with Freshman Advantage and I know it will be
In addition to classes, Freshman Advantage participants will
have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as movie nights, barbeques and
weekend trips to Six Flags.
“It never felt like a ‘real’ job because we were always
laughing and having a good time,” Wortmann said. “I loved being able to plan
the afternoon and weekend activities so the students could break away from the
stress of schoolwork for a while.”
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 are:
Black of Jefferson City, Mo.
Bohlinger of Lake Elmo, Minn.
Burnett of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Carreiro of Fulton, Mo.
Delaney of St. Peters, Mo.
Guth of Sullivan, Mo.
Horn of Fort Madison, Iowa
Oestreich of Fulton, Mo.
Oseroff of Dallas, Texas
Palermo of Sante Fe, N.M.
Schaumann of Billings, Mo.
Watson of Louisiana, Mo.
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.