WWU’s Freshman Advantage Prepares Incoming Students

Mary Whitley does homework for General Psychology II last year.
Mary Whitley does homework for General Psychology II last year.

Incoming freshman will get a jump-start on college with William Woods University’s college preparation program, Freshman Advantage, June 7-26. Freshman Advantage has offered students the opportunity to get adjusted to college during a three-week, on-campus program for the last 11 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.

Designed to aid students in the transition from high school to college, Freshman Advantage

Stephanie Clawson studies for her Introduction to Film Studies class last year. Students can earn up to seven general education credits during Freshman Advantage.
Stephanie Clawson studies for her Introduction to Film Studies class last year. Students can earn up to seven general education credits during Freshman Advantage.

is directed and taught by WWU faculty members.

“The students get a great understanding of campus and what classes will be like,”

said Alyssa McManus, a student mentor from Belleville, Illinois. “They also meet a lot of great people who will be on campus with them in the fall, including the mentors, the professors and the students themselves.”

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.

Freshman Advantage participants also complete training on the low ropes course at Scattering Forks. The training promotes teamwork, trust and leadership. (photo at top of story)

Haley Hirschhorn makes her way under the limbo bar
Haley Hirschhorn makes her way under the limbo bar

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.

“The students also get to have a lot of fun during the three weeks,” McManus said. “We have many activities that we do together and are always enjoyed by all.”

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

“It’s really cool to become friends with them in just a short time,” said McManus.

This year, 11 mentors are assisting 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.

Selected as mentors this year are, left to right, (back row) Samantha Harris, Grace Gratton, Caroline Schafer, Kimberly Dreher, Veronica Jones, Hallie Peters, (front row) Stephen Merriott, Alyssa McManus, Matt Underwood, Marilee Rodgers, Mackenzie Cork and Dakota Smith. However, Jones will not be able to be a mentor because of an internship.
Selected as mentors this year are, left to right, (back row) Samantha Harris, Grace Gratton, Caroline Schafer, Kimberly Dreher, Veronica Jones, Hallie Peters, (front row) Stephen Merriott, Alyssa McManus, Matt Underwood, Marilee Rodgers, Mackenzie Cork and Dakota Smith. However, Jones will not be able to be a mentor because of an internship.

Serving as mentors this summer, in addition to McManus, are:

  • Mackenzie Cork of St. Peters, Missouri
  • Kimberly Dreher of Columbia, Missouri
  • Grace Gratton of Springfield, Missouri
  • Samantha Harris of Fredricktown, Missouri
  • Stephen Merriott of St. Peters, Missouri
  • Hallie Peters of St. Robert, Missouri
  • Marilee Rodgers of Big Spring, Texas
  • Caroline Schafer of Martinsburg, Missouri
  • Dakota Smith Montgomery City, Missouri
  • 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.