William Woods University’s college preparation program, Freshman Advantage, is celebrating its 10th year this summer. It continues to offer students the opportunity to get adjusted to college during a three-week, on-campus program.
The program, which began June 9 and runs until June 27, allows incoming freshman to get a jump-start on college. They 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 is directed and taught by WWU faculty members.
“Freshman Advantage is rewarding,” said Taylor Oestreich, a student mentor from Fulton, Mo. “While earning seven credit
hours, you not only get to know the teachers and become familiar with campus, but you establish friendships with older students, as well as incoming students, which will last a lifetime.”
He added, “I choose to be a mentor every year because I love helping incoming students with their transition to college, as well as learning from their perspectives and their experiences.”
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.
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, in addition to Oestreich, are:
- Ray Becker of Hardin, Ill.
- Hayley Bowler of St. Charles, Mo.
- Mackenzie Cork of St. Peters, Mo.
- Lindsey Cornelius of Archie, Mo.
- Samantha Harris of Fredricktown, Mo.
- Alyssa McManus of Belleville, Ill.
- Rachael Ostrem of Radcliffe, Iowa
- Marilee Rodgers of Big Spring, Texas
- Dakota Smith Montgomery City, Mo.
- Amelia Wallace of Louisiana, Mo.
- Mariah Wheaton of Independence, Mo.