First Year Experience

Your first year is an exciting time in your academic career! This is your chance to explore your academic areas of interest,engage in co-curricular activities that you find meaningful, and reflect with your SUMMIT Advisor and in your Digital Portfolio about how these experiences are shaping your sense of academic purpose.


Spring 2019


Career SUMMIT: Professional Communications, Networking 101, & Resumes
Monday January 7
1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Campbell Hall 215
Open to First-Years and Sophomores
Sponsored by the Office of Internship & Career Development



First-Year Pizza and a Major
Wednesday, January 30
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bullock Science Center
Meet with juniors and begin exploring how to intentionally integrate personally meaningful co-curricular & experiential learning with exploration of academic major/minor(s) & either a global or leadership specialization.

 

Major to Careers Alumnae Panels and Receptions
Tuesday, February 5
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bullock Science Center
Hear from Agnes Scott alumnae about the careers they've pursued and how their majors at Agnes helped them prepare for it. What were their favorite classes? What advice would they share with current students? Stay after the panels for heavy hors d'oeurves! RSVP here.

 


EXPLORE First Year Leadership Retreat

February 8-10
Off-Campus (North Georgia Mountains)
Explore is a weekend-long retreat exclusively for first-year students to unpack salient and intersecting identities, clarify values, and discover how to live and lead authentically. Space is limited so students must apply by Monday, January 28 to be considered.



ARCHE Cross-Registration & Transient Credit Information Session
Tuesday, February 26, 1:00 PM- 1:50 PM, Location: TBD
Sponsored by the Office of Academic Advising & Accessible Education & the Office of the Registrar

 

Apply for the Catalyst Leaders Program
At the end of your first year, you will have the opportunity to apply to join the Catalyst Leaders Program. This is a three-year, cohort-based leadership development program that helps students further establish their identity, develop their purpose, live honorably, and create change.
We will post more information about the application when it is available.

 

Stay Tuned for More Programming and Dates!

Past Events
Meet Your SUMMIT Advisor
Group A is A-J from 11:30-12:30
Group B is K-Z from 12:30-1:30

Courtney Burton – Campbell 215
Jessamyn Doan – Buttrick 217
Elizabeth Henry – Buttrick 221
Kai Issa – Buttrick 215
Kaitlin Jacobson – Buttrick G-25
Tanzania Nevels – Butrick 213
Mathavi Strasburger – Buttrick 211

Academic Department Fair
Friday, August 24
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Bullock Science Center

Meet Your SUMMIT Peer Advisor
Saturday, August 25
10:00 am – 11:30 am
All students and Peer Advisors will meet in the locations below for breakfast treats, and then may disperse across campus in their small groups.
Courtney Burton – Campbell 215
Jessamyn Doan – Buttrick 217
Elizabeth Henry – Buttrick 221
Kai Issa – Buttrick 215
Kaitlin Jacobson – Buttrick G-25
Tanzania Nevels – Butrick 213
Mathavi Strasburger – Buttrick 211

August Group Advising
Tuesday, August 28
3:00 – 4:00 pm
This session is the first of a semester long series of group advising sessions that provides new students with an opportunity to meet with their SUMMIT and Peer Advisors to cultivate relationships, learn and practice skills that facilitate a successful transition to the academic rigor of college, to understand how thinking about learning will increase mastery of course content and to reflect holistically on academic experiences throughout the first semester.

Courtney Burton – Campbell 215
Jessamyn Doan – Buttrick 217
Elizabeth Henry – Buttrick 221
Kai Issa – Buttrick 215
Kaitlin Jacobson – Buttrick G-25
Tanzania Nevels – Butrick 213
Mathavi Strasburger – Buttrick 211
Academic Success Resource Fair
Friday, September 7
2:00pm-4:00pm
Campbell Hall C-Hays Commons
This event, hosted by The Office of Academic Advising and Accessible Education, will be a great opportunity for students to meet representatives from various academic support resources on campus, to learn more about services that exist on campus, and to learn how to connect with resources! During the fair, SUMMIT Peer Advisers (SPAs) will also lead tours for first year students to the resources' locations on campus to give students the chance to see the spaces and hear about the SPA's experiences utilizing that academic support resource to be successful at Agnes Scott.

Sum It Up
Qualitative Analysis Group: Tuesday, September 11, 18, and 25, 5:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Lab & Health Sciences Group: Friday, September 14, 21, and 28, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Quantitative Analysis Group: Friday, September 14, 21, and 28, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A workshop series for all first-year students facilitated by teams of SUMMIT Advisors and SUMMIT Peer Advisors. We will introduce the idea of metacognition and use reflection as a tool to develop the necessary skills for academic success. Students are assigned to groups based on their academic interests, and information about the weekly agendas and which groups meet when can be found below. Check COMPASS to confirm which group you’ve been assigned and for specific meeting locations. If you’re unsure of where you’re supposed to be, contact your SUMMIT Advisor!
Weekly Topics:
Week 1: Making Academic Support Resources a Part of Your Study Plan:
Week 2: Studying and Learning to Learn
Week 3: What to do When Stuck - Prioritizing and Allocating Your Time

How Not to Procrastinate in Writing Papers
October 15th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Buttrick 204
Presenters: Claire Romine and Anna Sturgill
We will be discussing the Dos and Don'ts of writing college papers, which includes:
- tips to avoid procrastination
- resources to use and how to use them (CWS, Office Hours, and the library)
- different methods to outline and write papers.

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How to Balance Your Life in College
October 15th from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Campbell 228
Presenters: Jess Costero and Lizzy Engsberg
Balancing classwork, clubs, sports, work, and a social life can be extremely difficult here at Agnes, so we wanted to share our experiences, tips, and tricks about how to find balance in college. If you've been struggling to finish everything you have to do or find time just to relax, or you just want to chill and have some free food, join us at 5:00pm on October 15th!

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Post-Midterm Action Planning
October 22nd from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Buttrick 209
Presenters: Camryn Smith and Claire Moore
The peer advisors will co-lead a discussion on how the semester is progressing and different resources/strategies they can utilize (tutoring, office hours, etc. + what we do). We specifically plan to engage in activities and strategies to ensure participants will make their own action plan to put in their planner or hang somewhere in their room.
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Post-Midterm Action Planning
October 24th from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Campbell 228
Presenters: Alaina Bandanza and Sylvia Marshall
A workshop discussing how to evaluate midterm grades and performance in a course, and how to enact strategies and action plans to maintain or regain academic success.
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Balance: A Unicorn
October 29th from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Lower Evans A
Presenters: Cindy Aguilera-Navarro and Sigal Kahn
Realizing that finding balance truly is a unicorn and you seem to be getting lost in search of it? Look no further—we will help you find it! Join us for a magical dinner, a mystical dessert, and artsy bullet journal inspo to help you create a routine and stick to it.

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How to Find Your Academic Purpose and Plan for It
November 5th from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Alston 206
Presenters: Faith Rashidi and Olivia Ancrum
The peer advisors will work with participants to help them want to work with them to combine their “life visions” with their school goals. We plan to sit down with them and write what matters to them, their interests, and where they see themselves in 10 years. This will act as an icebreaker. Then, we will connect it to making concrete goals and using your “mind maps” as inspiration for academic planning. We will go over degree audit and how to map out major/minor requirements and credits. We want to emphasize that it is important to have visions and use those images to make concrete goals. This is crucial in finding your purpose.
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Exploring Pre-Professional Options
November 8th from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Buttrick 219
Presenters: Gabi Chebli and Sophia Elzie
We will primarily discuss grad school, medical and veterinary school, and law school as possibilities for post Agnes plans. We will connect students with the relevant people on campus and bring in a guest to share their experience.

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October and November Group Advising
See COMPASS for specific dates, times, and locations based on your SUMMIT Advisor

How Mental Health Affects Your Grades: First Aid Kit for Stress and Tips on Self-Care
November 14th from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Buttrick G-25
Presenters: Laura Millan Buendia and Carol Thomas
Led by the peer advisors, this presentation will share tools one can utilize in order to better manage anxiety, depression and panic attacks in college. Not only will we share skills one can use when they are stressed in the moment, we will provide suggestions for regular activities and habits one can practice in order to feel less stressed overall. Students will draw from personal experience and will discuss time management skills and study habits that decrease the likelihood of feeling burned out.

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How Mental Health Affects Your Grades: First Aid Kit for Stress and Tips on Self-Care
November 15th from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Buttrick G-25
Presenters: Sydney Popsuj and Lydia Mathis
This session will aim to distinguish good stress and bad stress as well as to discuss how mental health affects your academic well-being. We hope to discuss CAPs, how to avoid getting burned out, and effective strategies to manage both success and failure.
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How to Find Your Academic Purpose and Plan for It
November 16th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Buttrick 204
Presenters: Alex Lombardo and Avalon Bonlie
Our theme of Finding Purpose & Academic Planning is to help the first-years better establish their social and academic schedule via preparation and future planning. It is immensely beneficial to establish "relationship goals" in and out of the classroom as well as academic/career goals, but finding that happy medium is difficult - that's where Alex and Avalon can help guide students tackle that gray area of college.

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How to Prepare for Summer 2019
November 26th from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Buttrick G-4
Presenters: Angelica Martini and Emma Shaw
The session aims to provide students with guidance on how to have a meaningful summer following their first year in college. The presenters will discuss different avenues of "meaningful" and provide the resources to begin the process.

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How to Prepare for Summer 2019
November 30th from 12:00pm-1:00pm
Luchsingers Lounge
Presenters: Leah Trotman and Quynh Nguyen
The session aims to provide students with guidance on how to have a meaningful summer following their first year in college. The presenters will discuss different avenues of "meaningful" and provide the resources to begin the process.

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Chill Out!  December Advising Celebration
December 7th, 2018 from 2:00pm-4:00pm 
Campbell Atrium (Ground Floor)
To celebrate the successful completion of your first semester of college, join us for Chill Out!: December Advising Celebration, hosted by the SUMMIT Peer Advisors.  Come de-stress before exams, and enjoy hot cocoa, refreshments and raffle prizes!

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