Excitement is building as high school juniors
begin to take steps to finalize their plans for college next fall
semester. If the newbies coming to the UTC campus may be feeling
a little uneasy about starting their college career, their Freshman
Seminar class will introduce them to opportunities they may not
have discovered on their own.
"I like to take my freshman seminar class on the campus CARTA
shuttle to familiarize them with the stops, and let them see how
easy it is to use this service. Something so simple can really increase
the comfort level of a new student," according to Chuck Cantrell,
UTC Assistant Vice Chancellor of University Relations.
Pondering a full load of college classes for the first time can
be somewhat overwhelming, and Dr. Ron Bohrer, who oversees Freshman
Seminar says the UTC staff instructors will help students learn
how to take a different approach in their studies.
"It takes an adjustment to read different texts, for instance
a novel vs. a physics book. Instructors also cover the best ways
to take notes and study for tests. The instructor will serve as
a mentor and confidant who will build a community of learners who
want to continue to learn at the conclusion of the course,"
Bohrer said. Bohrer says another hot discussion topic in Freshman
Seminar is money management.
"More and more people are involved in debt. Although the University
does not allow credit card companies to do mass mailings on campus,
the students are aware of the offers, and the temptation to overspend
is there," Bohrer said.
To fight the "freshman fifteen," a weight gain many students
away from home for the first time experience, instructors encourage
physical education. "If theres a staircase, they should
use it!," Bohrer laughs.
Students are required to attend several campus events such as theatre
productions, music recitals and athletics events, and then write
a report about the experience. One of the nicest social outlets
of this class is reflected in relationships forged among students,
which often leads to long-lasting friendships, according to Bohrer.
He knows of two students from a freshman seminar class who became
friends and later married.
The start of Fall semester, 2003 is not so far away, and even closer
is February 1, 2003, the priority deadline for scholarships for
all first time freshman at UTC. Students must have their admissions
application file completed, including high school transcript, ACT/SAT
scores, UTC admissions application and $25 application fee. Visit
page for more information.