Freshman year — a time that can be fraught with anxiety, loneliness and melancholy or an experience filled with excitement, hopeful anticipation and bold steps forward. Research shows that the type of experience first-year (freshman and transfer) students have depends significantly on their first few weeks of life at a new school. It’s this knowledge that motivated the creation of several Rollins College first-year initiatives that fall under the umbrella of Rollins Explorations.
Engage and integrate: two key phrases that epitomize Rollins Explorations at Rollins College. "We're here to make sure no one gets lost in the crowd," said Executive Director for Student Succes Meghan Harte. Harte oversees a variety of programs and resources designed to fully engage first-year students in academic life while assisting them in making a successful transition on campus.
"We know that making connections is what keeps students in college," said Harte. "When students connect with a mentor or faculty member, they’re more likely to ask for help when they need it, more likely to stay here and more likely to have a positive college experience."
Learn more about the first-year experience and the Rollins College Conference, Living Learning Communities, Peer Mentoring and the Summer Reading Program.
Executive Director for Student Succes