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First-Year Transition

Enhancing the academic integration of first-year students.

The Emmanuel College community is here to help our newest undergraduates make a smooth transition to life as students at Emmanuel.

This fall, all first-year students are encouraged to take part in the Surviving First Year Team Challenge. The Team Challenge (#TCatEC) is a semester-long competition that aims to engage and support students academically, socially and culturally.

Each week, students who complete the most challenges win prizes. Challenges include things like attending campus events, making an appointment at the ARC or with an advisor, and even taking advantage of the many opportunities living in Boston has to offer. By taking part in the Team Challenge, students can learn more about campus resources, connect with their professors, make new friends, build a support network, and win cool prizes!

The goal of this program is to increase student success by enhancing the integration of first-year students into the Emmanuel community. Supporting this goal are the following objectives:

  • Familiarizing students with college-level work, academic expectations, and strategies key to academic success
  • Providing each student with a connection to a cohort of peers
  • Enhancing the sense of community, belonging, and personal responsibility among first-year students
  • Connecting students to campus resources and opportunities

Weekly Topics:

Weeks Topic
One  What’s a liberal arts education anyways?
Two  Adulting 101
Three  Expectations vs. Reality
Four  Who You Need to Know
Five  90% of Success is Showing Up
 Six You mean I should leave campus?
Seven  Finding Balance
Eight  College is More Than Just a Degree
Nine  Wellness Week
Ten  You’ve Got This!