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First Year Programs

Goal: Encourage Students to Actively Engage in Their First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) Success Series is a collaborative workshop series designed to address important academic information and campus resources at critical points in the first year. Topics in the fall semester are geared towards helping students with their academic transition, while the spring semester focuses more on enhancing the college experience outside of the classroom and gaining important leadership and career experience.

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In addition to the FYE Success Series, other featured first year programs are:

Classroom Walking Tours

Classroom Walking Tours take place the week before the start of the fall semester and are tailored towards students’ class schedules. The tours are done in small groups, with advisors following the students’ schedules and taking them to the door of each of the classes on their schedule. Most tours are approximately 1 ½ hours long.

Lifeguard Stations

Lifeguard Stations are blue tent stations set up across campus, at highly travelled areas and are staffed by SOAR Advisors and various professional staff the first three days of the semester. Students who are lost, having trouble finding classes, or who have questions can stop by any one of our blue Lifeguard Stations and receive assistance.

FALL FYE Success Series

Student Services Festival

  • Time: Wednesday, September 18 from 11:30AM - 1:00PM
  • Location: Speaker's Platform Lawn (outside of the Bookstore)

In this session students will:
• Connect with key student services and campus resource representatives
• Learn about opportunities for involvement on and off campus
• Get questions about CSULB answered

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Financial Awareness

  • Time: Wednesday, September 11 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Location: USU - Room 205

In this session students will:

• Be introduced to common financial mistakes & how to avoid them
• Learn how to create and stick to a budget
• Receive information about credit card benefits and pitfalls

 

Time Management (2 Workshop Options)

  • Time: Wednesday, September 25 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM or Time: Thursday, September 26 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • September 25 Location: USU - Room 205 or September 26 Location: Horn Center - Room 104

In this session students will learn strategies to:
• Stay on top of their coursework and still have a personal life
• Prioritize tasks to ensure timely completion
• Reduce stress and anxiety around “crunch” time like midterms and finals

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Financial Awareness

  • Time: Wednesday, October 2 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Location: USU - Room 205

In this session students will:

• Be introduced to common financial mistakes & how to avoid them
• Learn how to create and stick to a budget
• Receive information about credit card benefits and pitfalls

 

How to Talk to Your Prof (2 Workshop Options - must register to attend)

  • Time: Wednesday, October 9 from 11:00AM - 12:30PM or Time: Thursday, October 10 from 11:00AM - 12:30PM
  • October 9 Location: USU - Room 205 or October 10 Location: Foundation Building, Room 175

Students who register to attend this session will:
• Receive advice from faculty about being a CSULB student
• Learn about classroom etiquette and faculty expectations
• Eat lunch with faculty and have small group discussions

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Effective Study Strategies (2 Workshop Options)

  • Time: Wednesday, October 23 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM or Time: Thursday, October 24 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • October 23 Location: USU - Room 205 or October 24 Location: USU - Room 304

In this session students will:
• Learn how to use effective study strategies
• Pick up organizational tips that facilitate learning
• Practice creating effective and useful study tools

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How to Write a College Paper

  • Time: Wednesday, November 13 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM or Time: Thursday, November 14 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • November 13 Location: USU - Room 205 or November 14 Location: USU - Room 304

In this session students will learn how to:
• Narrow their down topics and develop a thesis
• Develop outlines for papers
• Plan their time so that they are not writing the night before the paper is due

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Finals Preparation Series: Part 1 – Preparing the Body & Mind

  • Time: Tuesday, December 3 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Location: USU - Beach Auditorium

In this session students will receive information about:

• Proper diet and nutrition
• Developing healthy habits
• The pitfalls of some “study aids”
• Effective stress relief techniques

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Finals Preparation Series: Part 2 – Finals Preparation Tips

  • Time: Wednesday, December 4 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Location: USU - Beach Auditorium

In this session students will receive information about:
• Study methods that best suit individual preferences
• Time management
• Test taking tips
• Writing strategies

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SPRING FYE Success Series - Description

Scholarships

  • Time: Wednesday, January 29 from 3:00PM - 4:00PM or Time: Thursday, November 14 from 3:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: USU - Room 205 (both sessions)

In this session students will:

  • Learn how to search for scholarships using the University Scholarship's Website
  • Identify scholarships that best suit their qualifications and needs
  • Understand the application process from beginning to end

Financial Aid

  • Time: Tuesday, February 4 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM or Time: Wednesday, February 5 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Location: USU - Room 205 (both sessions)

In this session students will:

  • Become aware of the mission of Financial Aid
  • Learn how to apply for Financial Aid
  • Gain an understanding of the continuing student F.A. Process (F.A. beyond the first year)

Getting Involved

  • Time: Wednesday, February 19 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM or Time: Thursday, February 20 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM
  • February 19 Location: USU - Room 205 or February 20 Location: USU - Room 304

In this session students will:
• Learn the benefits of becoming involved
• Identify areas of interest and match them to involvement opportunities
• Understand the importance of gaining experience to build resumes

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Managing Your Degree Progress

  • Time: Wednesday, March 5 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM or Time: Thursday, March 6 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM
  • March 5 Location: USU - Room 205 or March 6 Location: USU - Room 304

In this session students will:
• Receive information about how to use MyCSULB to track degree requirements
• Learn how to use MyCSULB to explore major changes

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Choosing a Major/Career

In this session students will:
• Assess their skills and interests in relation to majors and careers
• Learn about tools and resources available to help them make well informed decisions

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Spring Break Kickoff

  • Time: Wednesday, March 26 from 11:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Location: Central Quad (Upper Campus)

In this session students will:
• Receive information and materials to assist them in becoming advocates for their own safety and well-being
• Learn how to have fun, while staying safe
• Take a pledge to practice safe habits while on spring break and beyond

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Majors Fair

  • Time: Wednesday, April 9 from 11:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Location: Speaker's Platform Lawn (in front of Book Store)

In this session students will have the opportunity to:
• Speak to representatives from their major and other departments,
• Explore potential career opportunities,
• Learn about minors, credentials, and certificates

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Financial Literacy (on-line workshop)

www.financialliteracy101.org
This on-line workshop will assist students to:
• Become more aware of their spending habits,
• Learn how to save money,
• Stay out of debt

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