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Advising the New Freshman Student

"The freshman year of college is probably for many people the first great transition of their young lives.  By social design it is a critical step toward emancipation from the family toward self-sufficiency, true independence and personal responsibility.  The freshman year is full of perils for young people whose lives have been structured by family, school, friends and familiar communities.  Wrenched from this network of support, immersed in serious academic challenge, staying up late with morning classes just a few hours away, exposed to alcohol and others temptations in excess, some students are more successful that others at coping.  Some students make it to the sophomore year of college while others do not."

Postsecondary Education Opportunity, The Mortenson Research Seminar on Public Policy Analysis of Opportunity for Postsecondary Education.  Number 60.  Iowa City, Iowa:  June 1997.

The first year experience for new students is a highly documented phenomenon in educational literature.  As with any life transition, new opportunities present issues of excitement, stress, adjustment and a variety of challenges.  The relationship of a student to a faculty member or other advisor is highly connected to the satisfaction of that student with their educational choice.  Therefore, attending an interactive University Seminar can help students not only become more aware of the services and programs of Northwest, it also gives the student the opportunity to relate to a higher education professional.