First-Year Transitions

The first semester of college is an exciting time for you. With that excitement may also come uncertainty, new choices and decisions, and anxiety about new people, classes and environment. As you make the transition to Curry College, the First-Year Transitions Course is a great way to help you learn about yourself and develop strategies that will ensure success throughout your college career.

First-Year Transitions is a 2-credit course designed to assist you with your transition to the college experience. Throughout the course, you are introduced to methods and resources to promote success in college, and opportunities to discover how you learn, relate, and make choices. Topics in the course focus on academic development, value and belief systems, campus life, relationships, wellness, and the purpose and value of higher education. Each section of the course is team taught by a member of the faculty and an upper-class student instructor.  Click here to see First Year Transitions faculty for the current academic year.

The course is open to students in any major and also satisfies the General Education Requirement for Wellness. Sections of this course are offered in both the fall and spring semesters and are open to all first year students as well as transfer students who have earned fewer than 15 credits at their previous institution.

Student Instructors

Student instructors are upper-class students who partner with a faculty member to lead a section of the First Year Seminar course. Student instructors offer students in the class their perspective on issues that first year students face and offer advice and identify resources that may be of help to students in the class. Become a student instructor and impact the lives of first year students.

In order to be considered for a position as a student instructor, students must:

  • be a sophomore, junior or senior
  • have a minimum overall 2.75 GPA
  • complete the application for student instructors
  • for new student instructors - obtain 2 letters of recommendation

Questions about the course can be directed to Dr. Si Pearman, First Year Coordinator


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