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First Year Experience

Flagler College's first year experience program helps you as a new student transition into our campus community. A community that is uniquely situated in the nation's oldest city and is dedicated to your academic success and development.

This program will help you integrate into the intellectual, cultural, and social life of the college. We do this through:

  • Active learning:You will be challenged to engage in class and collaborate with your professors and classmates, building your own personalized academic and co-curricular experience.
  • Personalized support:From your CACE Advisor to your faculty and mentors, you will have a team surrounding you even before you arrive to campus.

The Common Read

Each year, Flagler selects a book that will provide a foundation for a common academic experience among incoming students. Students are mailed a copy of the book the summer before the fall term, along with a welcome letter from Flagler’s President. The book is utilized during both Academic Sessions at the Building Your Legacy Orientation, and serves as common text in the First Year Seminar.

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What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

From Penguin Random House – “Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

What the Eyes Don’t See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children."

Academic Orientation

As part of your Building My Legacy New Student Orientation, you will participate in Academic Orientation.  Academic Orientation seeks to prepare students for college academic life, and the Flagler academic experiences in particular. In short, we want to begin to work on tools for academic success, and help you transition into the start of classes feeling more confident and comfortable. Academic Orientation includes:

  • Academic Sessions – For this meeting, you will meet your First Year Seminar professor and other students in the same class and will receive an introduction to college classes. You’ll use American War for this meeting, so be sure to read it and bring it with you!
  • Advising Meetings – Your CACE Advisor will provide tips and reminders for the start of classes and will help with any final questions you have about your schedule. You will also receive the name and contact information for your Faculty Mentor that you will be assigned to.
  • Department Meetings – Department Meetings provide you with the opportunity to meet faculty from your major and receive important information about the program.
  • Convocation – Convocation is the official kickoff to the academic year, with a formal welcome from college administration, the signing of the college honor code, and an address by a specially selected speaker

First Year Seminar

The First Year Seminar is a class about college, the world, and the relationship between them.  It will provide you with the skills and practical knowledge you’ll need for success in college. But more than that, this class will be your first chance to engage in real college-level critical thought about self and world; about the value and responsibilities of citizenship in diverse democracy. First Year Seminar is taught by faculty from various disciplines across the Flagler Campus. They each bring their own passions and interests into the classroom.

Though all sections have some texts in common, no two First Year Seminars are exactly alike.  You may read about political philosophy and the history of science. You may explore cultural meanings of business and entertainment. You will stand beside Socrates as he considers leaving this world for the good of his city, and beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he tries to make the world better. You may explore your new home by foot, bike, or kayak, and will get connected to campus resources that will be critical during your transition. And throughout it all, you will form a community with your professor, peers, and mentor.

Peer Mentoring

We know the transition to college can be challenging. We also know that the first-hand experience of your peers can provide the best advice and guidance. To help connect you with students who met the challenges of the first-year head-on and can offer their support, every First Year Seminar course will have an embedded peer mentor who you will get to know starting at orientation. These students, representing a variety of student experiences, can provide academic and social support, sharing tips and tricks for success they have learned along the way.

In addition to the FYS Mentors, students may also be connected to mentors in one-on-one or small-group settings. If you are interested in connecting with a mentor, contact your CACE Advisor for more information.


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