Your First Year

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Your Jayhawk Journey is Just Beginning 

This program offers semester-long programming for first year Jayhawks through academic connections, social events, workshops, and guest speakers. Your First Year connects first year students with opportunities to deepen their KU connections established from Orientation and Hawk Week.

  • Continue to build community and connections with other Jayhawks, including staff and faculty. 
  • Learn about resources and skills that support their holistic wellness and transition to KU. 
  • Begin to master navigating KU’s spaces, both geographically and digitally. 
  • Understand how Academic Success units support students' retention and persistence.

Upcoming Events 

Your First Year event description

Your First Year: Setting Goals for Growth

This event is ideal for anyone looking to gain clarity, motivation, and direction in pursuing their goals. Whether you're striving for personal growth, career advancement, or lifestyle changes, this workshop will empower you to take meaningful action and make your dreams a reality. Journals will be provided for the first 40 students or you are welcome bring your own. (While this event is a part of OTPs Your First Year programming all students are able to attend!)

What to Expect:
- Engaging presentations and interactive exercises
- Opportunities for sharing insights and connecting with like-minded individuals
- Light refreshments and all necessary supplies included
- Giveaways provided by the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs and KU Alumni Association

Past Events

Your First Year event description

Your First Year: Breathe In, Stress Out

Are you a first-year student feeling the weight of academic demands, social pressures, and the challenges of newfound independence? You're not alone! Join us on October 24th from 3:00pm-3:45pm to take the first step towards a healthier, more balanced college experience.

Cheleia Marshall, a health educator with HERO, will be speaking on the ins and outs of stress and anxiety in the college environment. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge and tools to recognize these challenges in yourself, learn effective strategies for managing them, and understand how they might manifest uniquely during your college journey.
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Your First Year: Thriving During College Breaks

Transitioning from the academic hustle to the comforts of home can be both exciting and challenging. "Thriving During College Breaks" is your guide to making the most of your time away from college while setting the stage for a successful return.

Join us on November 29th from 1:00-1:45pm for a unique workshop designed to help you make the most of your break, academically and mentally. Cheleia Marshall, a health educator with HERO, will be there to equip you with strategies to stay academically engaged while also prioritizing your self-care and well-being.
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Your First Year: Snowed in with Academic Success

Explore a winter wonderland of academic resources! Stroll through our snow-covered booths where representatives from various success units will be on hand to showcase the wealth of tools, services, and support available to help you succeed. Embrace the warmth of knowledge, community, and free food, and set the stage for a successful semester!