|Molly Dickinson QU'20 Film Television Media major|
|Jordan Evans QU'20 Psychology major|
Sophia Crespo QU'20 Engineering major
Quinnipiac University provides students with a unique opportunity to combine the best elements of a liberal arts education with practice and theory. The First Year Seminar, required of all freshman students is the foundational course designed to introduce our students to these elements through their personal success plans and the development of a guiding question.
The course culminates in a university wide poster session. The students present their guiding questions along with an explanation of how they arrived at the questions. They provide observations and questions developed through their research and aligned with the areas of the liberal arts courses that will enroll in as a part of their distributions requirements.
The purpose is to help them develop the critical inquiry skills that are the first step in moving from a high school senior to a college freshman academic focus.
The goal is to help them develop a natural curiosity and gain the confidence to ask the questions both in and out of the classroom that will help them to complete their degree and take the next step to employment or graduate school. For those students who are undecided, it can help them to better define their course of study.
Some of the questions are related to their major and some are eternal questions that they will explore throughout their college career.
It is very rewarding to end a semester supporting these students and helping them to see that they can determine their own path to success using the tools that Quinnipiac provides.