As part of the first year experience a theme is selected to provide social and academic construct by which you will base your learning in and outside the classroom. 

2013-2014 Theme

The First Year Experience (FYE) theme for 2013-2014, "MAKING...", engages you to think about the life you will be MAKING at Saint Mary's College.  

What path will you forge in your next four years?  

How will you MAKE the most of your college experience?  

How will you MAKE a difference?  

What will you be MAKING?


Common Reading

2013-2014 Common ReadingThe 2013-2014 FYE common reading is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.  Skloot's work explores the life and death of Henrietta Lacks, the "immortal life" of her cells, and the consequences of the use of her cells for scientific research and the impact of that research on her family.

We look forward to exploring Skloot's book with you upon your arrival at Weekend of Welcome.  On Friday, August 30, you will discuss the book with classmates living within your residence hall.  These book discussions, facilitated by student leaders, model the Collegiate Seminar experience and act as an introduction to shared inquiry at Saint Mary's.  You, the newest member of our Saint Mary's community, will be MAKING inquiry come alive in the classroom!

 Students who attend the June New Student Orientation sessions will receive a book at the end of the day. Students who attend New Student Orientation in August will have a copy of the book mailed to them in July. 


First Year Reading Residence Hall Discussions

Led by residential staff, residents engage in discussions about the first year reading with programmatic efforts centered on the first year theme. Program is intended to introduce students to concept of learning at Saint Mary's occurring both in and outside the classroom.

Learning Outcome(s):

Engage in College programs and activities.

Cohort identity centered on a first year theme and common reading.

Engagement with the concept of personal and social responsibility.

Engage in focused reflection.

Sponsoring Department: Residential Experience and New Student & Family Programs

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