WEBVTT 00:00:04.000 --> 00:00:08.000 The First-Year Experience curriculum is designed for high school students who are coming in to Western, 00:00:08.000 --> 00:00:12.000 and we want to help them transition the best way possible. 00:00:12.000 --> 00:00:15.000 We introduce them to resources on campus that will help them succeed, 00:00:15.000 --> 00:00:18.000 not just for their first year, but for their entire time here. 00:00:19.000 --> 00:00:25.000 The way that First-Year Experience works is a student chooses a class based on a theme. 00:00:25.000 --> 00:00:32.000 There are themes like educational living in a multicultural setting, or telling successful habits of a college student. 00:00:32.000 --> 00:00:36.000 Or for instance, in my class we're focusing on blogging for belonging. 00:00:36.000 --> 00:00:40.000 They're learning how to write appropriately for particular audiences. 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:46.000 They're learning to use writing as a mode of learning and discovery, and those are so important as college students. 00:00:47.000 --> 00:00:50.000 I really enjoyed my FYE writing class 00:00:50.000 --> 00:00:56.000 because it gave me the skills I needed as an education major to become a better teacher and writer. 00:00:56.000 --> 00:00:62.000 I would definitely recommend FYE classes to other freshmen because it was my fun class and I met a lot of really cool 00:01:02.000 --> 00:01:07.000 people, especially my professors who I know will be there for me throughout the rest of my college career. 00:01:09.000 --> 00:01:14.000 At the end of the FYE course, all students participate in the Symposium. 00:01:14.000 --> 00:01:17.000 Our students come together and share their work. 00:01:17.000 --> 00:01:22.000 It's their first time to publicly kind of show the results of 10 weeks of really hard work. 00:01:22.000 --> 00:01:26.000 It's an exciting time for the students. It makes them feel confident. 00:01:26.000 --> 00:01:30.000 It's kind of a nice launching point into the next term. 00:01:30.000 --> 00:01:31.000 Everybody leaves pretty happy. 00:01:34.000 --> 00:01:38.000 I love teaching First-Year Experience because I love working with freshmen. 00:01:38.000 --> 00:01:40.000 We want to make a difference in individuals' lives. 00:01:40.000 --> 00:01:42.000 They're going to feel like they matter. 00:01:42.000 --> 00:01:44.000 They're not a number when they take this course.