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Where Respect Happens: Florida Gulf Coast University

Friday, July 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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On the morning of the second day of the two-day program for incoming freshmen and their families at Florida Gulf Coast University, they kicked off the day with a session called "The First Year Experience" that is focused on helping students and their families get a better understanding of what college is going to be like by discussing some of the challenges that students face in their first year of college.  Through the use of a format that is highly interactive, discussion-based, and facilitated like a talk show, the session panelists (The Dean of Students, the Director of the Center for Academic Achievement, and a senior staff member in Residence Life, and NODA's very own 2017 Past President Andy Cinoman, Director of New Student Programs) share their thoughts about three core issues: the transition from high school to college, what it means to be a member of the FGCU community, and how attending college impacts identity development. 


As they discuss the idea of “community” during this session, they point out that being a member of the university community revolves around being open to living with (and learning from) others who are different than yourself and showing others the same level of respect that you expect in return. They make a point of telling the audience at this point that FGCU is a place “Where Respect Happens" as a they tie up this particular aspect of the discussion.



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