85% of the new students participated in the MAP-Works Fall Transition Survey which closed September 24. Congratulations to all who participated and reviewed their student report. Special congratulations to several commuters and residents who won gift cards and parking spaces as well as the residents of Funk East with 94% participation! A pizza party will be on your calendar soon.
So what did we learn about the cohort of new students? The majority see themselves as self-disciplined, studying a sufficient amount, forming strong peer connections, committed to completing a degree here and overall are satisfied with LVC.
Likewise a majority of students are experiencing test anxiety, homesickness and are concerned about time management as they learn the new way of college life. Less than half the responders indicated plans to get involved in student organizations.
Transitioning to college can be challenging but this is your time to grow, learn, move beyond your comfort zone and find your path. Don’t do it alone, in fact you may have chosen Lebanon Valley for its size and access to opportunities. Visit with your professors and engage them in conversation. Are you struggling with course material? Take advantage of Peer Tutoring or the Writing Center. Engage in some of the many activities on campus. You do have time to devote to your class work and your social life and if you need advice on how to balance everything talk with your professors, peer mentors, and RA’s. The 50/50 Peer Helpers are also a great resource when you are feeling stressed or need peer-to-peer guidance.
One more excellent resource to use…..your advisor. Your mid-term grades will be posted on MyLVC on October 16 and spring course registration is just around the corner so this is a perfect time to talk with him or her about your first semester.