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First Year Experience

Don't just survive. Succeed.


First things first—WELCOME TO SEMO! You’re officially a Redhawk. Cue the confetti. We’re super excited to have you, and we hope you’re equally as excited. We know that with that excitement comes a little bit of nervousness, too. No need to worry. You’re not in this alone.


Build your resume, battle boredom, and connect with other students on campus by getting involved! No matter what you're interested in, there's a way to find friends who like the same things. Here's a sample of just some of the options we offer:

/   Academic & Professional Associations
/   Club Intermural Sports
/   Community Service Opportunities
/   Greek Life
/   Leadership Development

/   Group Fitness Classes
/   Performing Arts Groups
/   Special Interest Organizations
/   Spiritual Connections

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You'll probably want to stay forever, but realistically you'll want to start with the end in mind. Graduation, that is. Understanding the material covered in your first semester of classes is crucial for making the Dean's List and beyond. Take advantage of these free academic resources:

/   Academic Coaching Program
/   Center for Writing Excellence
/   Math Learning Centers
/   Supplemental Instruction
/   Tutorial Services


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If you haven't decided on a major yet, or you have and you're having second thoughts, you're in good company. Nearly 25% of Redhawks enter freshman year without a major in mind. You have time to decide and we have people who can guide you through your options.

Explore your options
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Find Your Way Around

Campus is basically a city within a city, which might make it tough to navigate at times. You'll practically be a tour guide after a few weeks, but for now, there's no shame in using a cheat sheet to get where you're going.

Campus Map
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Asking For Help

You're new here. We don't expect you to have all the answers. But knowing who to ask when you have a question will make your first year way easier. We've put together a handy guide that will help you go straight to the source. Of course, if you don't see your question on the list, New Student Programs is happy to help connect you to the right people.

Who do I ask?


Your first year of college isn't too early to start the job search. Even if you haven't yet decided what life after graduation looks like, now's a great time to get started! Here are some things future you will thank you for doing your first year:

/   Shadow someone in a career that interests you
/   Consider a part-time or summer job to include as experience on your resume
/   Volunteer at a non-profit organization related to your area of interest
/   Meet with your academic advisor and a career counselor, if necessary
/   Join a student organization that may offer leadership experience over the coming years
/   Attend career-focused guest lectures and seminars
/   Attend networking events like the Career Expo each semester

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