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  In general I would rate my FYE Experience as .......................................................................... 1
  Goal 1 – Transition to College .................................................................................................... 2
  Goal 2 – Providing rigorous academics ...................................................................................... 3
  Goal 3 – In developing your character ........................................................................................ 4
  Goal 4 – Developing your writing abilities................................................................................. 5
  FYE Choices ............................................................................................................................... 6
     Academic Rigor ...................................................................................................................... 6
     Transition to College............................................................................................................... 6
     Writing .................................................................................................................................... 6
     General Comments.................................................................................................................. 7
  Honors ......................................................................................................................................... 7
     Academics in General ............................................................................................................. 7
     Academic Rigor ...................................................................................................................... 7
     Writing .................................................................................................................................... 8
     General Comments.................................................................................................................. 8
  Diakonia ...................................................................................................................................... 8
     Academic Rigor ...................................................................................................................... 8
     Writing .................................................................................................................................... 8
     General Comments.................................................................................................................. 8
  Environmental Imagination ........................................................................................................ 9
     Academics in General ............................................................................................................. 9
     Academic Rigor ...................................................................................................................... 9
     Transition ................................................................................................................................ 9
     Writing .................................................................................................................................... 9
     General Comments.................................................................................................................. 9
  Frontiers .................................................................................................................................... 10
     Academic Rigor .................................................................................................................... 10
     Transition .............................................................................................................................. 10
     General Comments................................................................................................................ 10
  Myths and Realities................................................................................................................... 10
     Academic Rigor .................................................................................................................... 10
     Writing .................................................................................................................................. 11
     General comments ................................................................................................................ 11
  Rapids of Change ...................................................................................................................... 11
     Transition .............................................................................................................................. 11
     Academic Rigor .................................................................................................................... 11
  FYE and Freshman Housing ..................................................................................................... 11




FYE – Senior Exit Interview – Spring 2002 – FYE Experience from Fall 1998                                                                         1
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          Freshman Year Experience – Data From the Senior Exit Interviews
    Conducted by Office of Student Life Resident Counselors – Winter and Spring 2002


In general I would rate my FYE Experience as




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Goal 1 – Transition to College




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Goal 2 – Providing rigorous academics




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Goal 3 – In developing your character




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Goal 4 – Developing your writing abilities




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FYE Choices
Academic Rigor

       My favorite part of the FYE was getting some of my requirements out of the way. I found myself much
        more challenged in the other classes I had where I was held to the standards of the upperclassman.
        However I believe that it was enormously helpful.
       Classes were way too easy, I had harder classes in high school and my high school was below average
        academically.
       Everything about the transition was provided by the upper school and the FYE did not help me to
        transition, it was more of a cushion. We had to transition again a year later, this time much worse because it
        took longer.
       FYE choices isn't much of a program -- it's really just three different classes. But I know some of the
        classes are too easy. There definitely needs to be a balance of making it too easy -- not challenging enough.
       I found it ridiculous that FYE classes are so much harder than "real" college classes. I never found the point
        of scaring people with the unbelievable amount of work their classes gave out.
       I found myself bored in most of my FYE classes, usually the pace was too slow.

Transition to College

       Each of these goals are valuable, however, do they differ from what would be desired of every course at
        Principia? In high school, students almost hear too much of this, “[It] will prepare you better for college.”
        It's too bad to say that someone is not ready, that there is even more needed before the real experience can
        happen.
       FYE is a program that is useful to a lot of students. I did not feel it was useful to me. I was SO ready to be
        in classes with upperclassmen, have college-level discussions. To be forced into having classes with other
        freshmen was not preferable. FYE's strongest and most valuable point is in introducing freshman to college
        academics.
       I feel that most of these goals have been met for me during the remainder of my college experience because
        of my greater involvement with an interaction with the entire campus, not when I was sequestered as a
        freshman. The more you stretch and become independent, the more you are challenged and learn about
        yourself.
       I thought it provided a nice transition. I was pushed academically while being nurtured. I also had a lot of
        classes with upperclassmen so I did not feel like my freshman year was unrealistic.

Writing

       I believe the two weeks writing seminar was very helpful.
       The Writing Seminar and the focus on writing in FYE was very effective and appreciated.
       I hated the writing seminar, but looking back I think it was really effective.
       I was prepared to write by the upper school so when I came here it was a review to do the writing seminar.
       The writing piece should be toyed with.
       Writing program is amazing. However, too many professors don't get it, especially in the early years.
       The writing program is useless! At least to me here at college. If I want to become a poet it is good. But it
        needs to teach about thesis writing! I learned nothing about what the teachers want here! I never knew how
        to write a structured paper! I floundered! Please teach use of structured thesis writing!




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General Comments

       I learned how to use my time productively.
       The balance of FYE classes was poor at best, with only a few of the possible courses including math and
        science disciplines.
       The FYE "choices" was great because I was able to take an economics course and a history class, the
        foundation of both my majors.
       These classes were the same as others except that we had all freshmen in them.
       Those were the "good old days." Everything was new and I was on fire (academically).




Honors


Academics in General

       I did not feel the choices of programs went well with the goals I wanted to achieve. I also did not like the
        fact that we had to choose one and take all the classes. Most had at least one class I did not like, and even
        the Choices program did not present classes I wanted to take. Later, I found it annoying that some
        interesting sounding classes were only open to freshmen.
       I feel that my experience was on the positive end of the spectrum. I heard of others who had not-so-positive
        experiences in classes that turned out to be not what they expected, irrelevant and worst of all not
        applicable towards general requirements! In other words, a complete waste of their time and money.
       I wish I had had a little more guidance for choosing an FYE program that would help me fulfill the
        graduation requirements I needed. Many of the other FYE programs appeared flimsy my freshman year, but
        it appears that they have been strengthened and given more substance.

Academic Rigor

       I thought the Honors program was very good, and I think the people were committed to learning. That was
        good. Everything since then has been such a let down. I am in classes now where we spend one or two
        hours specifically addressing class dynamics of the people who don't participate. Is this college?
       My program was very rigorous. I was challenged and very prepared for other courses. Many seemed almost
        easy after that. At times the workload was excessive. Too many others pulled a few too many all-nighters
        which may not have been a great habit to form. By spring quarter I was academically exhausted. It is
        important to challenge Honors students, and their desire for stimulating coursework, does not [necessarily]
        enable them to handle an excessive workload. I did enjoy the friendship and unity that developed with my
        fellow classmates and felt the program was valuable as a whole.
       The classes were very rigorous and substantial. They forced me to grow in so many ways. After completing
        the Honors program, I knew I could [handle] anything at college.
       The Honors program was perfect for my needs. It sling-shot(ed) me into a major, challenged me, brought
        role models into my experience, and associated me with people of like minds. I sincerely wish there was an
        Honors program throughout the college years, which was designated as Honors, specifically with a stamp
        of recognition on our record. This is my only major complaint about Principia. It leaves those of us who
        want a rigorous academic program out on a limb and without recognition for the high level courses we
        strive for.
       The Honors program was very challenging because of extensive homework. I enjoyed the class with
        [professor] but the other classes didn't meet my expectations.




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Writing

       The English class helped my writing immensely. I learned discipline and hard studying in Art History. I
        learned more about how important it is to be good at public speaking and creating a good debate/argument
        in U.S. politics class. Overall, having a set plan for classes was helpful in my choice of classes, mostly
        during my fall quarter. I am glad I did not handle all three in one quarter, and I am glad they are all counted
        towards the general education requirements.
       The writing seminar taught me nothing. Writing portfolios are a nuisance, and I am not sure I see the point
        to them.
       The writing workshop would have been more helpful if it had included more about thesis writing.

General Comments
       FYE marvelously taught me to think outside the box, but it did nothing to help use Christian Science in my
        academics. One of my professors, even discouraged [it].




Diakonia


Academic Rigor

       I enjoyed [FYE], but wasn't challenged by it.
       I learned a lot about society and religion, and Diakonia started me on my Religion major and Woman's
        Studies minor. When I was in FYE, it was much too much work. That may have changed since then.
       Academically, I would have had just as much rigor taking non-freshmen courses.
       FYE is a great transition to college

Writing

       Social theory was a good place for developing writing because students could write about things they felt
        strongly about.
       There needs to be better writing activities to help us get ready for college as well as better accessibility to
        the upperclassmen classes.
       My writing was not applied from the seminar to my classes. I now wish I had taken writing classes on
        writing/editing. That would have been much more useful.

General Comments

       I did not agree with some of the practices of the faculty that I felt abused privacy policies.
       I enjoyed the classes that I took. However I would not necessarily say they helped me develop as a person.
        Rather they were just subjects that I enjoyed.
       I found the freshman program excellent in the extra curricular activities we did.
       I will always remember one of my FYE teachers calling and leaving me a message because she knew I was
        struggling with a paper. By her reaching out to me I felt incredibly comfortable in her class and grateful for
        her loving concern.
       Great program. It was a fun trip. I learned a lot that has remained with me.
       I love my FYE. I had great classes and professors. I enjoyed getting to know my fellow Diakonians better.
        Our community service was also a very enjoyable and definitely a learning experience.



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Environmental Imagination


Academics in General

       The best thing about my FYE was the community service project that tied all three classes together. I
        understand that this aspect of the program has since been dropped.

Academic Rigor

       I did not find the Environmental Imagination FYE too challenging, especially when it was compared to the
        FYEs of others.
       I enjoyed my FYE but did not find it rigorous, rather it was more of an extension of the easier parts of high
        school. That said, the program was fun and interesting and [professor] helped me a great deal with my
        writing.
       It had the academic rigor of playing with blocks in grade school. Nothing was expected and nothing was
        returned.

Transition

       I enjoyed my FYE and I felt it was a good way to transition into college, and think it should be continued
        because it provides a great starting point for your college academic career as you meet many peers and
        develop relationships with professors.

Writing

       Honestly, the whole writing seminar did nothing for me. It was fun at times, but it did not aid in helping my
        writing. It was more like just two extra weeks of writing assignments.
       The writing that I had to do was not helpful to me for my four years.
       The writing workshop was not as helpful as I would have expected for a two-week commitment. It seems,
        in hindsight, to have lacked sufficient practice relevant to the work we would be asked to do later in
        college. It was too creative and not realistic enough.


General Comments

       All three classes were fall quarter but and because of that I did not meet any upperclassman. I did not feel
        comfortable approaching them until late in spring quarter.
       I got chastised by my professor when I stated my belief that "homosexuality is wrong." I could not wait to
        meet some upperclassmen and get away from the upper school cliques.
       I really enjoyed getting to know my peers in my group and I really enjoyed [professor] as my teacher for
        the seminar.
       My FYE professors were excellent and readily available for either academic or personal support. When [the
        student] passed away these two professors offered varying ideas that helped me much more so than I found
        in my freshman house.




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Frontiers


Academic Rigor

       The classes were so easy it was a joke. Most of my high school classes were more rigorous and demanding,
        and I when to a public school! I've heard they have gotten better.
       The FYE is somewhat effective, although I did not have a great time because of the teachers and the
        material. At times, the exercises seemed pointless, and at other times, too difficult.
       The writing and academics were not particularly demanding. The most valuable aspect was the emphasis
        on discussion, which is prevalent in many classes here at Principia. The FYE was easy enough, however I
        really did not adjust to college workload and time management until long after my FYE. As a transition to
        college it needs improvement.

Transition

       It was very well suited as a transition into college and I covered things that would not have been otherwise
        covered, and with students that were in the same boat as myself.

General Comments

       As long as all FYE classes are up to par and have the same academic standards, they are worthwhile
        contributions to the freshman year and the development of freshman.
       It was good, but I could have done just as well and learned what I needed by taking regular classes.




Myths and Realities
Academic Rigor

       I was disappointed with my FYE because I don't feel like I achieved much in the way of academic credit. I
        chose an FYE based on the fact that it included courses in my expected major. These courses did nothing
        for my major nor for my general education requirements. I also felt babied in some respects. I did not feel
        like the courses were very challenging to me, except for those with [professor]. I could almost say that my
        FYE was a waste of many good hours I could have spent on electives -- I did not like being forced into an
        FYE.
       Looking back on the FYE program I know it has been one of the experiences in my college career that I am
        very grateful for. FYE definitely provided rigorous academics, I am not sure if it has been as tough since
        [then], but I came into the course getting Cs on papers and left getting As. I have continued to get As for
        the past four years.
       Science teacher was using 300/400 level science technology in my first quarter and only three other
        students had had [subject] in that class.
       The professors were great and their intentions were too, but the academic rigor was poor and by the end of
        our second quarter we were [not] too interested in being associated with other members of the class. wo of
        my classes for FYE were completely useless to my GERs. Two of them didn't apply at all. I would have
        appreciated having these two classes free to experiment with other fields of study.




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Writing
       I loved the teachers in my group, the students I shared with my overall experience. I just don't think the
        whole writing part was planned out enough.
       I was in a tough situation with my professor, that I did not really achieve a healing until last year. As far as
        writing skills, I learned how to please this professor, not the skills I would need for other classes. The
        writing seminar did not help me much either. I think there should have been more emphasis on how to
        write a research -- thesis paper, to prepare us for the upcoming four years.

General comments

    FYE was great!




Rapids of Change

Transition

       FYE was definitely one of the most valuable tools I had for college education. It helped me get started and
        oriented about college education.

Academic Rigor

       My FYE was positive only because of my professors and my love of them and the subjects they taught. It
        was not real challenging, but it was valuable to my personal development.
       I could have learned all of these criteria in a regular class. I did not see FYE as being a major step beyond
        regular classes.




FYE and Freshman Housing

FYE Choices

       I would retain either the freshman housing or FYE

Honors

       One comment I would like to make regarding freshman housing concerns "goal ." while there are many
        wonderful advantages to freshman housing for the campus in general, one point which OSL might be able
        to improve it as a prolonged immaturity of freshman in the current system. Due to freshmen lack of
        exposure to the positive elements of upperclassman (maturity, seriousness with which they take their
        studies/majors, etc.,), they appear to have a rather extended stay in cliques centered around popularity, lack
        of respect for professors (who are treated the same as high school teachers), and general immaturity. This
        might be remedied by having fewer FYEs and/or assigning freshmen to choice courses where
        upperclassman were present and could act as contributors to the freshmen academic experience. They are
        needed! This is a rather noticeable difference from years prior to freshmen housing.
       I got tired of seeing the same nine people all the time in my classes, and then in the dorm.


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Diakonia

       I may have been more ready and prepared for college then some but I did not need freshmen housing has an
        intermediate. It also created a bond with other freshmen, much more than freshmen housing ever did.
       There needs to be a choice made for FYE or freshman housing because both is too much!




Frontiers

       Keep the FYE and get rid of freshman housing as soon as possible for the good of those unfortunate
        students who must go through it.

Myths and Realities
       I did not like this excluding combination of FYE and freshman housing.
       I wouldn't combine FYE and freshman housing because it separated us from the rest of the campus.




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