Student Experience and Engagement
Student Experience and Engagement helps students excel holistically as they become acclimated to college life during their first two years at WSSU. This area focuses on academic and co-curricular activities that promote belonging, retention, and persistence among first-year, sophomore and transfer students.
The First Year Experience (FYE) Program at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is designed to successfully transition First Year Rams from high school to the college. Included in our program are two courses FYE 1250 and FYE 1251 and a host of other events and activities. First Year Rams will also learn about the history, culture and pride, and of the great legacy of social justice here at WSSU.
The First Year Experience will Empower freshmen with knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and beyond.
First Year Rams will be empowered by enhanced knowledge about:
- Time management
- Money management
- Effective study strategies
- Goal setting
- Career planning
- Wellness practices
First Year Rams will engage with:
- The newest classmates
- Faculty, Staff and Administrators
- Special activities that will increase your knowledge about liberal education and social justice
Volunteer and service-learning projects that give them an opportunity engage to with local community
First Year Rams will explore:
- Our five tenets of social justice: Diversity, Educational Equity, Health Equity, Community Empowerment, and Community Sustainability
- Connections between social justice issues and the community
- University policies and practices that will help you succeed
- On- and off-campus activities like seminars, plays, movie nights, and service-learning projects
- How to engage in active research and present your findings in a professional presentation
- Valuable tools that you will use throughout collegiate life and beyond
The Sophomore Year Experience is committed to helping sophomore students excel, by providing a comprehensive educational experience that promotes both the academic and co-curricular success and engagement of all second-year students.
Sophomore Year Experience seeks to:
- Provide exposure for major and minor exploration
- Create an outlet for students to engage in conversation with department chairs
- Provide monthly activities and events to promote campus engagement
- Familiarize students with the process of career research and engagement
- Arrange community engagement opportunities for students
- Afford students the opportunity to join Tau Sigma and Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Societies
- Assist with securing study abroad opportunities
The Sophomore Year Checklist
- Meet with your advisor to map out your plan of study.
Jump-start the new school year by visiting with your academic advisor or UCaLL. This will help you identify all of your academic interests and study abroad opportunities.
- Pursue academic excellence.
More than three out of four respondents to a job outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported that they screen candidates by grade point average (GPA). Attend UCaLL’s workshops and academic services to help you develop effective study skills that will improve your efficiency, time management and retention of information.
- Confirm your major and career goals.
There are simple things you can do to discover your passion. Complete a career inventory to identify the top occupations that coincide with your interests. Speak with or shadow professionals in the occupations you are considering. If you have any hesitancy about your goals, now is the time to seek assistance. Stop by the career center for additional information.
- Conduct a mock professional job search.
Complete a mock job search to identify the qualifications you will need for your future career. Graduation will be here before you know it. You will not have time later to gain any additional experience that employers require. Browse the job listings on commercial job search engines to understand the qualifications of the future positions you aspire to hold. O*Net and the Occupational Outlook Handbook will help you identify essential knowledge, skills and abilities. Establish professional goals to ensure your ability to satisfy these requirements.
- Begin to build your professional wardrobe.
This will help the shopping experience more enjoyable and affordable.
- Gain relevant work experience.
Get a part-time job, summer employment or volunteer position that directly relates to your future career. This will couple your strong academic background with hands-on practical experience, while also permitting you to confirm your major and expand your network. Many employers also expect new hires to have experience.
- Participate in co-curricular activities.
Look for leadership opportunities in student organizations, service learning teams and residence life.
- Do something to professionally stretch yourself.
Present at a conference. Write a blog post. Enroll in a difficult or challenging course. Complete a research project. Although these activities may initially be uncomfortable, the development they provide is beneficial.
- Build your network.
Join a professional association in your field. Attend a conference or participate in a webinar. Create a profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest virtual professional network. Connect with the recruiters at an organization that interests you on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or at regional job fairs. This will help you learn more about their work environment and opportunities. We also offer an alumni mentor program. Stop by the Second Year/Transfer Year Experience office located in Hill Hall Room 317.
- Create a resume to document your activities.
As the end of your sophomore year approaches, reflect on the year and note your accomplishments. Swing by the Career Development Services for a personal critique of your resume and additional assistance with your career planning.
- Participate in Ramsition!
Ramsition is a celebration of the wonderful progress that you have made in your academic life. Ramsition is also to encourage your continued pursuit of scholastic and professional achievement, and to recognize your transition into the major of your choice. You will have an opportunity to meet department/school representatives in your chosen field of study and celebrate your transition into the next phase of your academic career.
To create a social environment for transfer students providing connections to the WSSU community, and to encourage their goals while learning valuable leadership and communication skills.
- Provide an inclusive environment where all members belong and thrive as they transition to their new home at Winston-Salem State University.
- Build a significant pathway with WSSU in order to become a true Ram.
- Create opportunities for students to develop.
- Link students to a variety of WSSU resources.
- Promote the involvement in leadership and service opportunities.
- Provide opportunities to join Transfer and Non-Traditional Honor Societies.