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Student involvement fair during Welcome Week

First-Year and Student Transitions

First Year and Student Transitions

Ohio University believes that first-year students should be presented with a common set of curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities that introduce them to the intellectual skills, ethical norms, and civic values that will prepare them to succeed as scholars and citizens of the university community. Ohio University is committed to promoting academic, social, and personal engagement in that community and to ensuring continual improvement in the quality of the first–year experience through systematic assessment of student learning and involvement, academic practices and policies, and the availability and efficacy of support services.

The Office of First Year & Student Transitions (FYrST) at Ohio University helps first-year students succeed academically and socially, and make a smooth transition to university life. FYrST programs include Bobcat Student Orientation, Learning Communities, and academic courses.

OHIOwonderwall invites student reflection

OHIOwonderwall is a digital and analog space for students to actively engage with the University, each other, and their own reflections. Ohio University’s Undergraduate Experiential Learning Office collaborated with the First Year and Student Transitions Office, the Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts, University Libraries, University Communications and Marketing, and Regional Higher Education to engage first-year students in the OHIOwonderwall project. Students were introduced to the OHIOwonderwall project during Bobcat Student Orientation and through post-BSO modules in Blackboard. Once students completed Bobcat Student Orientation or enrolled at regional campuses, they should have received a kit that included book-making supplies which they can use to engage with periodic reflection prompts in the coming weeks. Students are invited to respond to reflection prompts shared via BSO social media using the #OHIOwonderwall hashtag and to share their own reflections in the form of text, photos, or videos using that hashtag. Student responses will be recreated in public spaces in our campus communities, bringing students to Ohio University through the proxy of their own words.

Instructions for creating OHIOwonderwall booklet

Template for booklet pages