FYE is an opportunity for you to:
The 'what' is even easier to answer.
- develop a deep and lasting relationship with the faculty member teaching the Scribner Seminar that you select, a faculty member who will also serve as your mentor and advisor until you declare a major;
- build an intellectual and social relationship with other members of your Seminar, with whom you’ll live in close proximity—thus ensuring that these relationships extend beyond the classroom;
- gain an introduction to how Skidmore thinks about the liberal arts and encourage your own critical and interdisciplinary inquiry;
- enhance your writing and communication skills;
- take advantage of the assistance of peer mentors — upperclass students who function as informal advisors and role models, and often live nearby in the residence halls;
- and benefit from an in-depth and coordinated program of residential-life activities and events, many focused on themes introduced in the Seminars.
The thinking behind FYE is simple: learning shouldn’t be confined to a classroom, lab, or studio for a few hours a day. It’s really what the entire college experience is about. So the better we blend your academic, cocurricular, and residential-life experiences, and the more connected you are with faculty, staff, upperclass students, and first-year peers, the more successful and satisfied you’ll be.