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September 5, 2017

A Student's Experience in Geneva's L&T

As my last summer before my freshman year of college came to an end, I was a bit anxious about was how I would adjust to a new place with new faces. I was on the cross country team, so I would be able to make new friends there, but I wanted to get a better feel for Geneva and for college life as a whole.

In my first week, I participated in Welcome Week with all the incoming freshmen. It was a fun, enjoyable experience that gave all of us the opportunity to make friends and form bonds with other students.

Once classes started, however, the fun and games of Welcome Week were in the past, and it was time for me to take the next step of my college career. As I began this new chapter in my life, one of the most helpful activities was the Learning & Transitions (L&T) course that Geneva requires of incoming students.

At first this was not my outlook; I was somewhat bitter about having to take the class. I already had a full schedule that I was worried about, and now there was this one-credit L&T course I had to take every Monday. It felt like an unnecessary burden that would get in the way of my studies.

As the first few weeks progressed, however, I realized that L&T had the opposite effect. It balanced everything else by helping me form good study habits and allowing me to address concerns I had about some of my classes. It also provided an opportunity to meet other freshmen in my major and learn from upperclassmen, with whom I have since become good friends.

I recall the benefits of L&T when thinking about the week I turned in my first college paper and took my first college test. I did not receive the grades expected, and I was quite concerned about how these two scores would mar my college career.

It wasn’t until the following week’s L&T class that I was able to put some of my worries to rest. We discussed some of the challenges of our first few weeks of college. It was refreshing to talk about it and hear other people talk about similar issues; realizing other people were in the same situation allowed us to address the problem together. I also remember talking with an upperclassman who was one of my L&T mentors. I had a couple of classes with him that semester, too. He helped to calm some of my worries, as well.

A few weeks later I turned in another paper and took another test. This time, however, I studied with some people from my L&T class and did much better.

The semester continued, and we talked about other issues like balancing faith and learning, our favorite classes and how we had changed since the beginning of the year. I continued to grow as a student and a Christian, as did others in my L&T class. While there were some assignments and papers to complete, I felt like they were simple reflections on those topics we discussed in class.

L&T was very helpful to me in adjusting well at Geneva. It helped me gain valuable study habits and form friendships I will have for years to come. This kind of attention to the needs of incoming students is what makes Geneva a special place. L&T transformed a skeptic like me into functioning college student by connecting me with a community of learners and a community of believers. It addressed my needs academically, socially and spiritually when I needed it most.

If you are interested in attending Geneva College, find out more by contacting the Admissions Office at 800-847-8255 or admissions@geneva.edu.

- Andrew Domencic '19