The Your First Year Success Series offers co-curricular programs and events for students to develop a strong foundation for academic and personal success during their first year at UNCG.

By participating in the YFY Success Series programs, you will learn and develop:

  • Academic skills such as time management, note taking, study skills, and test taking strategies.
  • Personal purpose and practical skills such as career exploration and communication skills.
  • A sense of belonging and Spartan Pride by exploring all of the many resources available to help you succeed inside and outside of the classroom at UNCG.

 

First Year Success Series Certificate

Any current first-year or transfer student who attends at least 6 programs in the YFY Success Series will be eligible for a First Year Success Certificate from YFY. This certificate will help you demonstrate all of the skills that you will gain through the success series on your resume. You will receive:

  • Physical certificate
  • Letter to your Dean about your accomplishment
  • Your name posted to our webpage

YFY will distribute gift cards to randomly selected first-year or transfer students at each YFY Success Series event!

 

YFY Success Series

YFY Success Series Schedule Fall 2021

Spartans Explore Career Series (Friday, September 10)

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Spartans Explore Career Series
Friday, September 10 at 11 a.m.
Virtual
Hosted by Career & Professional Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spartans Explore Career series was built for exploration of different careers in a variety of industries. This series will help you gain knowledge about how to tell your story and how your skills will assist you in landing opportunities. Learn from guests how they navigated their career path to get where they are today. This session will feature Imasiku Mufalo of  Enterprise.

The Art of Note Taking Workshop (Wednesday, September 15)

The Art of Note Taking Workshop
Wednesday, September 15 from 4 – 4:50 p.m.
Virtual
Hosted by the Academic Achievement Center

All good students do some sort of note taking. But not all good students take good notes! So, ask yourself: Do you sometimes struggle to keep up with the professor when taking notes in class? Do you wish your notes looked as good as your classmates’? Do you want to learn some new note taking techniques? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop may be a good choice for you! In under an hour, the Academic Achievement Center will demonstrate techniques and strategies that can help you improve your note taking, and give you the opportunity to practice and get feedback. Participants in this session will identify the purpose of note taking, practice three different note taking methods, and learn different strategies for using their notes as study tools.

RSVP ahead of time at go.uncg.edu/aac_owls or join the session directly at https://go.uncg.edu/aac_virtual_workshop

Strengthen Your Study Strategies Workshop (Tuesday, September 28)

Strengthen Your Study Strategies Workshop
Tuesday, September 28 from 11 – 11:50 a.m.
Virtual
Hosted by the Academic Achievement Center

The definition of a student is “someone who studies,” so you would think that we would all be experts at studying. However, with so many different techniques and strategies out there, I bet there are a few that even the most seasoned senior doesn’t know about. Want to learn some new approaches to studying and learning? Are you wondering if there’s another way to use your study time other than your tried-and-true methods? Come to this event and let the Academic Achievement Center show you some research-proven approaches to learning!

RSVP ahead of time at go.uncg.edu/aac_owls or join the session directly at https://go.uncg.edu/aac_virtual_workshop

Freshman Forum: Preparing for Spring Course Registration (Monday, October 4)

Freshman Forum: Preparing for Spring Course Registration
Monday, October 4 at 4 p.m.
Virtual
Hosted by Your First Year

This event will provide first-year students with helpful mid-semester information and preparation for Spring 2022 course registration. This program will allow you to connect with the academic advisors from your College or School to discuss the process and everything you need to know to be successful!

Check back here for more details as we get closer to the event date.

Overcoming Procrastination Workshop (Monday, October 18)

Overcoming Procrastination Workshop
Monday, October 18 from 6 – 6:50 p.m.
Virtual
Hosted by the Academic Achievement Center

You can only put off thinking about tomorrow so long before it catches up with you. Anyone who has felt the exhaustion of an all-nighter can tell you– it’s not a fun place to be. Good news, though! There are some tried and true ways to avoid procrastination. Let the Academic Achievement Center show you some specific and concrete steps to start unlearning procrastination. We’ll help you figure out why you put things off, and how you can set yourself up to stop it. This session will be held virtually via Zoom! Students, faculty, staff and alumni are all welcome to attend.

RSVP ahead of time at go.uncg.edu/aac_owls or join the session directly at https://go.uncg.edu/aac_virtual_workshop

Spartans Explore Career Series (Friday, October 22)

Spartans Explore Career Series
Friday, October 22 at 11 a.m.
Virtual
Hosted by Career & Professional Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spartans Explore Career series was built for exploration of different careers in a variety of industries. This series will help you gain knowledge about how to tell your story and how your skills will assist you in landing opportunities. Learn from guests how they navigated their career path to get where they are today. This session will feature Dey Zambrana-Soler, UNCG Graduate Student.

Register in Handshake to receive access link: handshake.uncg.edu

Memory & Focus Workshop (Thursday, October 28)

Memory & Focus Workshop
Thursday, October 28 from 2 – 2:50 p.m.
Virtual
Hosted by the Academic Achievement Center

Let the Academic Achievement Center help you figure out techniques and strategies to improve your memory and focus. This game-based workshop is engaging and fun, but you’ll walk away with some concrete ideas for how to shape how you think when you study. This event is hosted via Zoom!

RSVP ahead of time at go.uncg.edu/aac_owls or join the session directly at https://go.uncg.edu/aac_virtual_workshop

Test Prep & Technique Workshop (Wednesday, November 10)

Test Prep & Technique Workshop
Wednesday, November 10 from 10 – 10:50 a.m.
Virtual
Hosted by the Academic Achievement Center

If you’ve ever done poorly on an exam or test, and thought you need some new test taking strategies… this is the event for you. If you’ve ever done really well on an exam or test, and walked out of it thinking it didn’t go well… this event is for you. If you’ve always wondered how other people approach test taking… this is the event for you! Come to this Academic Achievement Center workshop to learn some new approaches to test preparation and test taking. We have a little bit of something for everyone, so stop by and pick up a few new tricks. Facilitated online via Zoom!

RSVP ahead of time at go.uncg.edu/aac_owls or join the session directly at https://go.uncg.edu/aac_virtual_workshop

Spartans Explore Career Series (Friday, November 12)

Spartans Explore Career Series
Friday, November 12 at 12:oo p.m.
Virtual
Hosted by Career & Professional Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spartans Explore Career series was built for exploration of different careers in a variety of industries. This series will help you gain knowledge about how to tell your story and how your skills will assist you in landing opportunities. Learn from guests how they navigated their career path to get where they are today. This session will feature Nicholas Fittz of Lockheed Martin.

Register in Handshake to receive access link: handshake.uncg.edu

First Finals Fest (Wednesday, December 1)

First Finals Fest
Wednesday, December 1 (time TBA)
In-Person (location TBA)
Hosted by Your First Year

YFY invites all first-year and transfer students to celebrate the end of your first semester! The celebration includes sweet treats, games, music, and free exam kits for everyone in attendance. In addition to all of the giveaways, various campus offices set up tables and provide students with valuable information to help you be successful during finals and at the start of your spring semester. The event is both fun and informative!

Check back here for more details as we get closer to the event date!