Your First Year Success Series

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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 5 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:

  • Letter to your Dean about your accomplishment
  • Your name posted to our webpage
  • A printed Certificate of Success

Spring 2024
Event Schedule


Demos & Donuts: Career Software

Thursday, January 18 from 1 – 2 p.m.

CPD Office, Lower Level of EUC, EUC 01

This 1 hour workshop will provide students insight on the best ways to utilize helpful Career Software, like Handshake and LinkedIn to improve student networking skills. This collaboration with the Career Development Center will dive into how to begin your networking journey online.

Note Taking


How to College 101: Midterms Matter

Tuesday, February 6 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

EUC Commons

This pop-up event will have all of the information you need to be successful this midterm season. Stop by the table for some helpful tips and tricks to help you unpack your midterm grades and learn about what steps to take going forward.

Palentine’s Day: Speed Friending Edition

Demos & Donuts: Career Fair Prep


Demos & Donuts: Internships over the Summer

Thursday, March 14 from 1 – 2 p.m.

CPD Office, Lower Level of EUC, EUC 01

The semester is almost over and summer is almost here. Why not make the most of your summer and professionally better yourself? Join YFY and the Career and Professional Development Center as we discuss ways students be professionally bettering themselves this summer. Topics include, how to apply for internships, attending workshops, improving resumes, and more!

Teaching students how to make the most of your summer (ex: when to apply to summer internships, how to get involved over the summer, etc.)

How to College 101: Netiquette

Study Strategies


Test Prep

Tuesday, April 16 from 2 – 3 p.m.

AAC Office, Lower Level of Jackson Library, LIB 023

Stress less about that test with the AAC’s Test Prep workshop! Come join YFY and the AAC and learn how to become a test taking pro.

Second Year Launch

Meet Our YFY Success Series Winners

Fatima Galvan-Ruiz

First-Year Student
Lloyd International Honors College, Corazon Folkorico, ALPFA

“The most valuable thing I have learned from the YFY Success Series is to explore and learn about what UNCG has to offer to students. It is important to understand, because we go to school here, all the different resources and academic support we have at our hands. It may be hard to ask for help, but UNCG wants to see us succeed, they want to help us.”

Emanuel Smith

Second-Year Student
Lloyd International Honors College, SOS, Spartan Guide

“The YFY success series helped me a lot with transitioning from virtual high school to in-person learning. It helped strengthen skills needed to be successful in college like studying, note taking, and memory.”

Zainab Adamou-Mohamed

First-Year Student
Lloyd International Honors College, Muslim Students Association Co-Creative Director

“The YFY Success Series has helped me feel so much more prepared during my first year at UNCG. I gained several tools and contacts that helped me to succeed on an academic, professional, and personal level.”

Grace Jinks

First-Year Student
YFY Success Series Winner

“The most valuable thing that I have learned from the YFY Success Series is that I am not alone and that if I need help finding the right resources I can reach out and ask for help from the resources that are set up to help first year students.”