New Student Seminar [CRN 83303]

Discipline: Intra-University
Instructor: DiGregorio
Credits: 1
Day: A
Start: 0830
End: 0930
Field Work: Day 1 | September 15, 2019 | Poland
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Students will utilize critical thinking skills to create a successful transition to the Semester at Sea experience. This transition includes assessment of values, skills, and interests to reflect on individual purpose and develop goals for educational and professional aspirations. Information literacy skills will also be enhanced by learning how to be academically successful in their coursework and within an academic discipline of interest; as well as planning and executing meaningful port experiences. Students will determine how to best advocate for themselves in identifying resources and opportunities, developing a curricular and co-curricular engagement plan, and engaging and reflecting on those experiences. Additionally, the class provides opportunities to develop community with other Gap Year students through intergroup dialogue for a deeper understanding of various social identities and cultural backgrounds.


This class is required for all Gap students — those who have completed high school but have yet to begin their degree program at a 2-year or 4-year college campus, whether admitted or not.

Field Work

Country: Poland
Day: 1
Date: September 15, 2019

The exchange with college students in Poland will include interaction in pairs and small groups sharing information about culture, college life, advice about college, pop culture, family life, educational background, and career aspirations.
Students will write a 1-2-page reflection paper on this experience sharing what they learned, what questions arose, and how this experience informs planning for future port experiences.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn about the Polish culture from local college students
2. Learn about the Poland college experience, which can inform his/her experiences with Semester at Sea courses
3. Participate in a meaningful port experience to stimulate planning impactful port experiences during the voyage