The theme of the inaugural First Engagements seminar was “Making Sense,” a nod to new students’ efforts to make sense of their transition from high school to college.
In 2012 all first-year students read:
Check out some of the other activities from August term 2012.
August term is the first component of Transylvania's distinctive experience for first-year students. It’s the time for students to focus on making a successful transition from high school to a liberal arts college, both academically and socially.
In this three-week term before upperclass students return to campus, first-year students work together to sharpen their critical, analytical, and interpretative skills while making new friends and discovering new interests. It’s the perfect opportunity to get oriented to college life; participate in a wide range of social and intellectual activities; forge a new identity with classmates; learn about the campus; and explore the Lexington community.
Students will also earn a full unit of course credit for the First Engagements seminar. Approximately 15 students, a professor, and an August term scholar (an upperclass Transylvania student who will serve as a mentor both in and out of class) will meet each day to learn from shared readings and discussions related to a particular theme.
To relieve some of the pressure of their first college course, students will not receive traditional grades for the First Engagements seminar. They will, however, receive feedback about their assignments from their professor and will ultimately receive credit for satisfactory work or no credit for unsatisfactory work. Through this process, students will begin to understand the expectations of a Transylvania scholar and the demands of a liberal arts curriculum.
Questions? Contact John Svarlien, professor of classics and academic director of August term.