Real Life VS. College Life
As a freshman at Delaware we all have certain classes we are required to take. I know for me, the classes I have to take are FYE and English. My other classes are Sociology, Finance, nutrition and a physical education class.
Aside from the two classes I was required to take, I could choose all my others. In high school I took all I.B. classes so there was little room in my schedule for classes of my choice or electives. When I was choosing classes for my freshman year I was so excited to learn about things that really interested me. My college classes are teaching me things that I will need in life, and things that will help me forever in whatever field I decide to go into. When I found this article I was really interested in what this FYE class did. We have an FYE class also that does some of the same things and this one.
In the article Intertwining college with real life: the Community College First-Year Experience by Renee Cornell and Mary Lou Mosley, they discuss how FYE at PVCC prepares the students for real life and how to succeed once they leave the school.
Like our FYE classes at Delaware all the students in a class take similar courses and have the same teachers so students are able to find others who can help them in classes they need it. The class also provides advice from teachers and other students whenever needed. But the really cool thing that this class does is it has students take what their learning in their classes and from previous experiences and shows them how to connect everything. They show the students how what they are learning in class connects to the outside world.
I think it’s really important to give students skills they will always find useful and can apply to other areas. Sometimes students sit in class and say “when am I ever going to need this in real life” so I think it is so cool that this class helps them connect everything and see the bigger picture. It shows the students that what they are learning is important and necessary to know for their future.
Look for the post of the article on my blog.