No matter the level of academic preparation or the distance a student goes from home, the transition to college can be both exciting and overwhelming. For some students it's the size of the campus, for others it's being the first one in their family to go to college, and for others it's establishing a social support system.
The Potter College Living Learning Community was formally established in Fall 2012 to address some of these concerns. The community is restricted to first-year Potter College majors, with students who are Exploratory within Arts & Humanities given first preference at spaces.
The students take three linked introductory courses: PCAL 175 Potter College University Experience, COMM 145 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, and SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology. The classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a scheduled lunch break in between.
The three instructors link the content and assignments of the courses to help first-year students understand how academic content crosses disciplines and several out-of-class experiences are offered to the group (at no cost to students). Additionally, the instructors meet to share concerns they have about students' academic performance in the hopes of recognizing potential issues and providing early intervention, if possible, and the PCAL 175 class is taught by an Academic Advisor.
While living on-campus is not a requirement of the LC, those who do live on-campus can opt to live in an all male or all female residence halls with other on-campus members of the LC. To select this living option please indicate a preference for the applicable hall on your application, and PCAL will submit your name for placement. Feedback from student participants has been overwhelmingly positive:
• "High school to college is a huge transition and I think it (the LC) helped cushion the fall."
• "I'm glad I had the ability to be put in the learning center program because it helped build bonds with people who I might not have met, unless I did, and I've met some of my best friends through it."
• "It's a great way to get to know people and get transition to college."
• "I loved having this (the LC) my first year. It was awesome to know who all was in my classes all day."
• "It (the LC) really gives you that exposure and transitional time to really figure out what you want to do."
For more information on the program or to reserve a space for the upcoming Fall, contact Cierra Waller, Community advisor and PCAL 175 instructor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.