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Kent State University

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience Course

UC 10097, Section 198, CRN 19069, Fall 2016
Thursdays, 9:55am-10:45am, Bowman Hall 313

Faculty Instructor: Evan Faidley Student Success Leader: Monica Walker

Phone: (330) 672-3676 Email: mwalke64@kent.edu
Email: efaidley@kent.edu
Office: Center for Undergraduate Excellence Advisor: Kaylene Trimmer
Exploratory Advising Office (Suite 169) Email: ktrimme1@kent.edu

Required Course Materials

MBTI Online Assessment. Instructions for taking the assessment will be sent to your Kent State email
account prior to the assignment due date. The assessment costs $12.95 and can be paid by credit card
online with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will:

1. Engage in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving and written communication through
participation in and exploration of their college.
a. Understand the significance of life experiences that have occurred through the first semester of
b. Demonstrate how the significance of life experiences contribute to the development of future
2. Personally explore, experience, and reflect on their learning environments at KSU as well as on their
aspirations, roles, and responsibilities in this new phase of their professional education.
a. Identify the dimensions of their personality preferences through the MBTI
b. Recognize diverse perspectives and points of view that exist within the Kent State community
3. Learn the critical attributes of their college through programs and assignments designed to integrate
resources for professional development and preparation.
a. Locate, evaluate and interpret information regarding majors and careers
b. Articulate their individual purposes for pursuing degrees at Kent State
4. Identify and responsibly access resources and services in support of their student success across the
University through integrated assignments and pedagogy.
a. Recognize the importance of connecting with faculty, staff and resources as it relates to
academic and personal success

Students with Disabilities

University policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable
accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and
require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make
arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for
these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit www.kent.edu/sas for more
information on registration procedures).

Course Requirements

This course has been designed to be experiential in nature and classes are conducted on the premise that
regular attendance is expected. Two unexcused absences will result in the lowering of the final grade by
one full letter. Four absences will result in failure in the course. If you know that you will be absent
and/or need to discuss a personal matter that will result in reoccurring absences, please speak with me.

The official registration deadline for this course is September 4th, 2016. University policy requires all
students to be registered in each class they are attending. Students who are not officially registered for a
course by published University deadlines should not be attending classes and will not receive credit or a
grade for the course. Each student must confirm enrollment by checking his/her official class schedule
(using Student Tools & Courses in FlashLine) prior to the deadline indicated. Registration errors must be
corrected prior to the deadline.

The last day to drop this course without receiving a grade of W is September 11, 2016.

The last day to withdraw from this course or to process a Complete Term Withdrawal (formerly referred
to as exiting the university) is November 6, 2016.

Assignments (1000 Points Total)

1. Autobiography Chapter 1 (125)

Chapter 1 of your autobiography will describe the key influences in your life and the things you learned
about yourself prior to attending Kent State University. Knowing who you are, your values, and your
interests is a key part of the major and career exploration process.

Answer 2-3 questions per section. This chapter should take you at least one hour to complete and should
be two to three typed pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font). Give Chapter 1 a creative


What events, activities, people, have been the most influential up to this point in your life?
What was one of your favorite class in high school? Describe why this course was so meaningful
to you?
What has been your proudest moment? What did this moment mean to you?
What has been your greatest disappointment? What have you learned from this?
What activities/hobbies do you enjoy most? What about these activities/hobbies do you enjoy?
What was your favorite part-time job that you had? How did having a part-time job impact your
What leadership or volunteer experience had the biggest impact on you? What did you learn
about yourself from this experience?
Who are your role models? Why are they your role model?
What skills are you strongest at? How will these skills help you during your first semester at Kent
State University?

What will you accomplish moving forward?
What do you hope to accomplish academically during your first semester at Kent State University?
(e.g. I hope to study at least 5 hours each week. I hope to get an A on my first college assignment.)
What do you hope to accomplish personally during your first semester at Kent State University?
(e.g. I hope to find a major that I am passionate about. I hope challenge myself to step outside of
my comfort zone at least once each week.)
What do you hope to accomplish socially during your first semester at Kent State University? (e.g. I
hope to join at least one student organization this semester. I hope to meet at least one new
person each week.)
What skills would you like to work on during your first semester at Kent State University?
What challenges do you anticipate facing? How will you face these challenges? How will you
overcome these challenges?
How will you draw upon your past successes to accomplish your goals?

2. Career Maturity Inventory (CMI) Assessments (100)

The Career Maturity Inventory will provide you with the opportunity to gain awareness of
personal readiness for making career decisions (i.e., willingness to explore majors, knowing your career
interests or declaring a major). The assessment is based on the notion that students should approach
career decisions with a concern for their future, a sense of personal control over their
career, curiosity to experience and learn about different opportunities, and possess confidence in their
ability to make good choices for themselves. (Savickas 2005).

As a part of the FYE class, you will complete the CMI once at the beginning and again at the end of the
semester; each completed assessment will be worth 50 points. Results of the CMI will be discussed with
your academic advisor during required advising appointments. You must complete the initial CMI
assessment prior to your Meet and Greet advising appointment with your advisor. Together with
your advisor, you will use the results of the CMI to develop action steps, which will assist you in
confidently declaring a major at Kent State University.

To earn credit for each assessment, print copies of the confirmation e-mails you receive and submit them
to your instructor. Remember that you will take the CMI twice, and thus will need to provide your
instructor with two confirmation e-mails, once at the beginning of the semester, and once at the end.
Log in to take the CMI here: http://www.kent.edu/career/career-maturity-inventory

3. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Assessment and Reflection (100)

The MBTI is an assessment that provides you with the opportunity to identify and understand our
preferred mental functions and innate personality tendencies. With this knowledge, you can recognize
your unique style of making decisions, studying, managing time, relating to friends, family, roommates
and instructors and much more.

Instructions for taking the assessment will be sent to your Kent State email account prior to the
assignment due date. The assessment costs $12.95 and can be paid by credit card online with Visa,
MasterCard, American Express or Discover.

After completing the MBTI and participating in interactive debriefing sessions during two FYE classes,
you will complete a reflection worksheet that will be provided to you in class.

4. Community Engagement Experience (125)
As part of this course, you are required to participate in a hands-on experience offered between
September 12 October 29 (weeks 3-9 of the semester). The experiences range from career exploration
and professional development activities offered through the Career Services Center to service-learning
and volunteer experiences coordinated by the Office of Experiential Education & Civic Engagement.
Through these activities, you will have an opportunity to network with businesses and non-profit
organizations in the surrounding community, connect with other freshman students enrolled in FYE, and
meet staff and alumni who are providing leadership and facilitating reflective conversations. You must
pre-register for your experience no later than October 1 using this link
tinyurl.com/2016FYEcommunityengagement. Proof of attendance is required to earn credit for
participation and must be submitted by Week 10.

5. Meet & Greet Advising Appointment with Your Academic Advisor and Worksheet (100)
You will be meeting for 30 minutes with your academic advisor for a meet and greet appointment. The
advisor and student will discuss individuals transition to Kent State University, semester expectations,
and discuss major exploration.

To earn credit for this assignment, you must complete the Meet & Greet Advising Worksheet and have it
signed by your academic advisor. The worksheet will be completed after your advising appointment.

6. Rsum Reflection Activity (100)

After you complete a brief and required module about rsums (and why they matter) a Career
Services Center rsum expert will visit our class to share some interactive examples and talk about how
varied interests and experiences can be listed on a rsum. Please come to this class meeting with a
map of your past experiences (obtained from the module exercise that you complete prior to class
meeting) and you will work with a rsum expert to determine how you can list your experiences on a
rsum that you will actually be able to use.

For extra credit you will have the option to further develop your rsum by meeting with a Career
Services advisor in 261 Schwartz and then uploading your rsum into Flash@Work for a career advisor
to review. Flash@Work is the system that used for posting all on-campus employment opportunities and
a rsum is required to apply for any opportunity in the system.

7. Attendance at Confessions of a Golden Flash (50)

Confessions of a Golden Flash is a panel of trained Student Success Leaders who will provide an
opportunity for new first-year students to engage in a discussion with upper-class students regarding
their college experience. The purpose of the panel is to introduce new first-year students to upper-class
students who have returned to Kent State each semester and have made a commitment to earn a
bachelors degree. This discussion will provide new first-year students with their thoughts and
experiences as a college student, as well as insight on what strategies they could adopt that would help
them to reach their goal of graduating from Kent State.

Confessions of a Golden Flash is offered as part of the Student Success Series. To view the schedule and
to register visit www.kent.edu/success/student-success-series. Proof of attendance must be submitted
by Week 5.

8. A.L.I.C.E. Training (50)
As another form of safety preparedness, the Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the Division
of KSU Human Resources, has introduced the A.L.I.C.E. program to give participants insight and response
options when encountering an active shooter. A.L.I.C.E. is a crisis training program that stands for Alert,
Lockdown, Information, Counter and Evacuation. Participants are asked to think about what they would
do as the first responder in a crisis situation, and they are provided with a setting to proactively think
about their options. Having this type of information can help save not only your life, but also the lives of
others. The A.L.I.C.E. program was created by two Texas law enforcement officers soon after the
Columbine High School shootings occurred in Colorado. The training has since been adopted by many
educational law enforcement institutions in Ohio and throughout the United States. You must register in
advance for A.L.I.C.E. training here: http://www.kent.edu/success/alice-workshops. Proof of attendance
must be submitted by Week 8.

9. Autobiography Chapter 2 (125)

Chapter 2 of your autobiography will describe the key things you learned about yourself this semester
that helped you define your purpose as a Kent State University student. This assignment should take you
at least one hour to complete and should be one to two typed pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman,
12-point font). Give Chapter 2 a creative title.


Choose two or three past achievements that you shared in Chapter 1, and explain how they
influenced the decisions you made during your first semester as a college student.
Discuss one connection that you made at Kent State this semester (e.g. friends, faculty, staff,
advisors mentors, campus employer, campus organizations, support offices, etc.)? Why did you
make this connection? How does it relate to your overall reason for attending Kent State
What goals did you establish for yourself as a Kent State student with your academic advisor,
success coach, career counselor, instructor, or mentor that will guide you towards college
Using information you shared in Chapter 2, create two or three goals for yourself moving to next
semester and steps that will help you achieve those goals.

10. You in a Flash (125)

You in a Flash is a 30 second video that is an opportunity for you to tell your story. You should use
Autobiography Chapter 2 as the starting point for your video and then expand. This video should focus
on your growth throughout the semester and how this all fits into your larger purpose. Your video can be
shot using any type of device (e.g. cell phone, tablet, camera, computer, etc.) that you have. At the end of
the semester you will share your You in a Flash video with the class.

Late Assignment Policy

Late submission of assignments will result in the lowering of your assignment grade by 10 points per day
late. Assignments may be submitted via email, in class, or to the instructor.

Additional Expectations

Be on time for all class sessions. Faculty instructors have the right to refuse admittance to students
who are late and count this occurrence as a class absence.
Actively participate in all class sessions.
Read all assigned materials and complete all homework BEFORE class.
Submit your own work on all assignments unless otherwise stipulated. The highest level of academic
integrity is expected: cheating and plagiarism violates University policy.
If you must miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain any handouts or materials distributed,
complete readings and exercises.
All electronic devices must be turned off or on vibrate (if applicable) during class sessions.
As an Exploratory student, you are expected to actively investigate and explore majors on campus and
declare your major(s) or have an approved plan for major declaration no later than the completion of
45 semester credit hours. You will begin the exploration process early in your first year of college.

DKS: First Year Experience Course Topics by Week


Icebreakers/Team builders
August 26 Due: Common
Welcome College Student Expectations Reading Assignment
Assign: Confessions of a Golden
Week 1
Sept 1 Campus Resources for Success

FlashLine & Blackboard Tutorial

Assign: CMI Assessment, A.L.I.C.E.
Training, Meet & Greet
Appointment, Community
Engagement Experience &
Autobiography Chapter 1

Week 2 Academic Success Center Due: CMI Assessment

Sept 8 (must complete
1a; 4a
Labor Day Assign: MBTI Assessment prior to your Meet &
Monday Greet advising

Week 3 Developing Purpose Why are Due: Autobiography

Sept 15 You Here? Chapter 1 1a; 3b

Discuss Autobiography Ch1

Week 4 Career & Major Resources Due: MBTI

3a; 3b; 2b
Sept 22 Assessment

Week 5 Whats so different about college Due: Confessions of a

Sept 29 tests? Golden Flash
Majors and Minors
Expo (9/28) In Class Reflection Confessions
of a Golden Flash

Week 6 MBTI Part 1

Oct 6 Rockwell Hall 231
2a; 2b

Week 7 MBTI Part 2 Due: Meet & Greet
Oct 13 Rockwell Hall 231 Worksheet
2a; 2b
Assign: MBTI Journal

Week 8 Midterm Academic Check-In & Due: Alice Training

Oct 20 Spring Registration 1a; 4a
Due: MBTI Journal
Discuss MBTI Journal

Week 9 Diversity at Kent State University

Oct 27
In Class Reflection Diversity

Assign: Rsumania

Week 10 Experiential Experience Debrief

Nov 3 Due: Community
Where in the world with Global Engagement 1a; 1b; 3b
Education Experience

Assign: Autobiography Chapter 2

Week 11 Experiential Experience Debrief Due: Rsumania

Nov 10
Veterans Day Friday What does it mean to be 4a

Assign: You in a Flash

Week 12 Career Services Due: Autobiography 2a; 2b; 3a;

Nov 17 Chapter 2 3b; 4a
Assign: CMI Post-Assessment

Week 13 NO CLASS!
Nov 24 n/a
Thanksgiving Recess

Week 14 Whats next? Due: CMI Post- 3a

Dec 1 Assessment

Week 15 End of Semester Evaluations Due: You in a Flash

1a; 1b; 4a
Dec 8
You in a Flash Presentations

Assignment Tracking

Assignment Due Date Points Earned Points

Autobiography Chapter 1 125
CMI Pre-Assessment 50
CMI Post-Assessment 50
MBTI Assessment & Journal 100
9/22; 10/20
Meet & Greet Advising Appointment 100
Community Engagement Experience 125
Resume Worksheet 100
Confessions of a Golden Flash Attendance 50
ALICE Training Attendance 50
Autobiography Chapter 2 125
You in a Flash Video and Presentation 125
Participation 150
TOTAL 1150

To determine final grade, divide points earned by points possible and that will give you your final
percentage earned.


Grade Percentage C+ 76%-79.9%

A 95%-100% C 73%-75.9%
A- 90%-94.9% C- 70%-72.9%
B+ 86%-89.9% D+ 65%-69.9%
B 83%-85.9% D 60%-64.9%
B- 80%-82.9% F < 59.9%

Savickas, M. L. (2005). The theory and practice of career construction. In S. D. Brown & R. W. Lent
(Eds.), the American Association for Counseling and Development. Cincinnati, OH.

Meet and Greet Advising Worksheet
This worksheet is to be completed after you meet with your academic advisor for your Meet and Greet

1. What did you learn about yourself by reviewing your CMI results with your academic advisor?

2. What was it like to learn about the Exploration Action Plan?

3. What resources were most interesting to you and why? How could these resources assist you
towards your academic and personal success?

4. How has this process influenced you regarding your purpose for pursuing your degree at Kent

Student Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Appointment Date: ________________________________ Appointment Time: ______________________________________

Advisor Name: _____________________________________ Advisor Signature: ______________________________________