New Course Introduced For First-Year Students

As Lynn continues its journey following the 2020 strategic plan, the university is finding new ways to expand and improve students’ overall university experience.

This year, the university has made it a point to help new students settle smoothly into campus life through a new course, LYNN101.

The LYNN101 first-year seminar is intended for new Fighting Knights to teach them more about the university in the hopes of integrating them into the Lynn community.

The one-credit course covers an array of Lynn-related subjects such as the available programs and offices on site, as well as course-related topics such as citations, plagiarism, internship opportunities and more.

“Coming from high school, the LYNN101 course helped me familiarize myself with the new educational learning system Canvas and how to properly use my iPad during my classes,” said Blake Frame, freshman.

Students taking the first-year course meet twice a week, allowing them to connect with their fellow classmates while learning about all the things that Lynn has to offer.

“LYNN101 has helped me better understand all of the resources available to me,” said Tatiana St. Juste, freshman. “Especially the Career Connection Center, they have already helped me find possible internship opportunities.”

This course ties in well with other new programs that the university has enacted in order to create success at Lynn. First introduced in 2015, the First 40 program was created to help students interact and settle in during their first six weeks as college students.

“The first six weeks are critical,” said Theresa Osorio, assistant dean for student involvement. “If we can connect them to other students, faculty and staff into those first 40 days, we’ll keep them and they’ll be better students and better alumni.”

The First 40 is six weeks of non-stop programs and events such as karaoke, a color run, pool parties, bonfires and more. These events not only produce a fun environment for the freshmen, but it also integrates them into university culture.

As the First 40 events come to an end, the student activities board makes sure to create a memorable finale for the new freshmen class. In past years they have closed out the events with various performers. However, this year the campus will be featuring Saliesh the Hypnotist.

Both the LYNN101course and the First 40 programs are sure to help first-year students adapt to the Lynn lifestyle.

Victoria Alvarez

Originally from Pembroke Pines, Fla., Victoria Alvarez graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's of arts in multimedia journalism in May 2017. Originally from Pembroke Pines, Fla., Victoria Alvarez graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's of arts in multimedia journalism in May 2017. Alvarez is now pursuing a master of science in communication and media practice at Lynn while serving as a graduate assistant for the College of Communication and Design. After working at beIN Sports as a production assistant this past summer, Alvarez hopes to take what she has learned to continue her career in the journalism industry.

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