First Year Experience Program (FYE)
First-Year Experience Program (FYE)
This upcoming year, first-year students stay with the groups formed at Orientation and participate as a group in the First Year Experience (FYE) program, which commences in the fall. The FYE program provides a foundational understanding of the Fairfield experience and will empower students to take advantage of all Fairfield has to offer. The program consists of a non-credited weekly seminar, mentorship, and attendance at signature campus and FYE events throughout the academic year. FYE explores academic planning, hookup culture, time-management, roommate conflict, homesickness, financial literacy, and more.
FYE Themed Sections
These sections have a common theme and are not tied to a student's living environment (i.e., residence hall)
- Career Group: Your career starts now! This group is here to help you realize and set your career goals the minute you walk in the door at Fairfield. The students in this group will begin the career development process from reflecting on their own interests and passions, to exploring potential careers, to gaining exposure to various career related tools and topics (resume, cover letters, networking.)
- Commuter Group: Looking to meet other students taking advantage of living near campus and commuting? Commuter Students have the option to opt-in to a commuter only FYE section, to discuss topics of first-year transitions. The goal is for these students to develop a community in which they can share their passions, accomplishments and struggles and how they may be different for commuter students.
- Creative Group: Do you love drawing, music, writing, painting or photography? This group is a place for students with a passion for creative expression and the avenues it provides for reflection, expression and problem solving. Together these students will find creative ways to take full advantage of your first year at Fairfield. All students need is a passion for the arts!
- Leadership Exploration Group: Learn. Grow. Lead. As a community of students dedicated to enhancing their leadership skills, this group is formed under the idea that anyone can be a leader. Students in this group will support each other on a path to self-awareness, through self-examination of their personal leadership development.
- Magis Scholars Group: Are you looking to make decisions for “the more universal good”? All Magis Scholars will be in one of our Magis groups and together they will explore what it means to strive for this Jesuit ideal as they transition to the Fairfield community and Magis community. If you are a Magis scholar, please choose this as your first choice.
- Men's Group: What does it mean to be a man on a college campus? Men in the group will develop a community in which they can openly discuss the experiences of first-year transition through the lens of their gender identity. Some men find that this common experience strengthens their first-year experience.
- Music Group: "Music can change the world because it can change people."- Bono. Whether you like to listen to or create music, this group brings students with a passion for it together. These students will explore how to infuse their love for music with their transition to Fairfield, and together find harmony.
- Open Group: These groups bring first-year students with a variety of experiences and interests together in order to discuss topics of first-year transitions. The goal is for these students to develop a community in which they can share their passions, accomplishments and struggles. The open theme allows for conversation to go in many directions.
- Service Learning Group: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi. Students will engage in the local community and connect their service experience with their college transition. This is a great entry into the many opportunities Fairfield has for service.
- Service Learning- Humanitarian Action Group: Students will engage and learn more about The Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN). Students will explore humanitarian action initiatives and complete a service learning FYE curriculum in the local community working with ESL students in a local high school.
- Social Justice Group: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”-Martin Luther King, Jr. Through the lens of social justice and identity development, these students will look at issues both on campus and off campus and your transition between the two. These students work together to understand their impact on the world and the impact the world has on them.
- Spiritual Exploration Group: Keep calm and search on. All students need is a passion for exploring the “big” questions of life. All students, regardless of religious affiliation, are welcome to participate in this group and explore spirituality and the ways they can integrate it into their college experience.
- Sports Group: Sports can bring people together, even if one team has to win. Together this group will deepen their understanding of teamwork while bringing out the healthy competitive spirit in its members. These shared interests will help us navigate the college transition.
- Women's Group: What does it mean to be a woman on a college campus? Women in the group will develop a community in which they can openly discuss the experiences of first-year transition through the lens of their gender identity. Some women find that this common experience strengthens their first-year experience.