First Year Experience Program (FYE)

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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)

Creative Group: Students will explore the traditional FYE curriculum while infusing "creativity" as part of students' transitional phase to college. All students need is a passion for creativity!

Environmental Group: Students will explore the traditional FYE curriculum while infusing environmental education and activism as part of students' transitional phase to college.

Health & Wellness Group: Students will explore the traditional FYE curriculum while focusing on wellness. This group is dedicated to live an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle in an environment that is supportive of individual needs and differences. Seminars will explore different forms of wellness relating to the mind, body, and soul.

JUHAN: Students will engage and learn more about The Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN). Students will explore humanitarian action initiatives and begin to prepare for humanitarian action for career development or preparation to fulfill everyday civic responsibilities.

Leadership Exploration Group: Students will explore a nontraditional FYE curriculum through self examination of their personal leadership development.

Magis Scholars Group: All Magis Scholars will be pre-registered for this group. If you are a Magis Scholar, please ensure that you rank the Magis Scholar Group 1. These sections focus on developing a community with other Magis Scholars students. A variety of topics will be explored.

Media Group: Students will explore the traditional FYE curriculum while infusing various types of media (film, movies, online, etc.) as part of students' transitional phase to college.

Men's Group: Students will explore the traditional FYE curriculum while examining their gender identity as men.

Music Group: Students will explore the traditional FYE curriculum while infusing music as part of students' transitional phase to college. Playing an instrument is NOT a requirement. All students need is a passion for music!

Open FYE Group: This section is not connected necessarily to a common theme. FYE Open Groups focus on developing a community with other members of the Class of 2017. It is open for all discussions on a variety of topics.

Service Learning: Students will engage in the local community and connect their service experience with what they are learning and discussing in the FYE program related to active learning, critical reflection, service, and social justice.

Spiritual Exploration Group: Students will explore the traditional FYE curriculum while infusing spiritual development as part of their transitional phase to college. 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.

Sports Group: Students will use dialogue about sports as a way to highlight various parts of the transitional phase between high school and college. Students will explore topics relating to sports and society. All students need is a passion for sports!

Social Justice Group: Students will look at and evaluate who they are as individuals, who they are in relation to others, and what they can do as a global community. Through the lens of social justice and identity development, the students will look at issues both on campus and off campus as a way to understand their impact on the world and the impact the world has on them.

Women's Group: Students will explore the traditional FYE curriculum while examining their gender identity as women.