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The Pugh Center First Year Transition Program is a first year transition and retention experience designed for students of color (ALANA). The program includes various events, including student mentors, Student of Color Welcome Reception, Student of Color First Year Retreat, weekly study sessions and breaks, off campus excursions, and an end of the year celebration.
Each first-year student in the program is matched with an upper-class student. Mentors and mentees should meet with each other regularly to act as another resource to navigating the college experience. Initial contact with mentee is made during the summer. Mentees and mentors are encouraged to meet during the Student of Color First Year Retreat.
Student of Color Welcome Reception
During orientation students are invited to the Pugh Center for refreshments. Students have an early opportunity for networking during a meet and greet with faculty/staff and other campus community members.
Student of Color First Year Retreat
The Student of Color First Year Retreat is scheduled for the first weekend of the academic year. The schedule includes a meet and greet with mentors and workshop activities on the first day. The next day is an all expenses paid overnight trip with the group, sightseeing and exploration of a destination within the region.
Study tables allow students to work with other students taking the same class as you. Mentors and student-tutors with proficiency in certain subjects will often be in attendance. Study Tables are an interactive and engaging experience, we recommend bringing notes and preparing questions. Refreshments will be provided.
Almost all Colby students would agree that the campus environment could become a “bubble” sometimes. Some examples of activities might include bowling, movie and game nights, ice-skating, skiing, day hiking, biking and many others to support further bonding of scholars in the program.
End of Year Celebration
The first semester of college is the most challenging in adjusting to both the academic pace and the social climate. You’ve made it! Join us for a time of celebration in December to recognize your achievements.
*Students interested in participating in The Pugh Center First Year Transition Program are encouraged to submit an application before August 10, 2013.