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Freshmen split on mandatory First Flight Week

Freshmen split on mandatory First Flight Week

Freshmen split on mandatory First Flight Week
August 26
12:16 2014

Paul Wedding / Intern Writer

In order to better acclimate freshmen to college life, UNT created First Flight Week, a week of events created in order to start them off on the right foot in the next stage of their lives.

But this year, instead of being optional First Flight Week is mandatory for all incoming UNT freshmen and transfer students.

First Flight leader Khari Henderson said that the reason First Flight Week was made mandatory this year was because of a study that showed other colleges with similar events for students had substantially larger graduation rates.

“By making it mandatory, it should and will improve the college career of freshmen,” Henderson said. “Not to mention making more and closer friendships within their dorms and all over campus.”

There are penalties for students that do not attend these First Flight Week events. Those that choose not to show up to the events are forced to attend mandatory student life and university sessions over the first six weeks of the fall semester.

Many of the First Flight events teach freshmen the basic skills they will need to learn in college, such as using the school technology, money management and introductions to many of the school’s facilities, such as the library and the recreation center. They also had guest speakers come to speak, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Students also had a chance to get a better idea of the major they chose. They meet with faculty of their major department and socialize with other students in their major.

The freshmen and transfer students are organized into groups of about 40 and are assigned to a First Flight leader.

“We hang out and guide them to different events around campus, eat with them if they want, and we give them an idea of the UNT experience,” Henderson said.

Henderson feels it is a smart way to get freshmen involved with other students from their dorms and meet upper classmen.

Many of the freshmen are split on First Flight Week. Freshmen music major Joseph Nunez believes much of First Flight Week is pointless and redundant.

“It feels like orientation over again,” he said. “There isn’t much purpose.”

Freshman Andrew Williams, however, has a more positive look on First Flight Week.

“It is a lot of help for incoming freshmen,” Andrew Said. “It lets them see all of the resources available to them in college.”

Featured Photo: New students gather outside and socialize in front of the Coliseum while they wait for it to open for new student convocation. Convocation took place on August 21st as a part of First Flight Week. Photo by Brian Owens – Intern Photographer

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