Your freshman year will probably be the most challenging and most exciting
of your college career—if you are in the SEEK Program, you will have a
support system in place to help ease your transition, beginning with the SEEK
As SEEK students, you won't have to worry about registering for classes, paying for books, getting a graphing calculator for your math class, or figuring out the policies and procedures of the college—we'll
make sure you know everything you need to know from day one.
How is freshman year different for SEEK students? In some ways, it's exactly the same as it is for non-SEEK students.
As a student in the SEEK Program, you will be encouraged to develop your own sense of self, something that is often discouraged in high school. However, your counselor is always there to guide you as you navigate your way through your freshman year.
You take the same classes—prerequisites for upper-level classes, pre-business classes (if you want to go into business) general education requirements, etc. However, you do not need to go through the hassle of registration. We will register for you and make sure you work with some of the best professors on campus.
Your own counselor
Most Baruch students must share an advisor with thousands
of other students. SEEK students have their own counselor who stays with you
through graduation and often beyond. He or she provides personalized academic
advisement, helps you choose your courses, your major and your minor, and helps
you develop a plan for your life after you graduate. They will be there for you,
to help and guide you, no matter what concerns you may have. The counselors at
SEEK are very experienced in what they do and extremely devoted to their students.
You will get the kind of attention that college students often desire but rarely
Your Freshman Seminar is different than the Freshman Seminar that general
students attend in that it is lead by your counselor, as well as one or more
peer mentors. The peer mentors are generally successful sophomores or juniors
in the SEEK Program. They will share their experiences and insights with you
and be there to answer your questions. They will be especially helpful to you
during your adjustment period, introducing you to their lives and helping you
establish your own place in the program and at the college in general.
The Freshman Seminar class meets once a week throughout your freshman year.
You will acquaint yourself with the college's requirements, learn about Baruch majors, academic regulations, college services, and will be given a blueprint for success as you learn the skills necessary to be an active learner and to excel academically. Through an examination of educational and personal issues, you will develop the skills necessary to make wise personal and academic choices. You will see that the challenges you face in college are the same challenges you will face throughout your lives. The coping skills you learn in Freshman Seminar will serve you throughout your life.
You will see that Baruch, and all colleges these days, emphasizes the importance of strong communication skills. Therefore, in your Freshman Seminar, you will have your first opportunity to make an oral presentation. SEEK even has its own communications specialist who will work with you as you develop your presentation.
Finally, in the spring semester, you will be asked to explore your interests and goals and focus on understanding your values, empowering you as you look toward making decisions about your major and career. You will explore career options, take a career test to reveal your personal strengths and the careers that are best suited to your personality. You will also receive training in EXCEL, which will hopefully be helpful no matter which career you chose. We spend a good deal of making sure you have a great chance of passing Baruch's EXCEL test (the Simnet) early in your college career.
You will soon see that everything you do in college will influence your goals,
hopes and dreams. Basically, Freshman Seminar helps you prepare for college,
and college helps you prepare for the rest of your life. The class and its instructors, as well as your classmates, are there to guide and support you.
Your Freshman Community
During your freshman year, you will take most of your classes with the same people, those in your Freshman Seminar. Some courses will include only those in your Freshmen Seminar; others will have a larger student population including both SEEK and non-SEEK students in addition to your seminar group. This means that you will get to know a cohort of students whom you can study with and rely on for support. Research has shown that having this support system in place is essential for success in higher education. Most students develop friendships that continue throughout their college careers and often after they graduate.
Basically, your freshman year allows you to explore the options and opportunities you will delve into during your college years. You will have the chance to study a variety of general education courses that will help you build your foundation of knowledge and help you develop the thinking skills you will use throughout college and the rest of your life. You will meet and interact with a cross-section of the university in campus-wide social and cultural events. You will attend lectures and workshops concerning professional careers and interact with important leaders in business, politics, both on a national and international level.