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 requirement; learn about Baruch majors, academic regulations,and 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 and 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 time 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.