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First Year Experience

Davenport University's First Year Experience is dedicated to supporting incoming students so they can achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.

The First Year Seminar class is titled “Achieving Career and Educational Success” (ACES100). This is a three credit course for all Business and Technology majors designed to support students as they successfully transition to Davenport University. Students seeking degrees in the Health-related fields are required to take the equivalent course HLTH101. Strategies for achieving academic goals, analysis of learning styles and personality preferences, career exploration, and university resources are just a few of the many topics covered during these Foundation of Learning courses. 

The Freshmen Common Read program is facilitated through the First Year Experience office.  The 2016/17 Common Read Book selection is "Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck take you from Ordinary to Extraordinary" written by Linda Kaplan-Thaler and Robin KovalIt is a motivational book with numerous real life stories of folks who achieved success in work and life.

"In Grit to Great, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval tackle a topic that is close to their hearts, one that they feel is the real secret to their own success in their careers--and in the careers of so many people they know and have met. And that is the incredible power of grit, perseverance, perspiration, determination, and sheer stick-to-it-tiveness. We are all dazzled by the notion that there are some people who get ahead, who reach the corner office because they are simply gifted, or well-connected, or both. But research shows that we far overvalue talent and intellectual ability in our culture. The fact is, so many people get ahead--even the gifted ones--because they worked incredibly hard, put in the thousands of hours of practice and extra sweat equity, and made their own luck. And Linda and Robin should know--they are two girls from the Bronx who had no special advantages or privileges and rose up through their own hard work and relentless drive to succeed to the top of their highly competitive profession." 

To learn how you can succeed at DU, read the Top 20 Tips for Success in College

Here is a great read from Inside Higher Ed, by Julie Wollman the president of Edinboro University. "Becoming a Freshman, Again."

For additional information on First Year Programs, please contact:  

Dr. Jodi M. Hicks 
Director of First Year Experience
6191 Kraft SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Phone: 616-554-5825 Ext. 5825