Strengthening The First Year Experience

Dr. Dan Ryan is the Director of OCC’s First Year Experience program. He’s pictured in the new Student Resource Center, located in Ferrante Hall room 262.

Onondaga Community College has a new program which is focused on helping new students of all ages succeed. The First Year Experience is the subject of our podcast, “Higher Education News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College.”

Dr. Dan Ryan is the Director of the First year Experience. He’s a native of Chicago who came to OCC one year ago and began crafting the program. The First Year Experience will include weekly Student Success Sessions which focused on a variety of valuable topics including :

  • Relationship building with faculty
  • Time management
  • Money management
  • Health and wellness

The First Year Experience will include First Year Mentors. These will be returning students who will share their knowledge with new students and help guide them.

The First Year Experience’s home on campus is the Student and Faculty Resource Center in Ferrante Hall, room 262.

The First Year Experience is the product of an outstanding cross-campus collaboration between Dr. Ryan and the following members of his work group: Jackie Barstow, Meredith Cantor-Feller, Denise Johns, Thomas Keenan, Ryan Nellenback, Lindsey Reider, Joseph Sullivan and Leanne Waterman.

Enjoy the podcast!

How to Start the Spring Semester Strong

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How did your last semester go Lazers? Whatever the outcome, we’re sure you want to start off the Spring semester strong. Here are our tips for new and returning students.

Pro tip: Register for a Start Strong Session before classes start to make sure you’re ready to excel this semester.

Ask for Help Early

The biggest mistake many students make is not asking for help until too late. Reaching out to us early for help ensures that we can support you throughout the process.

Feel like you’re going to have a tough time with a class?

Visit the Learning Center.

Need long-term assistance with putting food on the table?

Visit the Community Care Hub.

Whatever obstacles you might be facing, reach out to us early so we can help you in the best way possible.

Make Sure Your Financial Aid Package is Settled

Stressing about how you will be able to pay for school can distract from your studies. That’s why you should make sure your financial aid package is settled.

Contact the Financial Aid office today to make sure you have everything completed that you need for the upcoming semester.

Get Your Textbooks (And Save Money in the Process)

Getting the books you need for classes can be expensive. But it doesn’t need to be. Shop around for your textbooks to get the best price and don’t be afraid to buy used textbooks. Register for one of OCC’s Start Strong Sessions to get more tips and tricks on how to save money on your textbooks.

Help is here for you! Sign up for one of our Start Strong Sessions to begin your semester on the right foot.