Welcome to JOURNEY – this retention initiative unique to the School of Education, Health and Human Performance, focuses on promoting student success by providing consistent support throughout a student’s entire collegiate experience. Journey is based on a number of simple but important concepts:
CREATING CONNECTIONS: “HEY STUDENTS - HEY CAROL” – This basic exchange begins during summer orientation and is the first step in our effort to personalize the student experience. Journey provides a welcoming environment that promotes the development of positive relationships between new students, the Journey Program, and the School of Education, Health and Human Performance community. “HEY CAROL” encourages students to bridge the silence many students experience during their first semester in college.
“INTENTIONAL WALKING” – New students often find themselves challenged by the academic, social and emotional issues associated with the college experience. Beginning with their first steps at Fairmont State and throughout their college years, Journey provides a place where students can ask questions, express concerns, and share moments of success. Whether you have set your sights on becoming a teacher educator, exercise scientist or any of the other 30 plus majors and minors in or associated with the School of Education, Health and Human Performance, it is important for you to know there is someone who will walk with you on this path.
“DEVELOPING A SENSE OF BELONGING” - As you embark on this amazing journey, keep in mind that Journey is just an email, phone call, or an office visit away. No question is stupid; no situation unimportant if it helps pave your way to success. I encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities you will have to participate in activities, events, and support organizations offered at Fairmont State University and by the School of Education, Health and Human Performance. GROW YOUR ROOTS as a college student. GRAB THE HANDS outstretched in front you! Both will increase your likelihood of success!
I look forward to walking with you as you pursue your college degree. It all begins with a simple “HEY.”