“Friend a Frosh”— an hour a month makes a world of difference!

October 8, 2012, 5:16 pm

“Friend a Frosh”— an hour a month makes a world of difference!  

It’s time again for Student Development’s Freshman Connect program, and we are looking for volunteers from every corner of campus to help with this endeavor.

If you haven’t been involved in the program before, Fresh Connect is designed to ensure that every freshman student has a hand extended to them by someone in the university to see how they are doing with the adjustment to college life, being away from home, handling new stresses in life, etc. Research shows that the majority of college freshmen decide within the first 4 to 6 weeks whether they are going to remain at the university they are attending. We want to make sure that no student slips through the cracks or perhaps chooses to walk away from NNU with the impression that no one ever reached out to them. If you look at your calendar, you’ll see we are right in that time frame.

That’s where your involvement becomes extraordinarily helpful! Early on, students have a high exposure to Student Development programs through Residential Life, Campus Life, Wellness Center programs, and student leaders. One of the things that NNU prides itself on is our sense of community, so we love inviting staff and faculty to participate whenever they are able. For Fresh Connect, we ask if you would be willing to take the names of 5 or 6 students and contact them for coffee, a conversation on campus somewhere, or in any way that you feel comfortable and appropriate.

If you’ve helped out with the program before, you’ll notice that we are asking for volunteers a little later than we have in the past. This is for two key reasons: first, it has given us a little more time to inform the freshmen that they will likely be contacted by a staff or faculty member. Our students will be expecting to hear from you! The second is that you might have already formed a connection with one or more freshmen students that you have in class, or perhaps have identified someone who might be at risk of becoming disconnected. If that’s the case, you might want to ask to have that student’s name assigned to you, which we will gladly accommodate!

If you would be interested in helping out, please respond as soon as possible with your interest and with the names of any specific students who you would like. Once we have reached the desired number, you will soon receive an e-mail with a few names (within the same gender category to alleviate some comfort-level concerns) and contact info. From there, it’s up to you when, where, and how you would like to connect with the students!

Thanks again for your time and service and for your interest in continuing to help build the community standard that we are so proud of here at NNU.

Please respond with interest to, or call 360-903-8559.

-Grant Miller


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