On August 26, the new Fall 2017 enrollees were introduced to the AUN 101 First Year Experience program.
Program coordinator Assistant Vice President Reginald Braggs said the course is designed to help students’ transition from secondary school to university.
“Additionally, this course serves to introduce students to the American style of teaching, AUN’s development university philosophy, and skills that will assist the student to succeed, both academically and socially.”
More than 190 students are currently enrolled in the course. Typically, not all students who register for this course are in their first year in college since transfer students also enroll in the course. Just like Ibrahim Muaza, an Economics student who transferred to AUN last semester and registered for the course then, every student gains a lot. He said it is not just an abstract course. “It is something you feel and you can touch.”
Muaza said that if a student were successful in the course, it would be a great aid in other courses. This is why he described it as an “all-around” course, a course that develops the student wholistically, not just academically. The course has a social component, athletic component, and others reflective of students’ lives such as judicial affairs, residential life, and advising.
Muaza also said that the course has helped him improve his public speaking ability, among other things. “This course also teaches you how to plan your degree so you will graduate in time.”
At the first meeting, certificates of appreciation were presented to Jelena Zivkovic, Shittu Ayodeji, Margaret Atuk, and Simon Caleb for their contributions to AUN 101.
Assistant VP Braggs also presented the trophy to the instructors of the winning team for the Spring 2017 championship: Esi Quao and Jelena Zivkovic. The championship of Fall 2017 will be decided on November 17 when there will be a competition among the current seven sections into which the course is divided.
At the kick-off event, the President of the Honor Society, Reuben Ikape, gave an introductory talk on what the Honor Society is about. He said that this organization, which has high achieving students, will help them when they have academic challenges since they offer tutoring services for students.
The Vice President of the SGA, Saeed Usman, also told students that the Society could help them when they have academic challenges.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa