Tony Vo

Esther Yang, Larissa Cioci, Catie Lenover, Amarice Manzerolle, Tony VoThe Natively Creative team won a trophy as the top performers in the Transform program. From left: Transform community leader Esther Yang mentored first-year students Larissa Cioci, Catie Lenover, and Amarice Manzerolle, pictured here with co-ordinator Tony Vo.

Program prepares students for university experience

During summer 2022, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) launched Transform, its school readiness program for first-year students coming directly from high school.

Incoming students met in person or online weekly over nine weeks and participated in a series of fun interactive exercises that gave them similar experiences to being in class — conducting research, taking mock tests, and working on team projects. At the same time, the program gave upper-year student mentors an opportunity to gain leadership experience.

Transforming the First Year Experience for FAHSS students

Making the transition from high school to university is an exciting and often stressful transition. This summer the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and, Social Sciences (FAHSS) launched a pilot program called Transform First Year for incoming first year FAHSS students to ease the transition and give them a jump on their first semester.