The Office of Student Development realizes the difficult transition student-athletes must make between high school and college. In an effort to appease freshmen anxiety and create a smooth transition we offer our Freshmen Experience program. Our student-athletes participate in a variety of events and activities geared towards making their first year at East Carolina a success.
Freshmen orientation is specifically designed to help student-athletes acclimate to their new environment. Orientation covers topics ranging from:
- Student Life
- Campus Living
- Social Networking
- Interpersonal Faculty Relations
- Time Management
COAD 1000 & Study Skills Seminars
All incoming freshmen student-athletes have the opportunity to take the COAD 1000 class during their first semester at ECU. The class focuses on the development of academic skills, learning processes, career decision-making and personal attributes essential for student success. The Office of Student Development also offers study skill seminars, taught by our Learning Specialist, which are available for teams or individuals who may require extra training in study skills, note taking skills, or test taking skills. These seminars are offered on an as needed basis at the request of a student-athlete, academic coordinator, or coach.
At the beginning of the fall semester, freshmen student-athletes are given the opportunity to meet each other through a variety of Student Development sponsored social activities:
- Life Skills Workshops
- Freshmen Speed Meet
Throughout the school year, freshmen student-athletes will have an opportunity to participate in various community outreach initiatives through the Office of Student Development and their sport team:
- Holiday Canned Food Drive
- Elementary School Reading Days
- Relay for Life