Your first semester usually begins with courses in the college's General Education (GE) Program. GE courses are a good way to explore the range of academic programs on campus as well as develop skills in writing, researching and critical inquiry.
Your schedule might include courses that are part of FIG (First-Year Interest Group) or FYI (First-Year Initiative). For those of you in majors with very structured curricula (engineering, many of the natural sciences, art), your schedule will also include your major's required introductory or foundation courses.
A few weeks into the semester, you will be assigned an academic advisor. Get to know your academic advisor early, specifically to seek help if you have questions or concerns about a course or an issue affecting your academic performance.
Become involved in campus life, too. The college has over 120 student organizations, as well as lectures, plays, musical performances and art exhibits available on a regular basis. You might also want to consider undertaking a community service project, such as those offered through the college's AmeriCorps program. In short, take advantage of all New Paltz has to offer you!
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