First-Year Students, Pen Pals, and Educational Transitions: A Service-Learning Project

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Hannah Middleton (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Scott Hicks

Abstract: Throughout the academic career of a student, many important transitions occur. One of the most important transitions is that from high school to college made by first-year university students. This project takes a close look at this transition through the researcher’s experience coordinating a service-learning project that engages first-year students. Since fall 2016, UNCP students enrolled in Honors UNV 1000: First-year Seminar have participated in a service-learning project in which they write letters to middle school students enrolled at CIS Academy in Pembroke. Their letters relate their experiences as a new student at the university, what they are experiencing as they transition from high school to university, and advice about how their pen pals can also successfully make this transition. The CIS students in turn advise their first-year pen pals about success in school, describe their hopes and goals for the future, and ask questions about the experiences of university students.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2019
First-year University Students, Educational Transitions, Pen Pals, Service-Learning,

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