Written by Arielle Cotoia
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program, mandatory for all new first-year students, will take place on Eastern's campus in June and July. The first session runs June 23-24. The program, which is designed to make first-year students aware of the resources available to them, consists of six (6) two-day sessions, during which approximately 155 incoming students per session will attend informational sessions and social events.
The goal of SOAR is to provide opportunities for new students to learn methods of academic and social success at Eastern. SOAR allows incoming students to meet other incoming students, current student leaders and members of the academic and student affairs staff. Students will receive academic advisement and register for the fall semester.
During SOAR, students will experience one overnight stay in Constitution Hall, one of Eastern's freshman residence halls, to give them an opportunity to experience life on campus. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in several group sessions facilitated by student orientation counselors (SOCs), where they will engage with other students socially, have discussions and be able to ask student leaders questions about their experiences at Eastern. There will also be sessions about living on campus and commuting to Eastern. Michael Miller, a motivational speaker, radio host and best-selling author of "Dare to Live -Teenager's Guide to Understanding Suicide and Depression," will join the students in all six SOAR sessions to inspire them about the college experience.