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Easing the Transition to College

Written by Kristin Leffler

Students participating in a FYRE class

The first year of college can be overwhelming, but Ithaca College’s First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) provides opportunities outside the classroom to learn, connect, and transition into college life.

All first-year students become part of an educational community where they have the opportunity to participate in themed programming offered by resident assistants and faculty members. The themed programming coincides with the students’ theme of choice for the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC). Students can choose from six different themes (see sidebar).

Last year, Sarah Pearson ’17 attended a number of FYRE programs, including a de-stress event, a hike on IC’s Natural Lands, and a painting event exploring identity. “Each event gave me the opportunity to discover more about IC and the students here,” she said.

Visit ithaca.edu/icc to learn more about the ICC.



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