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Your Path to Success

You're a GPS Student!

What does that mean?

In the next year, you'll have opportunities to explore and embrace challenges, meet new people, share perspectives and develop skills most colleges and employers value most. You've got a year of amazing experiences ahead of you!

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First Year Kickoff:
Aug 22-Sept 2, 2022

Begin to experience a year like no other!

Your first two weeks on campus will help you build the foundation for success in college. Together with your GPS faculty mentor and peer mentor, you’ll explore how to learn in college. (Hint: it’s different than high school!) During this program, you'll participate in daily workshops designed to prepare you for the leap to college by understanding the differences between high school and college, exploring different kinds of courses, what it is like to be in a college classroom, and how to be successful. You’ll learn skills like time management and studying, make first year goals, develop plans to accomplish them and learn about resources you’ll work with in the coming year. We'll also spend some time exploring your interests and the corresponding degree path so you understand the road ahead and are excited to get started! You’ll have plenty of time to find your way around campus, too. And, maybe most important of all, you’ll make relationships that will be the cornerstone of your first year and beyond! Please note: if you are living on the Green Bay campus this coming year, you will move in on Sunday, August 21st.

Fall Semester:
First Year Seminar

Develop your skills to succeed.

During the fall semester, you'll take a GPS First Year Seminar with the mentors and classmates you were with during your first two weeks. This class will help you continue to develop and sharpen the skills you need to be successful in college. You’ll also be introduced to a real-world issue you and your classmates will wrestle with throughout the year. Your peer mentor will be there to help you get connected on campus, making sure you feel at home, and both of your mentors will help you stay on course and headed toward your educational goals throughout the fall!

GPS Sustainability Class
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Spring Semester:
GPS Spring Seminar

Make positive change in our community.

In the spring semester, you and your classmates will tackle an issue impacting our community under the guidance of your faculty mentor and peer mentor. Your goal: make positive change happen in our community! Along the way, you'll develop skills every employer wants college students to have, and you'll have the opportunity to build a plan for year two to make sure you get the most out of your time at UW-Green Bay.

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Have Questions?

Just ask. Vince Lowery, Director of Student Success and Engagement, is excited to have you in the GPS-Gateway to Phoenix Success program this year. If you have any questions, please just ask.

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