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MACM 101 First Year Experience

The First Year Experience Seminar is designed to help students achieve success in college as well as life by utilizing the eight On Course principles: personal responsibility, self-motivation, self-management, interdependence, self-awareness, lifelong learning, emotional intelligence, and belief in yourself. Students learn proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success as well as receiving an orientation to life at MacMurray College. The class meets once a week for an hour.

Catalog Description

MACM 101. The First Year Experience Seminar. (1) An introduction to the College, its history, its mission, its programs, and its opportunities. The course also addresses topics and issues of concern to today's college students: how to succeed at MacMurray; how to succeed after graduating; strategies for making the most of the college years, academically and socially; and an introduction to the resources available in the local community. Team-taught by faculty, staff, and student leaders, the class meets in small groups that use interactive, participatory approaches to discussion and learning. Required of all new first-year students. Offered every fall at a common hour.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, you, the student, should achieve the following course objectives.

  1. To take charge of your life. You will learn how to take personal responsibility, gaining greater control over the outcomes and experiences that you create both in college and in life.
  2. To increase self-motivation. You will learn to create greater inner motivation by discovering your own personally meaningful goals and dreams.
  3. To improve personal self-management. You will learn numerous strategies for taking control of your time and energy, allowing you to move more effectively and efficiently toward the accomplishment of your goals and dreams.
  4. To enhance relationships. You will learn how to develop mutually supportive relationships that will support you to achieve your goals and dreams as you assist others to achieve theirs.
  5. To heighten self-awareness. You will learn how to understand and revise your self-defeating patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion as well as your unconscious limiting beliefs.
  6. To maximize learning. You will learn a powerful process of learning that will enable you to get better grades in college and be an effective life-long learner. You will learn many effective study skills as well.
  7. To strengthen emotional intelligence. You will learn effective strategies for managing distressing emotions and increasing your inner sense of well being and happiness.
  8. To raise your self-esteem. You will learn how to develop self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-respect, self-love, and unconditional self-worth.
  9. To write more effectively. You will learn how to improve your writing skills through the extensive writing practice offered by your guided journal entries.
  10. To develop creative and critical thinking skills. You will learn how to enhance the thinking skills essential for analyzing and solving problems in your academic, professional, and personal lives.
  11. To achieve greater success in your career. You will learn and develop the personal qualities and skills that employers identify as essential for excelling in the world of work.
  12. To increase your knowledge about Mac. You will learn where to access information about the academic resources and policies at MacMurray College.

For more information, contact the Director of the Center for Learning Excellence, Education Complex, 2nd floor, at 217-479-7178 or via email.

Last updated: May 1, 2013