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The Canfield BHP First-Year Experience

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From day one as a student, you will be welcomed into the Canfield BHP family. After attending Leadership Kickoff at the beginning of the semester, you will know all of the students in your class and will have made lasting memories with them. You will also get to know your upperclassmen peer mentors. These mentors will be there for you to help you through your first year and you will have regular interaction with them during your first semester.

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Getting Started

The freshman experience begins with Leadership Kickoff, your official introduction into Canfield BHP, where you are assigned to a peer mentor group. Freshmen will also attend a seminar every Wednesday which will provide valuable information on resources available and tips on how to succeed over the next four years. BA 101H, a course to help you plan, implement and evaluate your post-graduation goals, rounds out your first-year experience.

Leadership Kickoff

Every freshman will attend the Kickoff retreat at the beginning of the school year, where they will get to know each other and upperclassmen in the program. The retreat is held in the Texas Hill Country and features fun, team-building activities. It is a program put on for the students by the students to ensure these new students have a great experience and get to know their peers well.

Wednesday Seminars

This weekly seminar for freshmen is facilitated by a Canfield BHP academic advisor and the Peer Mentors. Wednesday Seminars allow students to discover more about campus resources, strategies for success and unique opportunities across campus, all while getting to know each other and Canfield BHP upperclassmen better.

Peer Mentors

Canfield BHP juniors and seniors serve as Peer Mentors to incoming freshmen. Every freshman will be a part of a small group, usually 10 students, who are assigned a peer mentor. Mentors work with their group during Leadership Kickoff, Wednesday Seminars and BA 101H. They are there to help their mentees through their first year in college by making them aware of resources, answering questions and being a friend!

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