University Connections Information
Connections is a two-credit academic course designed to ease your transition to Utah State and to prepare you for your college experience. It is an optional course, but highly recommended if you want to gain an edge and learn exactly what it takes to be successful at USU.
In your Connections course, you will cover everything from how to develop the best college study and time management skills, to how to work with professors and use the Library. You will also discuss why you are enrolled in higher education in the first place, and how you can make the most out of the coming years. You will meet many new friends within your class and at the evening activities.
USU first-year students talk about Connections
"My Connections instructor was helpful in making the
transition to Utah State University, because she talked to the class a lot about what college life is like and what is expected of college students, as well as what we should expect as college students."
"I feel much more prepared for college than some of my freshman friends who didn't take the class."
"The required literature was the best part of my connections class. I enjoyed both the book and the discussions we had."
"My instructor was very effective in helping me transition to Utah State University. She helped us know how to read a class syllabus and encouraged us to stay organized. She gave us a taste of different programs we can become involved in, such as the Honors Program, the Service-Learning Program, and the Study Abroad Program. She helped us know what to expect and what we needed to do to be ready for college."
When you have finished the Connections course, you should be able to answer the following questions:
Why am I here?
- What is an educated person? How does an educated person contribute to his or her community?
- What role does general education play in educating a person?
- What role does the major play in educating a person?
How do I best engage myself in the process of becoming an educated person?
- What does an intentional student look like?
- What competencies do I need to develop in order to succeed?
- What resources are available to help me succeed?
How do I become a fully engaged member of the university community?
- What opportunities are there for me to have fun and to become more invested in the university community? (clubs and organizations)
- What is a learning community, and how do I go about building one?
- What are the benefits of a common literature experience?