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I like being right on campus so I don't have to get up super early for classes. And if I ever forget anything, I'm right there so I can just run and grab it.
- Kayleigh S. (Sophomore, Richards Hall)
Freshman Interest Group (FIG)
College is an adventure, always fun and exciting, but sometimes scary and confusing. FIGs provide an instant family to support you as you navigate college life. Each FIG is limited to 16-18 students who live on concurrent floors in our traditional-style halls, Mountain View and Valley View Tower.
Students participate in their FIG for an entire year with the option for one course credit in the spring. Your (Peer Mentor (PM)) is your course instructor and will organize regular activities based on your FIG theme. On average, your PM will plan 6-8 programs a semester. A passing grade is based on attendance and participation in these programs each semester, a time commitment of 1-2 hours a week.
Students do not need to be in a particular major to participate in any of the FIGs. There is a one-time activity fee of $50 ($75 for Outdoor Adventures) that will be added to your fall semester rent. This fee is used for travel, food, and program supplies.
Outdoor Adventures: Outdoor Adventure is dedicated to exploring opportunities to engage in challenging and rewarding outdoor experiences. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to meet weekly to discuss outdoor activity opportunities, and to participate in a variety of events throughout the semester. Past FIG programs have included: skiing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and camping.
Appreciating the Arts: Appreciating the Arts is dedicated to both learning about and creating art in a wide variety of mediums. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to learn about local art exhibits, and to participate in a variety of program throughout the semester. Past FIG programs have included ice dyeing, paint splatter art, sidewalk chalk art and attendance at USU theater performances.
Education: Education is dedicated to helping students gain a hands on understanding of the teaching process, as well as develop experience with a variety of potential classroom activities. Students in the Education FIG will receive reminders about important enrollment and testing deadlines within the Education department. Past FIG programs have included lectures at education faculty's homes, science fairs, and trips to education-themed exhibits in Salt Lake City.
Science and Society: Science and Society is dedicated to helping students gain experience with the multitude of ways in which science affects our world. Student in the Science FIG meet regularly to discuss topics related to the theme, attend university sponsored lectures, and engage in hands-on scientific activities. Past program have included hosting science fairs for local children, constructing catapults for a target shooting competition, and a good-old-fashioned egg drop.