The dinner I hosted with 22 students and a group of dedicated Nichols staff on Thursday evening, August 27, was more than the average cookout. It was the culminating event of this year’s Bison Bridge Program, which provides a head start for students particularly concerned about making the all-important transition from high school to college.
The five-day gathering introduced the incoming freshmen to important campus resources available for their success, from the Center for Student Involvement and the office of Residence Life to the Academic Resource Center and our signature Professional Development Seminars. Along the way, the new Nichols students learned about note taking, goal setting, and time management. The students also attended classroom segments to give them exposure to the faculty who will teach them in their first year, and a preview of the academic side of their life at Nichols.
Students from last year’s Bison Bridge program were on hand, and I noted how they had all become especially involved in campus life during their freshman year.
It wasn’t all work and no play for these students. Among their diversions were a PawSox baseball game, an ice cream social, and a pick up soccer game. During the celebratory cookout at my house, the Bison Bridge graduates each received a gift certificate for the Nichols bookstore.
They has already received a lot more in the previous week that will help all of them thrive in this next chapter of their academic lives.