First Year Seminar introduces students to the mission and community of Calvin, and helps with the transition to university life and learning. Developing their abilities to think, discuss, and write, students will also learn more about the values that sustain this community of learners.
WEEK ONE - What is "vocation"?
A quick overview of how we define vocation at Calvin University.
Learn the value of a liberal arts education from philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff and University President Michael Le Roy.
WEEK TWO - Vocation of student: identity
Students give advice they wish someone had told them when they came to Calvin.
Every Choice Matters Intro
WEEK THREE - Vocation of student and beyond: resilience
University can be challenging, learn where to turn when faced with a challenge.
Nicholas Wolterstorff describes how students should look at the world and how he coped after his son’s death.
WEEK FOUR - No class (conferences)
WEEK FIVE - Vocation of student: practices
Learning to balance life at university is tough, hear what some students have to say about it.
What makes a student successful at Calvin? Hear what some students have to say.
Vocation of citizen
The From Every Nation or FEN document grows out of Calvin’s commitment to build a welcoming community that reflects Revelation 7:9.
Predident Le Roy reminds students that diversity of opinion is good for University presidents, professors, and students.
Vocation of professor
Getting ready for the next semester & choosing classes can be frightening; don’t worry your advisor can help.
Biology Professor Amy Wilstermann encourages students to explore the living world.
While you shouldn’t give the same advice to everyone, Le Roy and Wolterstorff give their best tips to students.
History Professor Young Kim describes his goal to teach students the skills of writing, reading, and speaking.