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The TRIO-SSS Students Success courses are designed to ease the transition to college by providing technological and academic skills, as well as knowledge of resources and the information necessary to be successful students at Oregon State and productive citizens. In these classes students will learn the importance of self-reliance and the skills necessary to be self-sufficient at OSU.
First-year and transfer students who have been admitted during fall term in the TRIO-SSS program are required to take this course and will receive two tuition free credits.
ALS 109 is designed for TRIO-SSS students to ease the transition to college by providing them with the skills and information necessary to be successful students and productive citizens. Learning about resources and the career decision-making process will enrich their college experience and help them achieve their academic goals. Students will also learn the importance of self-reliance and the skills necessary to being self-sufficient. This course will create greater self-awareness of how students’ identities (values, experiences, identities, etc.) impact how they will move forward. Greater self-awareness will lead to greater self-authorship for their educational experiences.
UEXP 399 is open to all TRIO SSS transfer students enrolled in their first year at OSU. Navigating the transition to a new university can be a particularly exciting and challenging experience. This class is designed to help facilitate your transition by improving your knowledge of the research university, guiding you through pertinent policies, procedures, and resources, assisting you in identifying key skills and strategies for success, and encouraging community and student engagement. Critical thinking, group collaboration, and class participation are emphasized as students honor their past experiences and explore advice from other transfer students and administrators
Decisions students make during college are based on their own identity and experiences. These choices will affect all aspects of their lives, including interests and values, and career paths they choose. This course is designed to ease transition from college to career by providing skills and information necessary to move into a successful career upon graduation. Learning about resources and career decision-making process will enrich job search experiences and help achieve career goals. Course will create greater self-awareness of how identities (values, experiences, etc.) impact how they will move forward. Greater self-awareness will lead to greater self-authorship for their future.
The US educational system does little to prepare students for managing their financial lives. This course intends to fill that gap by considering a wide variety of financial and “adulting” topics, so that TRIO SSS graduates can leave Oregon State University with knowledge and familiarity of financial concepts, as well as a plan in place to meet their financial goals. Regardless of whether they are very familiar with financial topics or completely new to the conversation, there will be something here for everyone to learn. We will examine: our relationships with money; our values and how they relate to our financial lives; our goals and how we can achieve them; the concept of compound interest and its importance in both debt and wealth accumulation; the how, why, and where of emergency savings; debt repayment; credit scores and reports; credit cards; budgeting and other plans for spending and saving; large purchases such as cars and houses; planning for retirement (and why you should start as soon as you can); investing money for the future; taxes; money in relationships; job benefits; insurance; and more! All students will learn about each topic, but students will choose which topics are most relevant for them, and will be provided with additional resources to learn more about those particular topics. The culmination of the course will be a personal financial plan that will provide students a starting point for intentionally shaping their post-college financial lives and achieving their goals.