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Consider using clips from a college related movie such as Higher Learning, Son-In-Law, Down to You, even Animal House to examine pop culture ideas of college and how those images do (or do not) hold true in reality.
Hand students three note cards. Write hope, fear, concerns (or whatever heading you find appropriate) and ask students to write their own thoughts down. Collect these and hand them out randomly. Ask students to discuss the hope they see and the fears they see, and discuss as a group what services and resources are available to address some concerns.
Have the class journal or e-mail journal this topic.
If you are having trouble getting students to talk and share their experiences, try Guided Autobiography. Instructors that have assigned this 50 minute activity have expressed how much they have (re)connected with their students.
Important People (PDF): an activity to have your students reflect on the important people in their life and the values that help guide their daily routine.
Reflect on how they are handling their transition: homesickness, personal responsibility, and ability to seek out help in handling problems
Encourage your students to utilize resources in the SUNY Cortland College Student Success Kit. Adapted from 101 Things to Do Before You Graduate by Patricia Hudak and Jullien Gordon, have your students complete the 4 Year Academic Plan, Goals Sheets, Fall and Spring Weekly Time Sheets, GPA Calculation or the Monthly Budget. The kit is especially helpful for students in their first year at Cortland but the resources can also help students in a sophomore slump.