THRIVE at Trinity Christian College

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What is THRIVE?

A 2 -credit class at Trinity, taken by first-year students in their first semester on campus, and the official start of fall classes for all first-year students!

Thrive is an intensive all-in week before the start of the semester, PLUS  8 weeks of class during the semester that help provide you, a first-year student at Trinity, structured support for flourishing in your other first-semester courses.

Intensive means that all day long for 5 days, events have been carefully planned and crafted that will provide you with an introduction to the life and community of Trinity, both socially and academically, even when on the surface it might just look like we are having fun!

Intensive means that we structure the week to allow for personal development, social connection, times of rest and choice, and preparation for your academic journey—all to help you adjust to college in a way that answers questions, alleviates anxieties, and gives you confidence for the first day of the full semester.

Structured support means that these class sessions will give you a place to ask questions and get support for the habits and practices that help make you academically successful while at Trinity!  Structured support also means that these 8 weeks will build a solid foundation for your entire college academic journey.

Because we know how important it is to learn from and interact directly with Trinity faculty, the Thrive course is co-taught by a student and faculty mentor pair, giving you peer perspective and faculty guidance from your first day on campus.

It is so important to us, that it is included in your tuition, so you do not have to pay any extra for meals or housing for the intensive 5-day portion.

It is proven that participating in a first-year seminar program, such as Thrive, greatly increases your chances for returning to college for your sophomore year and ultimately graduating from college.

To help you get ready for Thrive, communication is key!  There will be numerous communications sent to you throughout the summer, so make sure you are checking your email regularly.   There will also be a summer assignment due a week before the start of Thrive, so be on the lookout for those instructions as well!

The intensive all-in week before the start of the semester is held on August 23-27, 2019

  • Intensive means you live on campus (every new student, residential and commuter) for the 5 days.
    Intensive means that you will need to take off of work, find substitutes for church commitments, and tell your family that you will not make it to any family events planned during those days.
  • Intensive means that all day long for 5 days, events have been carefully planned and crafted that provide an introduction to the life and community of Trinity, both socially and academically, even when on the surface it might just look like we are having fun.
  • Intensive means that you need to be all-in, as the program must be completed as a requirement for graduation from Trinity.
  • Intensive means that we structure the week to allow for personal development, social connection, times of rest and choice, and preparation for your academic journey—all to help you adjust to college in a way that answers questions, alleviates anxieties, and gives you confidence for the first day of the full semester.

Some topics covered in Thrive’s Intensive 5-day program:

  • Discovering a sense of belonging in the campus community and learning how to opt-in.
  • Understanding service as a posture of worship.
  • Learning the rhythm of life on campus, including rest and down-time as well as programmed events.
  • Establishing a habit of worship at Trinity.
  • Engaging with Chicago as a cultural resource as well as a key piece to a Trinity education.
  • Establishing what it means to be a Trinity student holistically—in and out of the classroom.
  • Transitioning to college academics and specific skills needed to flourish in the classroom and library.

This portion of the program is 8 weeks of class during the semester that help create a structured support for students for flourishing in their other first-semester courses.

  • Structured support means that these class sessions will develop themes and ideas that will be taught in many Foundations courses.
  • Structured support means that these class sessions give you a place to ask questions and get support for the habits and practices that help make you academically successful.
  • Structured support means that these 8 weeks build a solid support structure and foundation for your entire college academic journey.

Topics covered in Thrive’s 8-week course:

  • Time Management and using a syllabus
  • Title IX and Flourishing on campus
  • Implicit Bias, Diversity, and Unity at Trinity
  • Worldview
  • Evaluating Sources and College Level Research
  • Academic Vocation and a Posture for Learning
  • Strengths Finder and Development
  • Living in Community
  • Academic Advising and Communication with Professors

Commuter Students might be wondering what they need to pack for their 5-day stay:

  • Clothes for the week, including something to wear to church on Sunday, plus a few sets of extra clothes that you won’t mind getting messy or dirty or wet during activities throughout the week.
  • Toiletries for 5 days.
  • No need to bring towels or sheets, as those will be provided for you!
  • You will move back home at the end of the 5-day Intensive program and participate in the 8-weeks as a commuter student.

We know you can’t wait to take full advantage of the academic, social, spiritual, and volunteer opportunities here on campus, across the Chicago area, and around the world. That’s why we’ve created the Office of the First Year Experience—dedicated to helping brand new Trolls transition to the College and learn about everything Trinity has to offer.

Unique to Trinity is Thrive, a unique course that includes off-campus travel and activities. In order to ensure that all students can participate in all aspects of the course, please contact us if any physical or medical accommodations are required. You may contact this office or Laura Davalos in the Office of Learning Services (708-239-4765).

Dedicated to your first year

We are dedicated to transitioning first year students to Trinity life—so dedicated that we’ve hired just the right people to launch you into your future. The First Year Experience staff know about life at Trinity, and they are here to answer any and all questions and to be sure all students can take advantage of the many opportunities available to them.

+ PROGRAM BENEFITS

Because we know how important it is to learn from and interact directly with Trinity faculty, the Thrive course is co-taught by a student and faculty mentor pair, giving you peer perspective and faculty guidance from your first day on campus.

It is so important to us, that it is included in your tuition, so you do not have to pay any extra for meals or housing for the intensive 5-day portion.

It is proven that participating in a first-year seminar program, such as Thrive, greatly increases your chances for returning to college for your sophomore year and ultimately graduating from college.

To help you get ready for Thrive, communication is key!  There will be numerous communications sent to you throughout the summer, so make sure you are checking your email regularly.   There will also be a summer assignment due a week before the start of Thrive, so be on the lookout for those instructions as well!

+ 5-DAY PROGRAM

The intensive all-in week before the start of the semester is held on August 23-27, 2019

  • Intensive means you live on campus (every new student, residential and commuter) for the 5 days.
    Intensive means that you will need to take off of work, find substitutes for church commitments, and tell your family that you will not make it to any family events planned during those days.
  • Intensive means that all day long for 5 days, events have been carefully planned and crafted that provide an introduction to the life and community of Trinity, both socially and academically, even when on the surface it might just look like we are having fun.
  • Intensive means that you need to be all-in, as the program must be completed as a requirement for graduation from Trinity.
  • Intensive means that we structure the week to allow for personal development, social connection, times of rest and choice, and preparation for your academic journey—all to help you adjust to college in a way that answers questions, alleviates anxieties, and gives you confidence for the first day of the full semester.

Some topics covered in Thrive’s Intensive 5-day program:

  • Discovering a sense of belonging in the campus community and learning how to opt-in.
  • Understanding service as a posture of worship.
  • Learning the rhythm of life on campus, including rest and down-time as well as programmed events.
  • Establishing a habit of worship at Trinity.
  • Engaging with Chicago as a cultural resource as well as a key piece to a Trinity education.
  • Establishing what it means to be a Trinity student holistically—in and out of the classroom.
  • Transitioning to college academics and specific skills needed to flourish in the classroom and library.
+ 8 WEEK COURSE

This portion of the program is 8 weeks of class during the semester that help create a structured support for students for flourishing in their other first-semester courses.

  • Structured support means that these class sessions will develop themes and ideas that will be taught in many Foundations courses.
  • Structured support means that these class sessions give you a place to ask questions and get support for the habits and practices that help make you academically successful.
  • Structured support means that these 8 weeks build a solid support structure and foundation for your entire college academic journey.

Topics covered in Thrive’s 8-week course:

  • Time Management and using a syllabus
  • Title IX and Flourishing on campus
  • Implicit Bias, Diversity, and Unity at Trinity
  • Worldview
  • Evaluating Sources and College Level Research
  • Academic Vocation and a Posture for Learning
  • Strengths Finder and Development
  • Living in Community
  • Academic Advising and Communication with Professors
+ COMMUTER INFORMATION

Commuter Students might be wondering what they need to pack for their 5-day stay:

  • Clothes for the week, including something to wear to church on Sunday, plus a few sets of extra clothes that you won’t mind getting messy or dirty or wet during activities throughout the week.
  • Toiletries for 5 days.
  • No need to bring towels or sheets, as those will be provided for you!
  • You will move back home at the end of the 5-day Intensive program and participate in the 8-weeks as a commuter student.
+ ACCOMMODATIONS

We know you can’t wait to take full advantage of the academic, social, spiritual, and volunteer opportunities here on campus, across the Chicago area, and around the world. That’s why we’ve created the Office of the First Year Experience—dedicated to helping brand new Trolls transition to the College and learn about everything Trinity has to offer.

Unique to Trinity is Thrive, a unique course that includes off-campus travel and activities. In order to ensure that all students can participate in all aspects of the course, please contact us if any physical or medical accommodations are required. You may contact this office or Laura Davalos in the Office of Learning Services (708-239-4765).

Dedicated to your first year

We are dedicated to transitioning first year students to Trinity life—so dedicated that we’ve hired just the right people to launch you into your future. The First Year Experience staff know about life at Trinity, and they are here to answer any and all questions and to be sure all students can take advantage of the many opportunities available to them.

Emily Bosscher

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Emily Bosscher

Director of First Year Experience