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First-Year Experience (FYE) Seminar

The Fitchburg State FYE seminar is a course designed for incoming first-time and transfers students in their first year. Each section is arranged thematically, with faculty choosing the topics.

The course helps students build academic skills and mindsets, and it prepares them to become effective self-advocates in a college setting. The core skills include:

  • Self-reflection and self-advocacy
  • Active reading and listening
  • Information literacy
  • Intentional planning
  • Effective communication

Fall Semester 2019

Food for Thought Program (September-November)

At Fitchburg State, we believe that building connections to faculty is a vital part of the first year experience.  The Food For Thought program encourages students to engage in casual conversation with a faculty member over lunch. Your FYE faculty member will be announcing opportunities for you to sign up for a small group lunch with your professor during the fall semester. 

Staff Bios

Susan Beddes, Academic and Career Advisor: Susan has an M.Ed. from Boston University and a background in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and advising first year students.  She enjoys working with students on developing effective study habits and setting goals for academic success and career preparation.  In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hiking and travel.

Lindsay Carpenter Connors, Academic and Career Advisor: Lindsay majored in Sociology and minored in Spanish for her undergraduate degree at Clark University. She then received her Master of Arts Degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University as well. Outside of work, she enjoys snowboarding, gardening, and watching movies with her cats.

Morgan Hakala, Academic Coach: Morgan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a concentration in Writing and Mass Communications, from Assumption College and her Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Merrimack College. She enjoys working with students to help them learn the best strategies to achieve success in their classes. When she isn’t working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Andrew Linscott, Academic Coach: Andy began his professional career in Admissions before transitioning to academic coaching. He is passionate about working with students to develop the mindset, self-regulation habits, and practical skills that enable them to achieve their academic & career goals. Outside of work, Andy enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife & children, studying philosophy & religion, and reading poetry & literature.