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Welcome Shepherd Rams! Your first year of college is an exciting time full of exploration, growth, adjustment, and fun. It’s a time when your social sphere widens, interests deepen, and the challenges of keeping up with everything become even greater. During this transitional time, you can find it rewarding (and relaxing) to cultivate supportive groups and activities that will help ease the transition and promote academic success. With this in mind, Shepherd has created an innovative program of First-Year Experience (FYEX) courses. These courses offer creative ways to help you acclimate to university life, integrate into the campus community, and enjoy academic success. Academic advisors will help guide you as to which FYEX course is right for you!

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Watch the Video Below for Advice from Current Students: What I Wish I’d Known My First Year