Kent State welcomes new students and families with a three-step orientation program that begins with Destination Kent State, a two-day summer program where students have the opportunity to connect with other students, become familiar with campus and meet with an academic adviser to register for fall classes. College of Communication and Information students sit down with an academic adviser in their specific school (Communication Studies, Journalism & Mass Communication, Library & Information Science or Visual Communication Design) in order to get the best advice for scheduling. CCI also has three current students involved in the advising and scheduling process who meet one-on-one with the students. These CCI students are able to give advice from the perspective of a current student who has taken similar classes and been involved with student organizations through their major.
This summer there are three CCI students who are working with advising and registration for DKS: senior public relations major Erica Batyko, mediated and mass communications graduate student Alisa Frye and senior global communications major Anna Hoffman. These students greet the DKS participants before their advising appointment and get to know their major, where they will be living and some of their interests. They also share about their own experiences in CCI. The DKS students then meet with an academic adviser who goes through their major road map and gives them suggestions for classes to take in the fall. After this meeting, the students return to Batyko, Frye or Hoffman, who then create the schedule for the new students.
Having Batyko, Frye and Hoffman there to meet with the incoming freshmen allows them to feel more comfortable choosing their first schedule of college classes by hearing first-hand experiences from actual CCI students. These students are heavily involved in CCI and are able to speak from experience about majors, professors, student organizations and study abroad trips.
Hoffman, Batyko and Frye