Track 1: Early College Career

Part of J-Term from January 3–14, 2022

Early College Career sessions are designed with first-year students in mind, however, any class year is welcome to take any session within the track.

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Well-being: Create a Joyful Life

Humans around the world aspire to live well. Creating meaningful, sustainable change isn’t about buying into quick fixes. Research has defined interconnected universal elements that guide us towards a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. Explore what contributes to your well-being and develop tools to make life worthwhile.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Define personal well-being.
  • Explore Gallup’s Five Essential Elements of Well-being.
  • Create an individualized action plan to develop your own well-being.

Rebalance your Academic Life: Time Management and Study Strategies

*This is a two-part program.

Set yourself up for success in 2022 by signing up for a two-part program on study strategies and time management skills, hosted by Hannah KS Sollenberger and Sharon Warrington in Gettysburg College’s Academic Advising and Student Support Services . You will explore how to productively organize your day-to-day demands, sharpen your studying strategies, and still find time for leisurely activities. Each workshop will include insight from successful Gettysburg College students who will share their advice for implementing effective strategies.

Here's what you’ll learn:

  • Analyze and evaluate your current time management and study habits to create new habits that work for you.
  • Develop planning systems for the spring semester.
  • Learn how to study efficiently by matching study habits with your learning preferences.
  • Implement effective work habits into your schedule.

Tweets or Truth? Detecting Misinformation in Social Media

Eisenhower Institute Executive Director Tracie Potts shares insights from her 30-year journalism career, leading students on a journey to unravel the tangled web of opinion, propaganda, advertising, and rumors often mistaken for news. This session will explore how to select objective sources, how to spot questionable information, and the intent and impact of misinformation and disinformation.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Distinguish news from other types of information.
  • Identify objective sources of news.
  • Define and identify misinformation and disinformation.

Ace Your Next Presentation

This session will cover the details of a successful public presentation, including how to organize and create visual materials. Participants will learn about the pitfalls that can distract from a presentation. Additionally, participants will explore and practice the best techniques for delivering relevant information in a presentation.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Understand the varying techniques to share different types of information and media.
  • Improve understanding of the skills and tactics for giving a dynamic presentation.
  • Receive a list of resources for continued improvement of presentation skills.

Escape Room: Microsoft 365

*The session is asynchronous. All participants will complete each puzzle through their own account before the session closes at the end of the J-Term.

Help find a tech toolbox lost in Microsoft 365! Join us for a hands-on approach to solving puzzles about various tools in the Microsoft 365 (or M365, formally Office 365) application suite. Solve the puzzle and move onto the next one, while taking a closer look at all that is available through the enterprise subscription to M365.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Distinguish between the types of applications of M365.
  • Organize files and documents to be accessible when offline and online.
  • Develop effective collaboration and communication using M365.

Diversity and Global Citizenship: Multiculturalism in Action

In the 21st century, the learning environment mandates that students develop a deep and comprehensive understanding of different cultures and the ways of succeeding as a professional throughout the world. This session summarizes the current state of how institutions are defining “global citizenship” and “intercultural competency,” and are attempting to measure their achievement. Participants will engage in a discussion about how to connect this clear need with their own Gettysburg College education.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Understand the importance of global citizenship and intercultural competency.
  • Connect those concepts with Gettysburg College’s consequential education.
  • Prepare a personal plan to develop necessary competencies.

You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

*This session is available twice.

Consider the hours, days, weeks, and years we spend online. Our digital footprint is a record of our personal online activity in perpetuity, including where we’ve been, what we’ve engaged with, and what we’ve posted. This session explores the importance of our digital footprint and taking ownership of the image we project to others digitally.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Classify the types of personal technologies.
  • Identify the ways personal technologies can track your data.
  • Evaluate the role of social presence in forming impressions, particularly among today’s employers.
  • Construct steps to control your own digital footprint.

This session will help students think through how to use their academic research to inform and learn about their interests, passions, and potential careers. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the research tools at the library to see the wide variety of academic resources available and how it encompasses a range of topics. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about ways they can continue to engage with these and other tools beyond their Gettysburg College careers as alumni.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Develop an understanding of how academic research connects to your passions and interests.
  • Distinguish among information search tools.
  • Utilize information tools in order to prepare for navigating the information landscape in your post-graduate pursuits.