The University of Texas at Tyler
Patriot Freshman Connection - PFC
The transition from high school to college is an exciting time for students. It can, however, also provide challenges. The environment is new, the expectations differ from high school, you may be leaving family/friends, etc. The New Student Programs office is here to assist you with the transition and help you be successful during the first year.
One of the programs in place to help you is the Patriot Freshman Connection. The PFC is a mentoring program which provides both a peer mentor and a faculty/staff mentor to freshman students. The PFC also provides monthly activities and engagement opportunities intended to enhance success during the first year, promote preparedness for the second year, and encourage involvement.
1.) Assist freshman students with their transition to UT Tyler.
2.) Provide freshmen with a supportive environment.
3.) Increase retention of freshmen by connecting them with resources and activities to help them succeed.
4.) Connect freshman students with peers who have successfully completed their freshman year.
5.) Connect freshman students with faculty/staff members.
PFC Events: The Patriot Freshman Connection will host one event per month during the 2012-2013 academic year. These events are intended to provide freshmen with learning opportunities in a fun and relaxing format. Check the calendar page to see what's coming up next!
PFC Outings: Patriot Freshman Connection peer mentors will remind their students of events on campus, and even schedule certain events to attend as a group. These can vary from Cowan Center events, to sporting events, to lunch on campus just to chat. Peer mentors will contact their mentees about these opportunities.
Support: Patriot Freshman Connection mentors are available to provide you with the support you need to be successful. If you have a question and don't know where to find the answer, your mentor can help. If you want to get involved but don't know how, your mentor can help. Maybe you just want to process your first year and talk to someone about how things are going...your mentor can help!