Academic Engagement and Exploration
These sessions help students become successful both inside and outside of the classroom. Session topics include improving study and note-taking skills; tackling procrastination; exploring career options; and learning about math resources or study abroad options.
Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness
These sessions increase students' knowledge regarding the effects and consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse, correct misperceptions regarding norms for alcohol and other drug use at Ohio State, and guide students in evaluating their expectancies regarding and motivations for high-risk drinking and other drug use. The sessions also provide students with alternatives to drinking and other drug use, and will define and encourage low-risk, responsible drinking.
Anxiety and Mental Health
The sessions under this theme are designed to provide positive coping skills for participants on a variety of challenges typical to first-year college students. The topics range from test anxiety and stress management to dealing with prejudice and discrimination. Sessions under this theme provide students with strategies for leading a healthy, balanced life.
Buckeye Book Community
These sessions are events related to the Buckeye Book Community selection for the given year. Sessions address topics introduced in the book and include the author's visit to campus and presentation, lectures from faculty experts, small group discussions, service projects, and other hands-on activities related to the book.
This theme was created based on student feedback and interest. Topics include areas such as governmental and legal issues, politics, international affairs, and social issues that have particular relevance for first-year students.
Learning to live in a diverse world is an essential part of the college experience. This theme focuses on the diverse nature of Ohio State and explores what it means to work and live with people from differing backgrounds. Sessions will focus on how diversity affects individuals and groups in society. Students can choose from sessions that address issues of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, class, and gender.
Financial and Debt Management
Students today are often faced with growing amounts of debt and increased responsibility for personal financial management. In these sessions, students will have the opportunity to explore the consequences of and alternatives to buying on credit and will learn strategies to ensure a secure financial future.
Health and Wellness
Through these events, students will learn how to weave wellness activities and practices into their daily routines. Students will receive information about making healthy choices, illness prevention, student assistance, and wellness resources on campus.
Leadership sessions are focused in two areas – leadership development and featured leadership speakers. Sessions are offered that encourage students to become involved on campus and provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.
Leadership speakers are noted professionals and leaders in the local, state, or national community who come to campus to share their personal experiences and successes in leadership with first-year students.
Session topics will address choices regarding sexual activity, birth control methods, and abstinence. Students will learn about the dangers and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and how drug and/or alcohol intoxication factors into decision making.