Sunday, May 15, 2011

All About SOAR (SUMMER ORIENTATION FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND RETENTION)

SOAR is designed for students who value inclusiveness and cultural diversity and who want to ensure that their first year in college is rewarding and successful. Facilitated by professors, staff and upper-level students, the program is a great way to spend time and experience Vermont with a great group of people.

Why SOAR?
Students often wonder what living in a residence hall feels like. They also have a number of questions during their first year in college: How will I manage? What is the workload like? Will my grades be as good as they were in high school? Saint Michael’s Center for Intercultural Affairs offers SOAR as an introduction to college life and Vermont. This is a fun-filled program with plenty of recreational activities to orient students to the Vermont outdoors. You can expect to spend the day on a beautiful island, hike, kayak on the lake, spend the night on campus, learn what college life is like, and have fun with new friends! (No experience required; just bring sneakers, swimwear, and clothes for three days, like shorts and t-shirts. We’ll have the rest.)

Who goes to SOAR?
All new students are eligible for SOAR. Those interested in having a wonderful multicultural experience and meeting a
diverse group of students are encouraged to apply. There are at least 16 faculty/staff and students who will also be with you.

What else do you need to know?
We spend the first night exploring Vermont night life, with a dinner and return to campus. Friday is Summer Registration Day. Then we spend the next day, Saturday, on an island and Sunday morning we go back to campus. All meals are provided. SOAR fills up quickly and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. More information will be forthcoming following your application and fee. Please register by June 10, 2011.

What is the cost?
SOAR is $215.00 per student

SOAR begins Thursday, July 14. The day starts with check-in from
2:00–4:00 p.m. on the Saint Michael’s campus. SOAR is only offered
once this summer and is accepting only 45 students, so apply as soon as possible.
 
“SOAR was fabulous! My best friends are people I met that weekend”
“SOAR made me start school fired up”

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