Gain a better understanding of yourself, through reading, writing reflective journals, working with peers, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Determine your academic and personal goals.

Appreciate the diverse perspectives of your peers.

Learn specific skills (academic, social, emotional, and physical) and use them in this and other courses.

Communicate effectively in academic situations (in class, small group, and presentation, as well as with faculty and staff), and understand the effects of culture, gender, and status on all communication.

Develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills (gaining experience through weekly journals, summaries, and formal writing projects).

Relate the issues raised in the Common Reading book and the reader to your life as a new college student.

Explore and use Gallaudet's extensive resources and support services.

Explore majors and careers, and develop an academic plan based on your goals.

Appreciate the purposes and value of a liberal arts education, and of Gallaudet's general studies program.

Develop a greater understanding of, and accept responsibility for, issues of academic integrity and civility.

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