First year education students have the chance to live in a residence hall with other freshman education majors through the College of Education Housing Community (EHC). This experience connects them in a unique way to the college while also providing a smooth transition to college life.
Sophomore Danielle Mehling, a special education major, was part of last year’s EHC. “It’s an automatic bond and a great way to meet new people,” said Mehling.
As part of the bonding experience, students partake in different activities both in and out of the residence hall together, such as guest speakers, cultural events and a teambuilding ropes course. In addition to these activities, EHC residents will also take COAD 1000 together and make their transition easier by having a “Pirate Pal”.
The social and bonding aspects are not the only perks of the program. “It helped a lot when we had classes together,” said Mehling. “There was always someone to study with right down the hall.”
There are several benefits to this program, including building leadership skills, having an academic-friendly environment, attention and support tailored to each student, a smooth transition to college and the opportunity to experience many new ideas, cultures and experiences.
The EHC is still accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year with a new deadline of June 20. There are no extra costs, other than standard room and board, to participate in the program. The application and more information can be found on the EHC’s website, which is http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/ehc/, and emailed or faxed to Dionna Manning, who can be contacted at (252) 328-4126 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.