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In the Launch program, you will learn a variety of life and study skills.

Only students who successfully complete the online modules and the Campus Experience Module will be eligible for College 140. A minimum score of at least 80 percent on each homework assignment and assessment is considered successful completion.

Space in Launch is limited! If you are interested in participating, please apply for consideration. Applications are due by noon on Friday, June 14, 2019.

Topics covered in the online modules may include:

This session will teach you how to navigate the various information sources as well as access key resources only found through CNU’s "interweb."

You heard about them at Setting Sail, now get a closer look at all of the support systems designed to help you succeed.

You'll meet Frankfurt Furstyear, a first-year student who's having a bit of a problem communicating with his professors. Through various scenarios, this session will ask you to guide Frankfurt as he learns how to build relationships with faculty, staff and administrators to get the help he needs (includes homework assignment).

In this session, we will explore your personal and academic priorities, reflect on personal responsibility in high school and predict how managing life will change in college. You will learn strategies to manage your time and commitments while balancing college demands (includes homework assignment).

Twenty-five to thirty hours of study time per week? How do successful students fill that time? Certainly not with busy work! This session will provide an overview of the SOAR study method (which is covered in College 140), in addition to providing strategies to make the most of study time (includes homework assignment).

In this session, you will learn:

  • The "80 / 20 rule"
  • The differences between learning in high school versus the expectations of college professors
  • What it means to learn intentionally
  • How to read and understand a syllabus
  • Christopher Newport's academic integrity expectations

Based on Carol Dweck's research, this session will explore how what you believe about yourself can truly affect your success.

You will learn the components of GRIT and explore how developing effective coping skills can help when things don't always go as you plan. Once again, Frankfurt needs some help when he fails at things he once thought were easy. Students will help Frankfurt find the emotional GRIT to get back up and try again (includes homework assignment.

The Campus Experience Module is a collection of fun activities, small-group discussions and large-group experiences designed to support the topics covered online and allow you to meet and interact with your peers and peer mentors.

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