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Freshman Experience, Reflection, & Action

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The Freshman Experience, Reflection, & Action seminar is a required course for first year students designed to introduce them to the Lynch School of Education and Boston College, while supporting them in adapting to college life.

The seminar provides students with accurate information and a process for making informed moral/ethical decisions in order to become more confident, independent adults and learners. Inspired by Ignatian pedagogy, students will take their personal, social, and academic experiences into reflective consideration and determine positive, well-informed actions they can commit to as they navigate their first year transitions and future endeavors.

The seminar addresses academic decisions, social relationships, spiritual growth, issues of autonomy, vocational choices, mental and physical health, and general fulfillment of each first- year student in the Lynch School of Education.


  • Help freshmen negotiate the rigors and dilemmas of college life and become more critical citizens
  • Embed moral/ethical-cognitive decision-making within a curriculum that supports making good choices via mentoring and advising
  • Develop more autonomous and independent learners and decision-makers
  • Instantiate Ignatian pedagogy of “experience, reflection, and action” in students’ decision-making to address academics, vocational choices, social relationships, spiritual growth, general fulfillment, physical and mental health issues
  • Expose students to LSOE and university faculty and student research
  • Apprise students of  national and international trends in education, applied psychology, and human development
  • Inspire political and social activism and critical citizenry.

Course Information

  • 3-credit course (graded) taken in the Fall & Spring semester (mandatory)
  • All groups meet on Tuesday nights from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for presentations, panels, and discussions.; Students will breakout into their individual sections at 5:15.
  • Sections are composed of 15-17 students; 1 section will be designated for students in the Honors Program
  • Instructors are staff and graduate students with backgrounds in student development, higher education, and counseling
  • Each group also has a Peer Advisor, a junior or senior in the Lynch School who has been selected based on their leadership skills and investment in mentoring and supporting students