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Bridges to Learning

This two-credit course introduces students to a range of experiences that will facilitate their transition to the academic, social, and community life at New England College. During the course, students will be asked to engage in a variety of activities: group discussions, self-assessments, reflective writing, and other interactive experiences, including a Bridges project. These experiences will connect students to NEC’s community resources and encourage them to think more about their life, skills, goals, and what it means to live and learn in the context of our rich liberal arts environment.

What’s It All About?

  • Co-taught by a Peer Leader and professional staff or faculty member
  • Focuses on building a sense of community and belonging at NEC
  • Provides opportunities to connect with peers, Peer Leaders, faculty, and staff
  • Offers supportive environment for answering questions and addressing concerns
  • Introduces students to campus resources
  • Helps students better understand themselves as learners and members of our community

Who Takes Bridges to Learning?

  • All first-year students take this course, which is a graduation requirement, during their first semester at NEC
  • Transfer students with fewer than 12 earned credits

Meet Other New Students

What Are First-Year Students Saying about Bridges?

“It was great to have a community of people I could talk to about anything.”

“The class helped me be more confident about my college experience.”

“The teacher and Peer Leader were always there for us with anything we needed.”

“Bridges helped me be more open with new people and become aware of new opportunities around me.”

“This course helped NEC feel more like home to me.”

First-Year Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

A residential living/learning experience that allows students with similar interests or goals to live and study together. Learn more.

Who Are the Peer Leaders?

Peer Leaders (PLs) are upper class students who assist new students in their transition to college life. Beginning at Orientation, PLs welcome students and their families to campus and then continue to provide support to new students throughout the fall semester in the Bridges to Learning seminar and beyond. They not only help first-years connect with campus resources, but they also strive to build camaraderie and help new students engage in the greater NEC community.

Our 2018-2019 Peer Leaders:

  • Hail from 8 different U.S. states
  • Study 15 different majors
  • Participate in 14 clubs and organizations
  • Play on 8 NEC athletic teams

Are you interested in becoming a Peer Leader?

For more information and application, please click here.

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