Welcome to the First Year Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cornerstone Experience?
Cornerstone Experience is a new course to help first-year students successfully transition to college life.

What are some of the issues that I may face as a first-time college student?
Attending college for the first time can be challenging. Some students have difficulty with

  • Setting goals
  • Getting motivated
  • Managing time well
  • Developing good study skills
  • Adapting socially
  • Balancing studies with social life, family and work
  • Making decisions
  • Academic planning


How will the course help me in my transition to college?
The curriculum focused on four foundational frameworks:

  • Critical Thinking:  You’ll learn to improve your thinking to solve problems, generate ideas and to speak and write from an informed perspective.
  • Relevancy:  Students are more successful if they have a plan. During the semester you’ll develop a personal blueprint to achieve your goals.
  • Applied Learning: You’ll apply course concepts and skills beyond the classroom in order to develop lifelong self-reliance. You’ll identify what type of learner you are and focus on appropriate learning strategies.
  • Success Strategies:You’ll learn and practice strategies to achieve your personal and educational goals, replacing bad habits with good ones.


Will I be required to take Cornerstone Experience?
Effective Spring 2012 semester, all FTIC degree-seeking students testing into two or more developmental courses will be required to enroll in Cornerstone Experience. While not currently a requirement, the course is open to all first-time college students.

Why should I enroll in the course?
Completing the course will help get you get your college career off to a great start. You will:

  • Learn skills that will enhance your academic and personal success
  • Become aware of helpful campus and online resources
  • Feel connected to the ESC community
  • Create your personal blueprint for success


Will I receive credit for taking this course?
Yes, Cornerstone Experience is a three-credit hour course.  The credits may count toward your degree and/or graduation requirements

What will the classes be like?
Active learning strategies will include group work, practical, hands-on assignments and technology-based activities.