First Look offering insights into classes at USM at no cost


First Look offering insights into classes at USM at no cost

PHILIPSBURG – Have you ever wondered what university classes are like and what discussions and lectures take place in such classes?

Well, it is time to stop wondering.

The University of St. Martin with its USM First Look program is offering you the opportunity to sit in on classes until April 17, 2010 at no cost. The program, now in its fourth term, began on March 15.

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According to Director of Admissions Angelique Hazel, this program is geared at high school graduates and seniors (students in exam classes) so that they can experience first-hand what the University of St. Martin degree program classes are like. Participants in the USM First Look program also get to meet current students and instructors and ask questions about the various programs.

With USM First Look, a wide variety of college level courses are presented to the students representing each USM degree program. Some classes this term include, Tourism, Marketing, Law, Educational Psychology, Small Business Management, Language Arts & Literature, Advertising & Promotional Strategies, Intro to Sociology, Intro to Biology, Macro-Economics and many more.

"Students who are graduating from high school this year have indicated to us what they are interested in. This is a great opportunity for them to visit USM campus and be part of the type of classes they will be experiencing once in college. This opportunity is also great for those who have not yet decided on a major," Hazel said.

Many high school students have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past and USM is looking forward to many students doing the same this year.

"It helped me to expand my knowledge about business management," one student who attended Intro to Business last year said on a questionnaire. Another student who attended Theories of Learning noted, "Class discussion was excellent and teacher was an excellent facilitator. I hope to join classes to ensure my success."

With education being considered by many as an investment, it is always a great to get an insight of what is being invested in, Marketing Director Michel Chance stated. He added that in terms of university, anyone who plans to continue their studies, locally or abroad, should take advantage of the USM First Look. Parents are also encouraged to come and sit in with their children, he said.

"Based on the classes available, students are welcomed to sit in on as many classes as they desire. We have also found working adults who are interested in USM First Look because they are interested in returning to college. Persons in this category are also encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for more information," the USM Admissions Director said.

In order to provide adequate seating, those interested are asked to RSVP with the Admissions Office concerning their attendance at least three days prior to the class session. Interested persons can contact USM Admissions Office at 542-5171 Ext. 1019 for more information. The USM First Look schedule is also available at the Admissions Office or on (University of St. Martin Admissions)..