UHON 111: Freshman Colloquium

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First-year students at SIU are selected for the Freshman Colloquium course through a rigorous process. The Office of Major Scholarship Advisement researches lists, records and transcripts to choose 3,500 students to consider. That list is narrowed down to 250 to 300 students who are asked to complete an arduous application and interview process. Ten students are selected to participate in each of the two sections. All plan to pursue post-graduate degrees and plan to compete for prestigious national scholarships such as the Rhodes, Goldwater, Truman, and Udall.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Develop plans
  • Strategize applications
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Revise application essays and personal statements
Working with faculty with expertise in writing, public service, library research, leadership, interviewing, study abroad, communication, resume-writing, and research will prepare you to apply for awards and graduate school.

The Freshman Colloquium is an introduction to a world of opportunities that lie beyond the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The very process of applying for an external award allows you to contemplate, develop, and enhance your goals, intellectual identity, and political awareness. This class will guide you through this process of self-reflection as you craft essays, develop interview skills, and discover research opportunities.