This required entry-level course assists students in their transition into the RMCAD academic community. The class connects students to the College’s supportive resources, communicates RMCAD’s expectations of students, teaches skills for academic and personal success, develops peer-to-peer relationships, and motivates students to persist through the challenges of higher education. These outcomes will be achieved in a student-centered learning environment through a combination of group discussion, out-of-class reading and assignments, and reflective journaling. At the conclusion of this course students will have an enhanced understanding of the skills and motivation necessary to be successful in college, as well as have developed academic and personal strategies that can be applied to their academic career at RMCAD and after graduation. In addition, students will have strengthened their formal writing, critical thinking and research skills.