Flourish In Your First Year

The FLOURISH program provides critical tools for first year graduate students to succeed and thrive beginning in the first year and throughout their graduate school experience.

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Objectives of the FLOURISH program:

  • Introduce students to the elements of a transformative graduate education,
  • Develop learning and academic skills for the graduate level,
  • Create a sense of belonging and community, academically and socially,
  • Equip students with agency to navigate academic, administrative, and professional development resources, and
  • Promote a student’s self-awareness and understanding of a healthy, sustainable graduate lifestyle/experience.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Upcoming Events Spring 2024

Envisioning Your Year Workshop: Outline your Education, Career & Personal Goals for 2024!

Join fellow CGU first year students for a vision board and community building workshop. First year students will have the opportunity to learn the importance of outlining goals for the year and create their own vision boards as a reminder of what they aim to accomplish over the next 12 months!

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Time: 1:00-3:00PM Pacific time

Location: OSE House | 1017 N. Dartmouth Ave.

Spring Brunch Social

Kick-off the start of the spring semester with a fun and informative on-campus gathering! Join our Spring Brunch Social, which will also serve as the new student welcome for our Spring 2024 cohort on Saturday, February 3. This will be a great opportunity for you to mix and mingle with other new students, take part in a live podcast with President Len Jessup and Associate Provost Andy Vosko, and indulge in delicious food.

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024.

Time: 11:30AM-2:30PM

Creative Tools in Graduate School: Canva 101

Are you looking to create engaging presentations? Need flyers for a club event or to promote your student organization? Join the Office of Student Engagement to learn about the basics of Canva! This workshop will cover templates, branding, engaging tools, special features and more! Finding creative methods to present and promote your work will be a vital skill in the graduate school setting and future work endeavors.

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Time: 1:00-2:00PM Pacific time

Location: Hybrid | OSE House | Zoom | Slide Deck

Managing your Digital Scholarship

Join the Office of Student Engagement in collaboration with The Claremont Colleges Librarians, Jeanine Finn and Kenneth Cotich. During this virtual workshop, you will be introduced to digital scholarship and information on your digital footprint along with ways in which you can alter and manage your scholarly identity online. The librarians will also provide information on the library repository and what publishing as a student entails.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Time: 12:00-1:00PM Pacific time

Location: Zoom

Register Here!

Financial Literacy: Managing Personal Finances

Navigating the financial aspects of graduate school can prove challenging. In this session, our Financial Aid team will discuss methods by which you can manage your personal finances while enrolled at CGU. Join us for an interactive session exploring budgeting tips and strategies that will help make each dollar go farther.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024

Time: 12:00-1:00PM Pacific time

Location: Zoom

Register Here!

FYE End of Year Celebration!

Congratulations on completing your first year! Join FLOURISH in Your First Year to celebrate your peers, yourself, and all your achievements throughout your first year at CGU. What you have taken on this past year is no small feat and we encourage you to recognize what you have accomplished so far!

Date: Friday, April 19, 2024

Time: 5:00-7:00PM Pacific time

Location: Harper Courtyard

Register Here!

 First Year Student Spotlights

We asked first year students who participated in our FLOURISH program to provide some information about their background and course of study at CGU, what led them to choose CGU for their graduate studies, any challenges they faced in their first year, advice they are willing to share with other incoming first-year students, and any extra-curricular hobbies they are engaged in. We hope sharing their experience helps you identify ways in which you can navigate your first year at CGU.