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First Year Student Capstone Projects

One of the course requirements of First Year Seminar (FS 101) includes a “Culminating Project” which encompasses a final reflection of experiences in FS 101.  The experiences include components from:

  • The Common Reading Program,
  • The Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture,
  • As well as a deeper understanding of Avila’s mission and values and a students’ insight of personal vocation and calling. 

The Culminating Project includes both a presentation and a written reflection.  Several of the classroom presentations are selected to be presented to the University community in an “Open-Mic” setting.  Additionally, student reflections are selected by First Year Seminar Instructors and a publication is created highlighting these reflections, allowing many of our first year students to become published.  Avila is proud of the accomplishments of our first year students!      

2014 First Year Seminar

Student Reflections

TLS 14 Publication



2013 First Year Seminar


First-year Experience Video Highlight