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Lasting Connections: A Case Study of Relationships Formed During a First-Year Seminar Course

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This article investigates the evolution of friendships formed during a first-year seminar for honors students enrolled in a private liberal arts college. Through an electronic survey and interviews with former students who had participated in the seminar course six years prior to the research, this case study examined why some friendships were maintained and others dissolved after college. While participants stressed that luck played a substantial role in placing well-matched students in a single class, they also articulated that the first-year seminar served as a powerful shared experience at a crucial time in their development. This research illustrates the first-year seminar's potential to foster relationships among college students that persist beyond graduation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • The Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is a semiannual refereed journal providing current research on the first college year and other significant student transitions. The primary purpose of the Journal is to disseminate empirical research findings on student transition issues that inform practice in all sectors of postsecondary education, such as explorations into the academic, personal, and social experiences (including outcomes related to success, learning, and development) of students at a range of transition points throughout the college years; transition issues unique to specific populations (e.g., non-traditional, traditional, historically underrepresented students, transfer students, commuters, part-time students); and explorations of faculty development, curriculum, and pedagogical innovations connected to college transitions.
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