Much like our freshman seminar starts students on their White Mountain journey, our senior seminar ends it. Created and enacted by Matthew Toms, the Director of the Student Assistance Program, senior seminar is a way to help students as they transition into a new school and a new way of life at college. It meets three times a year and provides time and space for students to process what will be their new home away from home at college.
Senior Seminar consists of three discussions: Healthy Relationships, Sex Ed and Consent; Drugs and Alcohol; and Social, Emotional, and Mental Health. The three meetings are led by various members of the faculty and also feature videos from WMS alumni where they talk about the challenging aspects of their transition to college, what has been helpful, and what advice they wish they had received (or paid attention to) when they were at WMS.
“The intent is really to prepare our seniors for some of the more complicated, non-academic challenges they will encounter in college. WMS is a really healthy and safe place, and that is wonderful in so many ways! It does, however, lead some students to a rude awakening when they get to college and certain experience aspects of the college experience. We try to leave students with a few pieces of advice,” comments Matthew.
•Get involved and active. Join clubs, play club/intramural sports, etc. • Actively develop your support system. • Have a wing man! Make sure you surround yourself with people that have your best interests in mind. • Do not be afraid to stand up for what is right and help others even if you are going against the grain.•
Learn more about our other co-curricular offerings, including freshman seminar, here.