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Freshman Waxes Poetic on College Experience
Student Mentor seeks to go from Lion Cub to King of the Jungle
Service Learning at the Houston Food Bank
Freshmen Can Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Rome
Freshman Symposium is Studentsí First Class at UST
Freshman Waxes Poetic on College Experience

Nelson Santibanes, a freshman biology major, has come a long way and overcome many obstacles to get where he is today. He shared his story with his freshman classmates during this year’s Freshman Symposium but eschewed the standard get-up-and-talk-about-yourself formula. Instead, he wrote a spoken word poem. Read more

Student Mentor seeks to go from Lion Cub to King of the Jungle

With twists and squeaks, junior psychology major Carlos Garcia uses the unusual medium of balloon animals to describe his freshman experience at the University of St. Thomas. Coming into college, Garcia expected it to be a breeze, but was quickly made aware of how challenging it would be. Now he mentors other freshmen. Read more

Service Learning at the Houston Food Bank

Every year, incoming freshmen participate in a service learning activity where they can give back to the community. This year, more than 180 UST students partnered with the Houston Food Bank where they contributed more than 540 hours of volunteering to help feed the hungry of Houston. Read more

Freshmen Can Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Rome

A key part of the UST experience is the opportunity to study abroad with UST faculty. Freshmen Symposium students have two opportunities just for them to study abroad this year:

  • Spend spring break in Costa Rica
  • Travel to Italy for 9 days in summer 2015 
Freshman Symposium is Studentsí First Class at UST

Freshman Symposium is the first class freshmen will take at UST, and it begins during Orientation. Each freshman is placed in sections with students who share similar educational interests and goals. After completing the Freshman Symposium, students will understand UST’s mission. This includes the University’s commitment to educating leaders of faith and character and the importance of ethical leadership, critical thinking, effective communication and professional success.

Freshman Symposium
The Freshman Symposium: Educating Leaders of Faith and Character is a one-credit-hour course taken during the student's first fall semester. This symposium will introduce students to the University's mission to educate leaders who can think critically, communicate effectively, lead ethically, and succeed professionally.

Selected Topics

  • UST mission
  • Liberal arts education
  • History of the Basilian Fathers
  • Catholic intellectual tradition
  • Faith and reason
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Personal success plan

Read more in the Freshman Symposium brochure.

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