Freshman Forward -- Before the Hill Summer Programs

Venable Hall

Fostering learning, growth, and maturity, Hampden-Sydney College has lived its mission of "forming good men and good citizens" since its founding in 1775. Starting with the Freshman year, we prepare our men to meet the challenges and opportunities of the world in which they live.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The Four Pillars at H-SCThese "Before the Hill" programs to be held in July are open to freshmen who wish to have a unique leaning experience, while also forging the bonds of brotherhood with fellow students and alumni. Participants will also be introduced to the College's "Beyond the Hill" Service and Adventure program and the network of hundreds of BTH alumni. Further details regarding the cost and dates of these programs, along with the forms for Application, will be available by early December, for any enrolled student in the Class of 2021.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Led by Dean of Students, David A. Klein ’78, participants will explore the rugged ridges of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, learn about environmental stewardship, and practice Leave No Trace principles.
Enrollment will be capped at 8.

Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina
Led by alumnus Meade Whitaker III ’99, participants will hone their casting skills in the irresistible rivers and streams of Western North Carolina. Participants will stay in cabins and prepare meals family style.
Enrollment will be capped at 8.

Song Writing and Music Making
Instruction by country music singer-songwriter and alumnus Drew D. Kennedy ’02 will develop the songwriting talents of men who already have moderate proficiency in the study of music. Classes and overnight accommodations will occur at Hampden-Sydney College. Students should provide their own instruments.
Enrollment will be capped at 12.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The Four Pillars help with certificationsThree certificate programs are open to freshmen who wish to develop competencies beyond their classroom and student-life experiences. Each program will be held during the two days before Matriculation (August 16-17) and consist of a series of workshops. During each semester, four additional workshops will be held (eight for the year), leading to a Certificate of Competency. Further details regarding the cost of these programs, along with the forms for Application, will be available by December 1, for any enrolled student in the Class of 2021.
Enrollment will be capped at 35 for each program.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CAREER READINESS COMPETENCIES
Students will join a select group of fellow freshmen in sessions which will provide them with opportunities, support, and motivation to make their career goals a reality. This program leads directly to an internship opportunity. Sessions include:

  • Professional Goals Focus
  • Professionalism and Work Ethic
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Career Management


LEADERSHIP
EFFECTIVE AND ETHICAL DECISIONS
The mission of The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest is “to develop men of character for lives of consequence.” In this program freshmen will have the opportunity to study leadership and develop and expand their leadership skills. Leaders from a variety of backgrounds in business, non-profit, government, public service, academic, and the military address these issues:

  • Ethics and Decision-making
  • Team-building
  • Communications
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Leadership and Values
  • Leader Development
  • Local Leadership Problem-Solving
  • Leadership Accountability


MASTER STUDENT

A PATHWAY TO SUCCESS
The Office of Academic Success assists students in setting and reaching their academic goals. In this program freshmen will have the early opportunity to develop skills for effective performance and positive adjustment to the college learning environment. In the two-day session and during the year, freshmen will hear from staff and faculty in these workshops:

  • Syllabi Understanding
  • Learning and Memory
  • Campus Support
  • Exam Preparation
  • Four-year Plan Development
  • Networking Etiquette
  • Personal Identity and Voice
  • Master Student '21 Wisdom