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 your Freshman year, we'll prepare you to meet the challenges and opportunities of the world in which you live.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The Four Pillars at H-SC"Before the Hill" programs are open to freshmen who wish to have a unique learning experience, while forging the bonds of brotherhood with fellow students and alumni. Participants will also be introduced to the College's "Beyond the Hill" (BTH) Service and Adventure program and the network of hundreds of BTH alumni. Programs are available for any enrolled student in the Class of 2021.

Brotherhood Before the Hill | June 9-11, 2017

Join your future Hampden-Sydney brothers on outdoor excursions that will develop your leadership skills and familiarize you with the Central Virginia area. Excursions include paintball, ropes course, hiking, kayaking and other activities that will bring you closer to your fellow Hampden-Sydney men. Overnight accommodations will be provided at Hampden-Sydney College. Enrollment is limited to 7 students.

Total cost: $350
Deposit with registration is a non-refundable fee of $175. The registration and deposit are due by May 15, 2017.
Final payment of $175 is due by June 1, 2017.

For more information, please call Sandy Cooke at 434.223.6340.

Music Before the Hill | July 14-16, 2017

Whether you enjoy playing it, listening to it, singing, composing, or anything in between, this is your chance to come and explore music at H-SC. Participants will get an in-depth tour of the campus,its buildings and amenities upon arrival, take part in various workshops led by members of the Hampden-Sydney and Farmville community, and even attend a concert in nearby Greensboro, North Carolina.  Prior musical experience is not required to take part in this program.  Overnight accommodations will be provided at Hampden-Sydney College. Students are welcome to bring their own instruments. Enrollment is limited to 7 students.

Total cost: $350
Deposit with registration is a non-refundable fee of $175. The registration and deposit are due by June 15, 2017.
Final payment of $175 is due by July 1, 2017.

For more information, please email Andrew Marshall '17 at MARSHALLA17@HSC.EDU.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Two certificate programs are open to freshmen who wish to develop competencies beyond the 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. Programs are available to any enrolled student in the Class of 2021.
Enrollment will be capped at 35 students 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 will provide participants with the tools and confidence to search and apply for internships, with the goal of landing a summer internship. 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

Total cost: $300

Applications accepted through June 15,  2017.

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

Total cost: $300

Applications accepted through June 15,  2017.


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