East-West freshmen have an opportunity to attend an information session and engage in Q&A and open discussion on the subjects of memory, anxiety management, stress management, keeping focus in class, attendance, and financial aid benefits.  We will emphasize the connection between attending classes and receiving financial aid.  The goal of the session is to give students maximum tools, information and encouragement to graduate on time with as little debt as possible. 

Agenda of the session:

1.     Anxiety about not succeeding in a course: how not to give in; psychological tools - presentation by Student Success Center
2.     If you are working hard but still failing, or if you cannot focus, what can you do? Presentation by Dr. Sanjay Singh, neuroscientist, Director of the Biology Program
3.     What if your teacher has an accent which you do not understand? presentation by Dr. Maria Polski, Associate Professor of English and Communication
4.     How much money do you lose when you fail a class? Short-term and long-term financial implications with examples.  Presentation by Ms. Patricia Silva, EWU Financial Aid officer
5.     Statistically, most students who ever fail their classes, do so because of not attending. Question to the audience: what are some of the reasons people do not come to class? How can we change their behavior?

6.     open discussion

This forum will give students an opportunity not only to learn, but also to share their suggestions, observations and needs.

It will take place in Riaz H. Waraich Auditorium in the Student Life Center (SLC 403), on

Monday, April 21 at 9:10 a.m. (EN123, BS101, MT121, MT123, EN152)

Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. (BL103, CI101, EN151, EN166, EN154)


Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. (IS222, MT155, PS101)

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