1.0 Introduction – Welcome to Fanshawe College

Learning Objectives 

In this chapter you will learn what accepting your offer to Fanshawe College means and start to explore the factors that will influence and support your success throughout your term.

After reading this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Reflect on why you are in college
  • Understand the written and unwritten rules of being a Fanshawe College student
  • Understand that this is your learning journey and you are responsible for your success
  • Identify key connections to help you with your success at Fanshawe College
  • Identify how this resource is structured and how it can help you be a more successful student
  • Recognize how academic success connects to career success

Fanshawe College

Congratulations on your decision to attend Fanshawe College!

We know that college is not mandatory and it is not free. You have made a choice to commit your time to earn a certificate, diploma, degree, or trade and many of you have had to work hard to get here.

Goal, Plan, Action equals success

We are all at different places in our lives with different goals, skills, and abilities, but regardless of your past experiences,  your future success at at Fanshawe will be the direct result of your commitment, focus, and effort.

Like everything else in life that leads to meaningful results, success is not automatic. There will be a lot of things demanding your time; classes, homework, studying, work, family, friends, health and wellness and you may feel overwhelmed at times.

This course is designed to help you:

  1. Identify what you want to get out of college (your GOAL).
  2. Identify some strategies to help you reach your goal (your PLAN).
  3. Identify what steps you need to take to execute this plan (your ACTION).

You have a lot at stake and that is where this course can help!

I found this course to be a great in preparing you for college and applying to your next job. Simple activities such as practicing professional email etiquette, setting up your school calendar to stay on top of your classes and assignment due dates, and learning more about what employers are looking for in the workplace are all things that are important in helping you succeed in school and work.”
Anna-Marie McCabe – Human Resources, Fanshawe College, 2023

“I learned that it is very important to understand my weaknesses and strengths as a student so I can know what skills I have that I can rely on and which ones I need to further develop. I learned to take more efficient notes and to take into consideration my kinesthetic learning approach when studying and working on assignments. I learned to do a master calendar for all of my courses which helped me to keep myself organized and on top of all of my tasks. Finally, I understood and put into practice some of the skills that nowadays employers look for new hires to have such as resilience, social intelligence, and self-directed learning. ”
Karla Serna (Elizabeth) – Business Marketing, Fanshawe College, 2023

What Students Say

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