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First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience (FYE) programme provides a bridging gap between high school and university by providing a support structure aimed at empowering and equipping first year university students with the necessary and essential skills to navigate successfully through university. 

  • The First Year Experience Programme is a campus-wide focus on the student experience.
  • Engages students in the excitement of the intellectual enterprise and socializes students into university work expectations.
  • Exposes students to multiple opportunities for intentional learning - formal curriculum, student life, co-curricular programming, community-based and global experiences.
  • Brings together teaching, extracurricular activities, counselling, mentoring, peer tutoring and supplemental instruction - transforming first year fragmentation into a congruent experience.

First Year Mentors

FYE Mentors are a select group of student leaders dedicated to serving Wits University in the capacity of advocates for new students by fostering support in academic performance, achievement, and social development. FYE Mentors work in collaboration with the FYE program, the Student Development and Leadership Units, Faculties and other support units within the University. 

FYE Mentors work as an Orientation Leader during the Orientation programme, assists with FYE classes, promote student activities, events and campus involvement. FYE Ambassadors serve as an overall leader and role model for new Wits students.

All FYE Mentors are equipped with skills in Personal Leadership and Mastery, Financial Literacy including Financial Aid Awareness, Presentation Skills, Diversity Management and the achievement Academic Excellence.  

Download the Student Guide 2020.

For more information on First Year Experience programme please visit; 

Development and Leadership Unit 
1st floor, Matrix (Student Union) Building
University of Witwatersrand
Tel: 011 717 9234
Email: Neo.Cindi@wits.ac.za / Mpho.Thahale@wits.ac.za / Nicole.Morris@wits.ac.za 

FYE 2020 Calendar

February

3 February 2020 

FIRST TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS 

18 February 2020

Referencing 101

Venue: U2, Uthombo Building, East Campus  

25 February 2020

Know Your Rights GEO

Venue: U11, Uthombo Building, East Campus

27 February 2020  

Diversity and Inclusivity

Venue: U10, Uthombo Building, East Campus

29 February 2020 

Digital Skills 

 

March

You made it through February. Well done. By now you are starting to get the feel for Unversity life. Don't panic if you still feel lost. It's normal, University life is very different to what you were used to.

 

3 March 2020

Financial Literacy

Venue: SHB4, Solomon Mahlangu  House Basement 4, East Campus 

4 March 2020

My Career   

Venue: CCDU, West Campus  

5 March 2020 

Mentor Check-in

Venue: U10, Uthombo Building 10, East Campus

7 March 2020

Digital Skills 

9 March 2020

Stress Management 

Venue: SHB4, Solomon Mahlangu House Basement 4, East Campus 

11 March 2020

Your Health Matters

Venue: RS215, Robert Sobukwe Building 215, East Campus  

14 March 2020

Digital Skills 

16 March 2020

Wellness in the Park 

18 March 2020 

 WCCO 

20 March 2020

FIRST TEACHING BLOCK ENDS

21 March 2020

MIDTERM VACATION/STUDY/ RESEARCH BREAK BEGINS 

29 March 2020

MIDTERM VACATION/STUDY/ RESEARCH BREAK ENDS

30 March 2020

SECOND TEACHING BLOCK

April

2 April 2020

Mentor Check-In

Venue: WSS3, Wits Science Stadium 3, West Campus

4 April 2020

Digital Skills

6 April 2020

Time Management

Venue: CCDU, West Campus

7 April 2020

Book Club

Venue: FNB45, First National Building 45, West Campus 

8 April 2020

Your Health Matters

Venue: FNB35, First National Building 35, West Campus

14 April 2020

Healthly Relationships 

Venue: U1, Uthombo Building 1, East Campus

16 April 2020

Emotional Intelligence

Venue: U10, Uthombo Building 10, East Campus 

18 April 2020

Digital Skills

21 April 2020

Plagiarism and Copyrighting

Venue: FNB45, First National Building 45, West Campus

23 April 2020

Referencing 101

Venue: WSS3, Wits Science Stadium 3, West Campus 

25 April 2020

Digital Skills

28 April 2020

Authentic Leadership

Venue: FNB45, First National Building 45, West Campus 

 

May

2 May 2020

Digital Skills

4 May 2020

Mentor Check-In

Venue: WSS5, Wits Science Stadium 5, West Campus  

6 May 2020

Stress Management

Venue: FNB35, First National Building 35, West Campus  

9 May 2020

Digital Skills 

11 May 2020

Resilience 

Venue: WSS5, Wits Science Stadium 5, West Campus 

14 May 2020

SECOND TEACHING BLOCK ENDS 

15 May 2020

STUDY BREAK BEGINS 

24 May 2020

STUDY BREAK ENDS  

25 May 2020

EXAMINATIONS BEGIN   

August

5 August 2020

Preparing for the World of Work as a 1st Year Student

6 August 2020

Know Your Rights

10 August 2020

Book Club

13 August 2020

Don’t Dis Our Ability

19 August 2020

Mentor Check-In

28 August 2020 

THIRD TEACHING BLOCK ENDS 

29 August 2020 

MID-TERM VACATION/STUDY/RESEARCH BREAK BEGINS

June

22 June 2020 

EXAMINATIONS END  

23 June 2020 

MIDTERM VACATION/STUDY/ RESEARCH BREAK

July

12 July 2020

MIDTERM VACATION/STUDY/ RESEARCH BREAK ENDS. WELCOME BACK, YOU ARE ALMOST AT THE FINISH LINE AND FYE IS STILL HERE TO HELP YOU FINISH STRONG!  

13 July 2020

THIRD TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS

20 July 2020

Your Health Matters 

22 July 2020

Mentor Check-In

27 July 2020

Time Management

28 July 2020

Plagiarism & Copywriting

30 July 2020

Referencing 101

September

6 September 2020

IT'S SPRING! MIDTERM VACATION/STUDY/ RESEARCH BREAK ENDS

7 September 2020 

FOURTH TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS

14 September 2020

Wellness in the Park

16 September 2020

Mentor Check-In

21 September 2020

Time Management 

22 September 2020

Book Club  

October

1 October 2020

Final Mentor Check-In 

20 October 2020 

FOURTH TEACHING BLOCK ENDS

21 October 2020

STUDY BREAK BEGINS

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