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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. 

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  • 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 Ambassadors

FYE Ambassadors 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 Ambassadors work in collaboration with the FYE program, the Student Development and Leadership Units, Faculties and other support units within the University. 

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

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 2018 Calendar

February

5 February 2018 

FIRST TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS

12 February 2018 

Financial Literacy
13h15 - 14h00

13 February 2018 

Know Your Rights!
13h15 - 14h00

15 February 2018 

Book Club
13h15 - 14h00

19 February 2018 

Adjusting and Thriving at University
13h15 - 14h00

20 February 2018 

Humanities Reading Skills
10h00 - 12h00

21 February 2018 

Humanities Reading Skills
10h00 - 12h00 

22 February 2018 

Managing the Stress of University Life
13h15 - 14h00 

23 February 2018 

Humanities Reading Skills
10h00-12h00

26 February 2018 

Humanities Time Management
10h00 - 12h00

27 February 2018 

Let's Find Out What My Learning Style Is!
13h15 - 14h00 

28 February 2018 

Humanities Time Management
10h00 - 12h00

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.

1 - 2 March 2018

Humanities Time Management
10h00 - 12h00

3 March 2018 

Computer Literacy - Introduction to Sakai
10h00 - 13h00 

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

5 - 6 March 2018 

Humanities Note-Taking Skills
10h00 - 12h00

7 March 2018

Wellness Matters... You Matter
13h15 - 14h00

8 - 9 March 2018

Humanities Note-Taking Skills
10h00 - 12h00

10 March 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Word 
10h00 - 13h00

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

12 - 13 March 2018 

Humanities Academic Writing-Essay Structuring
10h00-12h00

14 March 2018

Learn to Celebrate Difference
13h15 - 14h00

15 - 16 March 2018 

Humanities Academic Writing-Essay Structuring
10h00-12h00 

17 March 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Exel 
10h00 - 13h00 

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

19 March 2018 

Campus Conversations
13h15 - 14h00

20 March 2018

Wellness & Emotional Intelligence Community Engagement WCCO

22 March 2018

Coping with Test and Exam Anxiety

23 March 2018

FIRST TEACHING BLOCK ENDS

24 March 2018

MID-TERM VACATION/STUDY/RESEARCH BREAK

April

3 March 2018 

SECOND TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS. WELCOME BACK WITSIES!

5 April 2018 

Know Your Rights!
13h15 - 14h00 

7 April 2018 

Computer Literacy - Introduction to Sakai
10h00 - 13h00

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House  

9 April 2018 

Humanities Academic Writing-Referencing
10h00 - 12h00 

10 April 2018 

Humanities Academic Writing-Referencing
10h00 - 12h00

11 April 2018 

Bouncing Back After Failure
13h15 - 14h00 

12 April 2018 

Humanities Academic Writing-Referencing
10h00 - 12h00

13 April 2018 

Humanities Academic Writing-Referencing
10h00 - 12h00 

14 April 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Word 
10h00 - 13h00

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House  

18 April 2018 

Book Club
13h15 - 14h00 

19 April 2018 

Campus Conversations

21 and 28 April 2018

Computer Literacy

10h00 - 13h00

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House  

24 April 2018

Dispelling Stigma of Mental Illness
13h15 - 14h00

25 April 2018 

Life Coaching Group (Time Management )
14h30-16h30

* Booking essential @ CCDU 

May

5 May 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Word
09h00 - 13h00

7 - 11 May 2018 

Humanities Study Skills
10h00-12h00 

14 - 16 May 2018 

Humanities Exam Skills
10h00 - 12h00

17 May 2018 

SECOND TEACHING BLOCK ENDS

18 May 2018 

STUDY BREAK BEGINS 

28 May 2018 

EXAMINATIONS BEGIN

June

22 June 2018 

EXAMINATIONS END 

23 June 2018 

WINTER VACATION/STUDY/ RESEARCH BREAK

July

16 July 2018

THIRD TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS. WELCOME BACK, YOU ARE ALMOST AT THE FINISH LINE AND FYE IS STILL HERE TO HELP YOU FINISH STRONG!  

19 July 2018 

Bouncing Back After Failure
13h15 - 14h00

21 July 2018 

Computer Literacy- MS Word
10h00 - 13h00 

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

24 July 2018 

Thriving At University
13h15 - 14h00

25 July 2018 

Life Coaching Group ( Motivation )

* Booking essential @ CCDU

28 July 2018 

Computer Literacy- Introduction to Sakai 
10h00 - 13h00 

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

31 July 2018 

Managing the Stress of University Life
13h15 - 14h00

August

4 August 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Word
10h00 - 13h00

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

6 August 2018 

Wellness Matters... You Matter
13h15 - 14h00

8 August 2018 

Wellness & Emotional Intelligence Community Engagement WCCO

11 August 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Exel 
10h00 - 13h00

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

16 August 2018 

Learn To Celebrate Difference

13h15 - 14h00 

18 August 2018 

Computer Literacy
10h00 - 14h00 

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House  

22 August 2018 

Dispelling Stigma of Mental Illness
13h15 - 14h00

25 August 2018 

Computer Literacy
10h00 - 14h00 

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

31 August 2018 

THIRD TEACHING BLOCK ENDS 

October

17 October 2018 

Life Coaching Group (Motivation)
* Booking essential @ CCDU
14h30 - 16h30

23 October 2018 

FOURTH TEACHING BLOCK ENDS

24 October 2018 

STUDY BREAK BEGINS

30 October 2018 

STUDY BREAK ENDS

31 October 2018 

EXAMINATIONS BEGIN

September

1 September 2018 

IT'S SPRING! MID-TERM VACATION/STUDY/RESEARCH BREAK BEGINS

9 September 2018 

MID-TERM VACATION/STUDY/RESEARCH BREAK ENDS

10 September 2018 

FOURTH TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS

12 September 2018 

Campus Conversations
13h15 - 14h00

15 September 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Word
10h00 - 13h00 

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House  

20 September 2018 

Campus Conversations
13h15 - 14h00

21 September 2018 

Coping With Test And Exam Anxiety
13h15 - 14h00

22 September 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Exel 
10h00 - 13h00

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

29 September 2018 

Computer Literacy - MS Word 

13h00 - 14h00

Venue: Pearson Lab, 3rd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House 

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