FYE: First Year Exploration

*** PLEASE NOTE: Lauder College House is transitioning to a first-year house in the fall of 2023 due to renovations in the Quad. As such none of our program communities will be active for the 23-24 academic year***
FYE: First Year Exploration is an opportunity for first year residents of Lauder College House to live together on a floor and engage in activities that promote transition to life at Penn, academic development, personal health and wellness, and social interaction.
Exploration means the action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it. In FYE, we hope to foster a community of students interested in exploring different approaches to pursuing goals, making connections, caring for ourselves and others, and curiosity in the greater community. Students who participate in FYE will be able to share common experiences with other first year students, talk about their individual strengths and challenges during their first year, develop personal and academic goals, practice skills that promote personal wellness, and explore our community at Penn and in Philadelphia.
FYE is located on the 2nd floor of Lauder College House. This floor includes a reading room. These spaces are available for use by all Lauder College House residents.
Program Goals:
  • Students who participate in FYE activities will be able to:
  • Reflect on their experiences transitioning into Penn and a collegiate environment
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to the benefit of the house and local community through mentoring and civic engagement projects
  • Connect with campus resources from a variety of departments
  • Develop meaningful relationships with community peers, faculty, and staff
  • Practice life skills in preparation for off-campus (or post-college) living environments
  • Engage in activities and discussion that promote career goals
  • Engage with the greater Philadelphia community to promote community involvement
Program Focus:
FYE activities will include weekly community gatherings that feature group discussions, team-building, and other social activities. We will also venture out in Philadelphia to learn about our city. Residents will also be able to shape FYI initiatives and activities by bringing their own interests and ideas to our program offerings.
Program Location: 2nd Floor

Special Amenities: Cardio fitness room, wellness space, and community room with kitchen