One of the most popular required activities in Freshman Seminar is the Group Interaction Course. Students report that it is a powerful experience. They tell us that its impact reaches far beyond the group challenges, class fun, and individual self-discovery that occurs during the activity. It raises them to a new level of understanding about what college means. All of this happens outside the classroom, away from campus, in the quiet beauty of the University Woods. The GIC becomes a metaphor for building community, valuing difference, seeking instruction, planning, dealing with criticism and failure, focusing attention, managing time, and many other things related to college success. Because it has proven to be such a valuable student experience, we have agreed that all classes will participate in the GIC early in the semester, preferably in September.

We'll do some activities that require some problem solving ability and have some connections to physics too.