I like the concept... a class to help new students deal with the stress of a new school.
And Florida State's program includes videos of current students talking about "What I Wish I Knew"... obstacles they encountered freshman year and how they overcame them.
But it's making news because Florida State made the program mandatory... HOWEVER, students can get a waiver to opt out if it's too stressful.
There are no tests involved. What's to stress about?
Here's what they're asked to do:
• Requirements include: watching the Introduction to Trauma and Introduction to Resilience videos, listening to at least two audios of the student’s choice, and learning about one new skill in the skills section.
We don't get to "opt out" of training videos and tests at work.
We don't get to "opt out" of job tasks.
Let them face a little stress.
If they can't handle a 45 minute video assignment, how will they handle college.. or beyond?
FSU: you just take a class about stress— irish bearcat (@bctswg) August 29, 2018
FSU: if the class stresses you, one can opt out.
Sign of our times: FSU now requires all incoming freshmen and transfer student to take a mandatory class on how to deal with the stress of academics at the university level. However, if the class is too stressful, they can sign a waiver and opt out of the class.— Nathan Thomas Starns (@nathan_starns) August 29, 2018
This fall, FSU's 6,000 incoming freshman will be required to take part in the "Student Resilience Project," designed to help them cope with #stress and #trauma @qz https://t.co/8s2wct5DCi #edchat #highered #resilience— MindShift (@MindShiftKQED) August 29, 2018