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Student Engagement

Students in the courtyard

Participation in student activities is an excellent way to maximize your MassBay education. There are groups and activities dedicated to many areas of specialization, providing opportunities to interact with and learn from students with similar interests and backgrounds.  

Many of our activities also will afford you an opportunity to learn and fine tune skills you will need for a future career or for continuing your education.

We offer a wide variety of opportunities and services and encourage you to take advantage of all the ways to get involved in student life and make your experience at MassBay fun and exciting.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Student Engagement Office is to enhance the student experience by developing and empowering students, creating opportunities for meaningful interpersonal relationships, supporting student organizations, and providing fun, engaging programs for the diverse campus community. Student Engagement is committed to creating an environment that supports Student Success, Academic Excellence, Diversity and Inclusivity, and Community Engagement.

 

YOUR First 8 Weeks

Welcome to or Welcome Back to MassBay! 

We know that your first semester can be overwhelming. Your attention is pulled in a lot of directions; most of you are working, going to school, and have family responsibilities. Getting back into school can be a challenging transition- whether it’s been 3 weeks, 3 months, or 3 years since your last class.
 
To help you stay focused and get connected, we’ve put together a guide to help you focus on what is important throughout the first half of the semester to set you up for success now and into the future. See below to find a week-by-week guide to your first 8 weeks!
 

WEEK ONE: My MassBay

Welcome to MassBay!! Your first week is all about getting comfortable here at MassBay. Check out the Welcome Tables in the Wellesley Cafeteria and Framingham Enrollment Center to grab a cup of coffee, get a student planner, and learn about MassBay Resources and upcoming events!

WEEK ONE EVENTS

This week you should focus on:
 
  • Finalize your schedule!
    • You have the first few days of class to make sure you are enrolled in the classes you want, you can add or drop courses to better fit your schedule and learning style. Make sure you talk to an advisor in the Add/Drop Center and check your financial aid award letter before making changes to your schedule.
  • Get Organized!
    • Start keeping a schedule and planner now. Whether it’s a paper calendar or you prefer apps, make sure you have a system to keep track of your classes, activities, work schedule and major due dates. Trust us- the sooner you start developing a system that works for you, the better!
  • Take a Deep Breath
    • We know it’s overwhelming, and you aren’t the only one feeling that way! Take a chance and introduce yourself to your classmates, check out programs and activities that are available to you and start to think about what resources you could use to be successful
  • Follow MassBay on Social Media to see what’s happening around campus:
    • Facebook: @MassBayCommunityCollege
    • Instagram: MassBayView
    • Twitter: @MassBayCommCol

WEEK TWO: My Experience Week

Get Connected! Now that you have finalized your schedule it’s time to start creating connections and building your place here at MassBay. Start developing connections to your peers, staff and faculty all of whom can support you and your learning.

WEEK TWO EVENTS

 

This week you should focus on:
 
  • Familiarize yourself with your Syllabus
    • Make sure you read over and understand what your professors expect out of you for your classes, and look over major deadlines.
  • Create connections with your faculty members
    • Introduce yourself after class, ask questions, and be engaged during class.
    • Faculty often know about resources around campus and can serve as future references.
  • Attend Events
    • Attend the Academic Achievement Center’s Open House on the Framingham and Wellesley campuses to learn about the wide array of academic supports available to you!
    • Attend the Student Employment Fair to learn about on and off campus job opportunities you could apply for.
  • Connect to your Academy
    • Our Academies are the seven broad areas of study at MassBay.  All of our degree and certificate programs are grouped into these seven Academies to create better connections between students and their peers and professors. Think of your Academy as a community of professors and students who share similar interests and goals.
    • Find out when your Academy is doing its welcome and stop by to meet your classmates, faculty and learn more!

WEEK THREE: My Involvement Week

Get Involved! Your experience here at MassBay will often be defined by the people you meet and the interactions you have, so decide who you want to be here and who you want to be with. Involvement in different programs and clubs on campus leads to greater opportunities and experiences that support you and your goals.

Week three events

 

This week you should focus on:
 
  • Get involved in Clubs and Organizations:
    • Clubs and organizations provide opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom. Develop new connections and skills and have fun!
    • Check out our Student Government Association (SGA) and the ways you can be involved in making MassBay the campus you want.
  • Learn about other opportunities to get involved:
    • From our Leadership Development Program to Mentor Programs and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved!
  • Attend the Involvement Fairs
    • Learn about all of the opportunities available to you in one easy place!
  • Participate in Spirit Day
    • Wear your MassBay Swag and show-off your MassBay Pride
    • Take photos of you and your friends
      • Make sure to tag MassBay (IG: massbayview)
      • Don’t forget #StartHereGoAnywhere #mymassbay
  • Connect to your Academy
    • Our Academies are the seven broad areas of study at MassBay. All of our degree and certificate programs are grouped into these seven Academies to create better connections between students and their peers and professors. Think of your Academy as a community of professors and students who share similar interests and goals.
    • Find out when your Academy is doing its welcome and stop by to meet your classmates, faculty and learn more!
  • Stay Focused on your Academics
    • Utilize tutoring and other academic resources in the AAC
    • Know your due dates and assignments
    • Attend. Every. Class.
      • Attendance is usually factored into your grade
      • Students who show up are more successful
      • Have to miss one? Communicate with your professor ahead of time!

WEEK FOUR: My Wellness Week

Self-Care is more than a trend! Students lead incredibly busy and stressful lives and it’s important for you to prioritize your emotional, mental and physical health so you can stay focused in school.

 
This week you should focus on:
 
  • Mental/Emotional Health
    • College is hard. Life is hard. Make sure you aren’t making it harder by ignoring your own mental health. Take breaks, go outside, ask for help and talk to someone when you need it.
    • Connect with our Counseling Services (Confidential, free, and here to help you succeed www.massbay.edu/counseling)
    • Attend Stress Relief workshops offered throughout the week
  • Physical Health
    • Staying physically active is important to leading a balanced life!
    • Student can use the Recreation and Wellness Center
    • This week, check out workshops in the RWC
  • Learn about our Food Resources
    • We know it’s hard to focus in class when you are hungry so MassBay staff, faculty and students have worked to create a wide variety of food resources for our students!
    • Check out what is available to you at www.massbay.edu/snacc or stop by resource tables in the Wellesley and Framingham cafeterias this week.

WEEK FIVE: My Success Week

Information Coming Soon...

WEEK SIX: My Identity Week

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WEEK SEVEN: My Midterms Week

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WEEK EIGHT: My Future Week

Information Coming Soon...

 

 

Start YOUR Involvement TODAY!

 

1 Join a Club

2 Volunteer

3 Get involved with Student Government Association

4 Participate in the LEAD Program

5 Start your own club 

6 Play a sport

 

Weekly Event Calendars

 

Fall 2019 calendars coming soon...

 

 

Locations & Contact Information

 

Wellesley Hills Campus
Student Development
Room 130

(781) 239-3053

studentengagement@massbay.edu

Framingham Campus
Student Development
Room 316

(508) 270-4014

studentengagement@massbay.edu