EXPLORE Living-Learning Community

The EXPLORE living-learning community, located in Callahan Hall, is a space for students excited to intentionally explore their major and career options. Students in this community will be able to explore their interests, values, and goals in relation to academic and career options by gathering information through programming, experiential learning, community building, and coursework. 

Created in partnership with the University Exploratory Studies Program, residents will have the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and other students in exciting ways as they explore their options. This active exploration will prepare students to make well informed academic and career decisions.  This process of exploration will be guided by three step decision making model focusing on self-assessment, exploring academic and career options, and deciding and acting.      

This community is open to all first-year students in any major who are committed to exploration.  Students planning to start in the University Exploratory Studies Program are highly encouraged to live in this community.       

 

Benefits of EXPLORE

  • Receive academic credit
  • Participate in activities and programs central to involvement opportunities and areas of interest
  • Direct access to UESP academic advisors
  • Service to OSU and the Corvallis community
  • Have a better understanding of academic/career direction by the end of the academic year
  • Create life-long friendships

 

Participant Expectations:

  1. Help to create a supportive and inclusive community in seeking resources and normalizing thoughts/fears towards major and career decision making.
  2. Engage in exciting self-assessment opportunities to identify values, interests, and personality and use this information to make well informed academic and career decisions.
  3. Promote major and career exploration through experiential learning including guest speakers, field trips, service learning, and other opportunities in and out of Callahan Hall.
  4. Build peer-to-peer relationships around similar interest areas, coursework, and exploration opportunities within a safe space.
  5. Successful completion of a two credit ALS 199 first-year seminar course.  

 

ALS 199: EXPLORE course:

It is HIGHLY recommended that residents living in EXPLORE complete the associated two credit seminar course.  Participation in this course builds community and eases the transition into college.  Topics covered in this course include

  • Academic resources
  • Career inventories and assessments
  • Exploration strategies and tools
  • Involvement Opportunities
  • Goal setting

 

EXPLORE Living-Learning Community Coordination: In conjunction with Callahan staff, the Coordinator oversees the EXPLORE community program, teaches the seminar course, coordinates activities, and advises EXPLORE students in the University Exploratory Studies Program. For more information about EXPLORE contact Tiffany Fritz, Coordinator of First-Year Experience Programs for UESP, at tiffany.fritz@oregonstate.edu.