What students are saying?

At the end of the Fall 2020 semester, the First Year Inquiry staff sent a survey to students who enrolled in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 FYI courses. Here is what some of the students had to say.

How has your increased level of comfort interacting with faculty from participating in the First Year Inquiry Program improved your educational experiences in your current classes?

Every student in my First Year Inquiry class connected with our professor. She made a point to ask us how we were doing and really tried to cater the lessons to our collective learning style. She was also very flexible. If she had an assignment and you wanted to alter it a little bit in a way that still taught the concepts and met the learning objectives she was all ears and would help you make sure the new assignment would prepare you just as well for further learning in the course. I feel more comfortable approaching other faculty now because I know they truly want us to succeed.
Because the class size was so small, our professor got to know us all on a personal level, which made her very easy to approach during and after class. I am much less afraid to reach out to my current professors in classes with 200+ students, whether I'm asking for help or out of curiosity.
My FYI professor has been one of my favorite professors by far. The way she taught the class allowed me to get comfortable with the material, but more specifically comfortable with her. She was very down-to-earth, while stay maintaining a professional mannerism. I learned during that class that I shouldn't be afraid of faulty; she really helped ease my anxiety. I felt so much more confident about writing emails to professors and asking for help after that class.
It has made it easier to interact with professors and faculty, especially given the online environment its important to help close that gap in communication and i think the fyi program really helped with that

Please describe why you would recommend the First Year Inquiry experience to other students.

When I was a first-year student and didn't know anyone, it was cool to have a group of people that bonded over being in two small classes. I'm still friends with a couple of those classmates today.
I would recommend a First Year Inquiry because the class is smaller which means you get more personal attention. You also get to know your classmates better which is an invaluable resource. Additionally, further opportunities can come from these interactions. My professor actually reached out to me after the class to help her with a paper she was working on and wanted a student's perspective on. It was cool contributing to research outside my discipline and I know I would not have gotten that opportunity without this class.
Opens your mind to a different style of class at NC State. It is the smallest and most close-knit class I have had during my time at NC State.
I highly recommend FYI classes to other students because of the sense of community the classes bring. Knowing every classmate on a first name basis and having a personal relationship with your professor in a discussion-based class allows for your voice to be heard and valued in a safe space.
I would recommend a FYI class to another student because it felt like a break/relief compared to my other classes. The transition to lecture halls and classes with hundreds of students can be daunting and it can feel like you aren't really being seen as an individual student. The FYI class was a break from that to be in a class where I could get a better understanding of what the mindset of a professor teaching a class is like and how I can interact with them. Also the material in the class was genuinely interesting, and we got to spend more time making sure everyone got to understand and discuss the material thoroughly because it was a smaller class size.
The most valuable part was having the same group of classmates in my USC class and the inquiry class because we all got really close and I made some lifelong friends this way. This is so valuable for freshman.
I highly recommend FYI classes to other students because of the sense of community the classes bring. Knowing every classmate on a first name basis and having a personal relationship with your professor in a discussion-based class allows for your voice to be heard and valued in a safe space.