Supporting Students Through Freshmen Enhancement Program: Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals

In a proactive response to the challenges faced by students entering a new academic and social environment, the Guidance and Testing Center took a significant step by organizing the Freshmen Enhancement Program (FEP) from October 24-27, 2023, along with the High School Life Adjustment (HSLA) session on September 29, 2023. The overarching theme of these sessions, “Building Competencies for Coping with Academic and Social Challenges,” reflects a commitment to fostering holistic development and aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The FEP and HSLA sessions sought to empower new students with the necessary competencies to overcome obstacles, facilitate personal growth, and create a supportive, inclusive environment conducive to positive social interactions. This initiative particularly resonates with SDG 4 (Quality Education), emphasizing the provision of inclusive and equitable quality education, and SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), addressing mental health awareness and stress management.

Throughout the engaging mix of insightful discussions and interactive activities, the focus areas included building social competencies, enhancing academic skills, and promoting value clarification. These efforts contribute to SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) by promoting social inclusion and ensuring equal opportunities for personal development.

Counselors played a pivotal role in sharing effective study techniques, time management skills, and tips for navigating the complexities of college-level coursework and high school life adjustments. By emphasizing stress management, mental health awareness, and self-care practices, the program directly supports SDG 3 (good health and well-being).

Values clarification was recognized as a cornerstone of the sessions, exploring individual principles, ethics, and personal growth. This aligns with SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions) by fostering a sense of ethics and values in the participants. Through reflective exercises and open conversations, students were encouraged to examine their values and set personal goals aligned with their core beliefs, contributing to SDG 5 (Gender Equality) by empowering individuals to make informed choices academically and socially.

In conclusion, the Freshmen Enhancement Program and High School Life Adjustment session not only provided valuable experiences for participants but also actively contributed to the advancement of Sustainable Development Goals, reinforcing the institution’s commitment to holistic student development and global sustainability.